Altered Esthetics was founded in 2004 by Jamie Schumacher to assist low-income and unrepresented artists in Minneapolis. Over time, Ae has evolved to meet the needs in the growing Minneapolis/St. Paul arts scene. Our mission now includes arts education and community building.
In 2014, we closed our gallery doors at the Q.arma Building in Northeast Minneapolis to explore pop-up exhibitions in different locations around the Twin Cities. Ae held regular exhibitions at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis' West Bank from 2016 - 2018. Now, Ae hosts workshops, microcinemas, and other events at various Twin Cities venues including libraries, bookstores, and art studios/ maker spaces.
Ae is operated by a volunteer board who dedicate their time and talent to the organization's mission and vision. In 2006, Ae gained nonprofit 501-C3 status. With exhibitions showcasing emerging artists, an annual avant-garde film festival, and professional and educational workshops for artists, Ae continues to contribute to the artistic community in the Twin Cities.