Friday, November 21, 2008

Level_13 CDs and Posters now available!

CDs and Posters

Altered Esthetics is proud to announce the release of our first compilation CD - Level_13: Secret Level! These limited edition discs have custom Letterpress covers printed by Angry Sasha Press and are hand-sealed with a super sweet sticker as you can see below. 13 awesome tracks of Video Game themed music! $13.

We are also happy to present the limited edition poster commemorating the 3rd biennial Video Game art show. Designed by Altered Esthetics and printed by Burlesque of North America, the poster is printed on 18x24" FRENCH SPECKLETONE - True White. Only 100 printed, hand numbered. On sale for $7.

Poster and CD sales help support Altered Esthetics and are the perfect gift for any video game lover. Why not buy an X-mas present this year that is really cool AND you can feel good about where the money goes?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Art of Performance - Last Call for Entries!

The Art of Performance will open in January, 2009!

We know the process is a little bit different with the new website, so we wanted to give everybody a little bit more time to submit their works.

- there is still time and room for you to submit to the show -
We'll be extending this deadline November 30th.

You can submit by visiting:

You can also submit by sending your image along with your name, image, image title, description, size, media, email address, and phone number to:

(We really do prefer if you try to submit through the new site, though. :) )


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Level_13 Photos

(From Right to Left: Jamie, Liz, Kova and Toneski, Level_13 Curators)

A huge thank-you to everybody involved in the Level_13 show, and also to Digital Crush Photography for coming out to take some awesome pictures of the Level_13: Secret Level opening!

The opening went really well and everybody had a blast. We had a really good turn out and it seemed as though everybody had a great time. Woohoo!

Here are a few pictures of the show from today, just so you can get an idea of how things are set up.

We do have some copies of the Level_13: Secret Level CD available for sale, I will post as soon as we get those up.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Open Calls for 2009


Altered Esthetics is excited to announce our exhibitions
and Featured Artists winners for 2009.

Interested in submitting works?
Visit our open calls page to view all 2009 exhibitions:

The Art of Performance
Ballet, jazz, rock, theatre, captured through painting, photography, sculpture and more. This show celebrates the art of performance through the language of visual art.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: DeDe Sorensen

Rejected Art
Was your artwork wrongfully rejected from another show for censorship or other reasons? Show us your rejected art and tell us your story!

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Silvana Lacreta Ravena

Creativity Runs in the Family - Intergenerational Art Show
Did your grandfather paint, and your mother sculpt? Is your uncle a photographer? This show will highlight the work of creative family pairs or groups. Collaborative works as well as separate images are welcome. Share your story!

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Margaret M. Gamache

Coloring Outside the lines II
Children's Art

I Heart Northeast
One of only several official Arts Districts in the states, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is home to over 400 artists, studios and galleries as well as countless historical landmarks and fabulous brownstones. This show features artwork about our awesome Northeast Minneapolis.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Martha LeDuc

Bike Art IV
Bicycle themed artwork - an annual exhibit.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Andy Singer

Resident Artists V
This show is open to artists who have displayed work at Ae 5 or more times since inception. There is no specific theme.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Karen Riggs

Big Funny
Altered Esthetics, in partnership with the Minneapolis Cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy and Big Time Attic, celebrate the 110th anniversary of the American Comic Strip with "Big Funny" - an all-comic newspaper full of artwork from local, national and international comic artists.

The Struggle Within
Artists often use their art, either consciously or subconsciously, to deal with the trials of real life. This show features artwork that displays or examines the struggle within.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Erica Scanlon

Travel Stories
Do you have amazing drawings or pictures from your trip to _____, and a story to go with it? Share your experience in this exhibit.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Jamie Schumacher

Nov 2nd
Día De Los Muertos
This event celebrates the holy holiday, the Day of the Dead.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Cris T. Halverson

Digital Frame Art
Think outside the box and join us as we experiment with this new media.

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Cris T. Halverson

Political Feedback, in the style modern/popular art

Featured Artist Contest Winner: Aunia Kahn.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Minneapolis Art Hunt!

Altered Esthetics is a proud sponsor of this year's Minneapolis Art Hunt.

The free art hunt challenges Minneapolis residents to search for hidden artwork in the public parks of Minneapolis. The hunt begins Friday, October 17th at 2pm and lasts until all 35 artworks are found.

To see visual clues, informational video and learn more about the art hunt visit:


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pictures-Tales from the Black Lodge opening!

The Tales from the Black Lodge opening was a big success! A huge "thank you" to everybody that made it out for the evening. The opening was a blast and the artwork is amazing!

I dressed up as the Log Lady (well, as close as I could) and Kristin dressed up like Nadine. The most popular question people asked my log was "how old are you?"

You can find a few pictures from the opening here:

We'll be adding more as we get them. Woohoo!

- Jamie

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tales from the Black Lodge opens Friday!

Okay, the debates are over.... now I can post without clenched fists ;)

The Tales from the Black Lodge show opens tomorrow (Friday), and I'm so excited! Jaclyn and Kristin did a great job helping coordinate this exhibit - and it is a HUGE show. Here's a picture of one of the installations in the first room. Welcome to the Black Lodge!

PS - We had a lot of fun setting up this exhibit! Below - in our mini lodge, from left to right: me (Jamie,) James, Kristin, Ed, Jaclyn.


Monday, September 15, 2008

The site is up!!!

As you can probably tell, the new website has officially launched! WOOHOO!!!

Over the next few weeks we'll be fine-tuning a few things and adding more images, enabling user registrations, etc.


Welcome to the new Ae site! Isn't it freakin' awesome?
Browse through some of our archives and take a look around... keep us posted if you see any strange errors or the like.

I'm heading home now... but yay! the site has launched. WOOHOO!!!! :)


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Call for Artists - Featured Artist Contest!

Altered Esthetics is now accepting submissions for
Featured Artists in our 2009 Exhibition Calendar!

- All forms of media are accepted!

- Submissions to the children's art show are free!

- Submission deadline is September 30, 2008

The 2009 themes are as follows:
The Art of Performance
Creative Blood
Coloring Outside the Lines II - Children's Art
I heart Northeast!
Bike Art IV
Resident Artists V
Big Funny
The Struggle Within
Travel Stories
Día De Los Muertos
Digital Frame Art

For detailed show descriptions and more information
please read the submission guidelines here:
2009 Featured Artist Guidelines (pdf)
or visit our website at

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis MN 55413

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit community gallery run by artists, for artists. We work to sustain the historical role of artists as a true voice of society through our exhibits, events, services, workshops and programs.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Animal Art II exhibit opened at Ae last night.

And now for some real posting!

The opening reception for the Animal Art II show was last night. It is a beautiful show and it opened to a wonderful audience!

You can view more images of the exhibit at our phanfare site.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

One post before I crash

home now

long weekend

super awesome

one more post before I crash.

A huge thank you to Kyle, Kyle, Arik, Kevin, Dave, Gillian and Victoria - the "Internet All Stars." Thank you for giving up your weekend to help our artists (and to help me continue to help our artists!) Thank you for your creativity and your brains and (perhaps most of all) thank you for being so awesome and fun to work with! I don't care what the judges say - you guys are the BEST team!

I can't wait to launch!




Another post to test...

One of the folks from Sierra Bravo caught me in pre-zombified state.


Saturday, March 1, 2008


They told me to post more.

I'm posting more.

My team is the bomb!


I'm going to create an entry about our awesome team in the woowoopedia.



I'm blogging right now from the "Overnight Website Challenge." (

The team we were matched with is the "Internet All-Stars" and they are super, super awesome.

The site so far is looking amazing - and it is going to be a huuuuuge huge huge huge improvement over the site I've been piecing together over the past four years.

More to come...


Sunday, February 3, 2008

First Posty!

I've had a livejournal for about 4 years now, one for me and one for the gallery. I try to create a presence for the gallery on most of the internet blog and space phenomena - but there are SO many! Myspace, Facebook, Friendster, Livejournal, Verb, etc etc etc. Anyway - after I was kindly told that livejournal was the "dinosaur" of blogging tools I decided to continue blogging in an additional space. We can start a wordpress blog through our server, but I rather like blogger (and most things associated with google, for that matter.) We'll transfer things to a Wordpress blog eventually.

So, here goes nothing.

I'll probably be posting on here along with volunteers and board members.



(PS - our old livejournal can be found here: