The Soap Factory Presents its 2016 Program Year


The Soap Factory returns in 2016 with an artist residency program, the celebration of a milestone anniversary and two new exhibitions!

The Soap Factory's Emerging Artist Residency Program
May 1st - Sept 23rd

The Soap Factory would like to introduce an exciting new summer program as we open our doors and invite local emerging artists to experiment in our space!

This new opportunity for artists consists of five month-long residencies that take place from May until September 2016. Each month, our three galleries will be occupied by emerging artists, appointed and mentored by 15 different Soap Factory alumni artists and curators. These artists-in-residence will be allowed to make new work directly in the space, responding to the gallery environment and to one another. At the end of each residency we will be hosting a public opening. Dates and other public programming TBA. 

The Haunted Basement
September 23rd - October 31st

2016 marks the milestone 10th anniversary of The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement and to celebrate, we plan on breaking ALL the rules. 

The baton has been handed over to Director and long time Haunted Basement artist Christopher Barton as well as Associate Director Walker Friend, who have been brought on board to create and curate the most horrifying Haunted Basement experience yet - incorporating new nightmares only we can conjure along with some old favorites we just CAN'T let you forget - no matter how hard you've tried. 

The Haunted Basement will take place throughout the entirety of The Soap Factory's basement and first floor gallery spaces. Included in this will be a retrospective exhibition showcasing the artistry of the project over the course of the last 10 years. And, with this much freedom, who knows where patrons will find themselves.....or what they'll encounter when they get there.

Included again this year will be an opportunity for patrons to experience the Haunted Basement solo through our Blind Invocation ritual. Those brave enough to take this plunge will be rewarded with hidden Easter Egg environments and extra special treatment from our basement Creeps.

The Haunted Basement kicks off its 10th Anniversary year on April 9th with an un-gala fundraiser at Squirrel Haus Arts. More information can be found here:

Submission Shows
Nov 12 - December 18

Curated from our 2015 call for submissions, The Soap Factory welcomes another group of emerging and mid-career artists to exhibit in our galleries.

Participating artists in our upstairs galleries: Jack Pavlik, J. Myszka Lewis, Anna Campbell, Adam Caillier and Michael Mott, Katayoun Amjadi, The Shaft, Heather Buechler, Lindsay Foster and Mimi Cabell.

Our new and improved basement gallery will be home to new work and installations by local artist, Mathew Zefeldt.

Both submission shows will be opening November 12th, 7-11pm, running until December 18th. More information to be posted this spring, be sure to visit our calendar at! 

Our next call for submissions will be in June of 2016.

Volunteer Biennial
Jan 14 - Feb 12

Created and planned by artists who know The Soap Factory best, our volunteer biennial showcases the talents of The Soap Factory's volunteer force in a collaborative group show. Submission information will be announced this summer.
 ABOUT THE SOAP FACTORY: The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment.

Based in the historic National Purity Soap Factory in downtown Minneapolis, The Soap Factory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Media Contact:
Maggie FitzGibbon