Rethinking Public Spaces Throughout Minnesota


In 2017, The Soap Factory will be undergoing some much needed renovation in order to further our mission to serve artists and engage local audiences in innovative ways.

During construction we are looking to sponsor several projects within Minnesota that utilize public spaces that challenge the idea of traditional galleries and redefine public space in the way that the founders of the Soap Factory did when they moved into the building.

While projects can range in theme and concept, The Soap Factory is specifically looking for projects that deal with creating community engagement in public spaces, re-think public spaces, and/or utilize spaces that often neglected or taken for granted.

In addition to staff, installation support, and documentation support; The Soap Factory will provide five projects with a stipend of $5,000 and two projects with a stipend of $10,000. Individual and group artist proposals are accepted. 

Projects will be presented by The Soap Factory between June 01 - Dec 31, 2017, to be detemined based on accepted proposals. *If your project cannot take place or be installed during a certain season or specific timeframe, please make note in your proposal. 

Accepted proposals will be notified and scheduled by April 10th, 2017 following the close of the submission deadline.

Opportunity Opens

Monday, Dec 19th 2016

Opportunity Closes

Wednesday, Feb 22nd 2017, 3:00pm


Submissions to The Soap Factory are reviewed by a panel of anonymous jurors and selected for programs.


Must be 18+ to apply. We encourage emerging contemporary artists to apply, but like to see artists whose background includes a fine arts education and involved in exhibitions elsewhere.

Open to Minnesota based artists and artist collaborations working in visual art, video, and performance.


Please follow and fill out the required forms through

*You will be asked to provide the following information: Name
, Email
, Phone
, Address

*5-10 color images of your work.

*Resume, artist statement and project description/proposal. *If your project cannot take place or be installed during a certain season or specific timeframe, please make note in your proposal. 

*You will be able to submit video through the online submission application

*The Soap Factory is committed to diversity in audience, staff and programming. To assist us in achieving our diversity goals, please indicate your ethnicity or cultural background. Note that responses to this query are not a factor in showing at The Soap Factory, but a measurement of how well we are promoting our submission process to diverse communities.

*All application materials must be submitted in English.

Please submit your application online through

Step 1: Create a Mn Artists account. 
Register here:
A Mn Artists account is required to submit, but your profile and work do not need to be public. 
More info: How to Register for Mn Artists

Step 2: Fill out your profile information and upload work samples to your Mn Artists account.
More info: How to Create an Artist ProfileHow to Add Artwork

Step 3: Apply. Click the Apply link above to start your application. Your application materials are automatically populated, pulling content from your Mn A account, simplifying this and future applications.
More info: How to Use Mn Artists Applications

Submissions are only accepted online through the submission process. 

The Soap Factory encourages, but do not require you to publicize your profile on You do not have to have an existing, but must create a profile to submit through

We do NOT accept e-mailed submissions OR mailed in submissions.

Mn Artists Applications pulls information and work samples directly from your Mn Artists profile, and allows you to customize your materials for the particular opportunity for which you’re applying. Note that the application software does not include autosave; it will save your work only when you click Back or Next. For more information on Mn Artists Applications, see here.

Start your application early, and reach out to the friendly staff at Mn Artists with any questions about the software: [email protected]

Contact [email protected] with any other questions about this call.

Application Location


MN Artists