Visual Arts Organizers Converge in Minneapolis-St. Paul for Common Field’s Hand-in-Glove Convening, Sept 17-20, 2015

Common Field, Works Progress Studio and The Soap Factory are pleased to invite visual arts organizers from across the nation to the Twin Cities for the third Hand-in-Glove convening on September 17-20th, 2015. Independent, grassroots, and experimental visual arts organizers and organizations will participate in this three-day convening based at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, with activities at various Twin Cities locations.

Hand-in-Glove 2015 will include a keynote debate, presentations by leaders in the field of arts organizing, workshops, social activities, shared meals hosted by local artists and organizers, and visits to Twin Cities-based artist projects and spaces. Hand-in-Glove 2015 is organized by artists Works Progress Studio, non-profit gallery The Soap Factory, Common Field leadership, and a group of local and national advisors.

“Hand-in-Glove provides a much-needed platform for arts organizers to learn from and connect with each other, expanding the possibilities of their work,” said Ben Heywood, Executive Director of The Soap Factory. “In the Twin Cities this type of arts organizing flourishes, and we are thrilled to host a national convening of our peers.”

Hand-in-Glove 2015 will also celebrate the official public launch of Common Field, a new network for visual arts organizations and organizers across the United States and beyond, “Common Field members include artist-run and non-profit art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, festivals, residencies, collectives and collaborative organizers working in a variety of mediums. These projects value artist-centered culture through independent, grassroots, and responsive practices and contribute to the communities in which they are situated,” said Common Field co-director Abigail Satinsky. “Hand in Glove 2015 is an exciting opportunity to convene a national conversation, particularly in the Twin Cities, home to such vibrant artist culture.” The network’s new website will launch in June 2015.

This will be the third Hand-in-Glove convening held in support of alternative and experimental visual arts organizers and organizations. Previous iterations of Hand-in-Glove have been hosted by Threewalls in Chicago (2011) and Press Street in New Orleans (2013).

Tickets for Hand-in-Glove will go on sale in mid-June in tandem with the launch of the Common Field website and public membership. Interested arts organizers can currently sign-up below or at to be among the first to know when memberships become available and Hand-in-Glove tickets go on sale.


Presenters and participants will include Joe Ahearn (Clocktower Radio, New York, NY), Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (University of Texas, Austin, TX), Complex Movements (Emergence Media, Detroit, MI), DeAnna Cummings (Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, MN), Alison Gerber (University of Uppsala, Sweden), Sam Gould (Red76, Minneapolis, MN), Seitu Jones (CREATE: The Community Meal, Saint Paul, MN), Tricia Khutoretsky (Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN), Gavin Kroeber (Experience Economies, New York, NY), Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee (ARTS.BLACK, Brooklyn, NY and Detroit, MI), James McAnally (Temporary Art Review, Saint Louis, MO), Dylan A.T. Miner (East Lansing, MI), Chaka Mkali / I Self Divine (Hope Community, Minneapolis, MN), Susannah Schouweiler (Mn Artists, Minneapolis, MN), Mona Smith (Healing Place Collaborative, Minneapolis, MN), Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY), Sheila Smith (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Saint Paul, MN), Andy Sturdevant (Minneapolis, MN), Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E., New York, NY), Maria Sykes (Epicenter, Green River, UT), Chaun Webster (Ancestry Books, Minneapolis, MN), Rosten Woo (Los Angeles, CA), Common Field founding members, and many more.

A full conference program will be available soon at


Common Field is a new network of visual arts organizers and organizations that offer platforms for experimental, non-commercial contemporary art. Launching publicly in June 2015, Common Field fosters learning, advocacy, and exchange through an online network, annual convening, regional chapters, and commissioned research projects.

Common Field Leadership: Abigail Satinsky (Threewalls, Chicago, IL), Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC), Elizabeth Chodos (Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI), Courtney Fink (Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA), and Nat May (SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME).

Common Field Founding Members: Kenny Bailey (Design Studio for Social Intervention, Boston, MA), Shana Berger (Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL), Elizabeth Cline (Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA), Chris Cook (Cannonball, Miami, FL), Kate Hackman (formerly of Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO), Ben Heywood (The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN), Kristin Kennedy (PICA, Portland, OR), Jori Ketten (186 Carpenter, Providence, RI), Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson (Works Progress Studio, Minneapolis, MN), Chris Lynn (formerly of Spaces, Cleveland, OH), Sharon Maidenberg (Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA), James McAnally (The Luminary Center for the Arts, Saint Louis, MO), Jonathan Middleton (OR Gallery, Vancouver, Canada), Maia Murphy (Recess, New York, NY), Shannon Rae (formerly of Threewalls), Victoria Reis (Transformer, Washington DC), Lane Relyea (Northwestern University, Chicago, IL), Bob Snead (Press Street, New Orleans, LA), Andrew Suggs (formerly of Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA), Jon Brumit & Sarah Wagner (dflux, Detroit, MI), Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace, New York, NY), and Nancy Zastudil (Central Features, Albuquerque, NM).


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.


Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC based in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Led by 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 projects rooted in place and purpose.


Hand-in-Glove and Common Field are funded with generous start-up support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Local supporters of the Hand-in-Glove convening include The Jerome Foundation and the Knight Foundation.


Stephanie Sherman
Common Field Co-Director
(610) 462-8665