Altered Esthetics was founded in 2004 by Jamie Schumacher to assist low-income and unrepresented artists in the Minneapolis community. Over time, Ae has evolved to meet the needs in the growing Minneapolis/St. Paul arts scene. In 2006, we shifted our focus from representation to 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 began holding regular exhibitions at the Southern Theater in 2016.
Ae is operated by a volunteer board. Each member directly supports the mission and vision of the organization, not only through their fiscal support, but through voluntary management. In 2006, Ae gained 501-c3 status. With a strong internship program, professional workshops for artists, and unique educational programs, Ae has been a pillar in the Minneapolis community.