Hand-in-Glove convenes in Minneapolis, MN on September 17-20, 2015

Common Field, Works Progress Studio and The Soap Factory are pleased to invite artists, arts organizers, and other supporters of independent and grassroots visual art production to join the Hand-in-Glove conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 17-20, 2015.

This will be the third Hand-in-Glove convening supporting the work of alternative and experimental visual arts organizations and organizers. Since 2011, Hand-in-Glove has assembled hundreds of arts leaders from cities across the country to address pressing issues and innovations in arts organizing through panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Previous iterations of Hand-in-Glove have taken place in Chicago (2011) and New Orleans (2013). This three-day convening in Minneapolis will include debates, workshops, presentations and social activities, with a focus on collaborative production and response. Based at The Soap Factory, an arts organization located in the former National Purity Soap Company building, Hand-in-Glove 2015 will include presentations by leading voices in the visual arts from across the country, as well as opportunities to engage with the creative community in Minneapolis-St. Paul through artist-led tours and hosted meals with conference attendees.

This convening is co-produced by Common Field, a new national network raising the visibility and viability of artist-centric contemporary visual arts organizations and projects across the United States. Common Field represents the interests of a broad spectrum of independent organizations and individuals supporting contemporary visual arts, from grassroots projects and artist spaces to mid-sized nonprofits. Common Field creates connections amongst this varied sector, explores historical precedents, and develops resources and support structures that respond to the social, economic, and political contexts changing how artists live and work. One of the core programs is the Hand-in-Glove convening, co-produced with members of Common Field. Founding members Works Progress Studio and The Soap Factory will develop this year’s conference along with local and national collaborators.

Conference registration will open in Spring 2015. A network of housing shares will be organized, and scholarships will be available for organizers in need of financial assistance.

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Hand-in-Glove 2016 will take place in Miami, Florida in collaboration with Common Field founding member Cannonball.


Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Led by wife-husband Collaborative Directors Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker, the studio engages an expansive network of artists, designers, organizers, researchers, advocates and other creative people to realize imaginative public art and design projects rooted in place and purpose.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015, The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation, audience engagement and emerging cultural practices. As an organization, they produce innovative programs across artistic disciplines – more than 300 exhibitions, performances and events since its founding in 1989.

Common Field is currently led by founding members Elizabeth Chodos of Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI, Courtney Fink of Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA, Nat May of SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME, Abigail Satinsky and Shannon Stratton of Threewalls in Chicago, IL, and Stephanie Sherman of Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Other founding membership is composed of 20 visual arts leaders from across the US who have been meeting since 2013 to support the development and initial shape of the initiative. Common Field membership will open publicly in Spring 2015.