Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rock for Art!

A Rock Band Tournament is being held to benefit Altered Esthetics on Friday November 12th!

- Rock Band Tournament emceed by the amazing LEMON features Rock Band 3 and an expanded songlist!
- Giant Comic Art with a "Rock" theme from the awesome artists of the Cartoonist Conspiracy!
- Shenanigans!
- More!

More info can be found on the Ae Rock Band page.

Join us as we rock out for a good cause!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

O.C.D. Opens Friday!

The O.C.D. show opens this Friday November 5th.

As the exhibitions committee planned the 2010 exhibitions schedule early in 2009, "O.C.D." as a theme was suggested. At the time, we had a very candid discussion about how we could approach and curate an exhibit of this nature. Our shows alternate between the fun, the political, the meaningful - but when we curate a show dealing with struggle we want to make sure we do so with sensitivity. We knew this show would take extra care throughout every step of the process. Even crafting the description was a painstaking task, and the exhibitions committee and curators spent the next year putting together what I think is going to be one of the more powerful shows we've had at Ae to date.

"O.C.D. - How artists have creatively responded to and dealt with the struggles associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is defined as a psychoneurotic disorder where the individual is beset with obsessions or compulsions, often resulting in extreme anxiety or depression."

The show was A Listed and I think Jessica Armbruster describes the situation well: "...while it's sometimes depicted as cute and a little quirky on television shows like Glee, people who actually have the disorder would hardly describe it as charming."

Aint that the truth.

The opening this Friday will give you a chance to meet with the curators and artists of this show - but if you can't make it on Friday, I hope you make it to Ae at some point during November - this is a show to soak in, and one definitely not to miss.

Image features Christine Tulgren - "Rage"


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

So creative it's scary...

Stop by Ae this Friday to see the opening of Ae Presents: HITCHCOCK! Check out the City Pages writeup here and the gallery page here.

Then (if you dare) head over to see our friends at the Soap; The Haunted Basement opens this Friday October 1st and runs until the 30th.

Art so creative it's scary... Minneapolis so awesome it's terrifying. Why would you want to be anywhere else this Friday???


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Mario!

Today (September 15, 2010) is Mario's 25th birthday - Happy Birthday, Mario!

Stop by Ae to celebrate this festive occasion with the super awesome, A-listed Level_13 Video Game art show! Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm-7pm, Saturdays 1pm-5pm.

Don't forget the artist discussion this Saturday, September 18th, 1pm-3pm @ Ae.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Four days left to devour Lutefisk Sushi

The A-Listed, Art-Hounded, Super Awesome Lutefisk Sushi D show will soon be drawing to a close.

You have just two more chances left to see it:

Tuesday August 24, 1pm-7pm
Thursday August 26, 1pm-7pm

don't miss out!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Call for classic videogame or tech themed art!


The fourth biennial installment of Altered Esthetics classic video game art exhibit

will also highlight the abandoned or obsolete technology of decades past.

The biennial Level_13 show began in 2004,
the first video-game themed group show occurring in the states.
Please join us for one of our favorite Ae exhibits!

Opening Reception
Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7pm-10pm

Artists' Discussion
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 1pm-3pm

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 31, 2010!
To submit, please visit

or send the following to
- a jpg image of your artwork
- title
- medium
- your contact info
- artists' statement (if any)
- price (if for sale)

Altered Esthetics is an entirely volunteer driven nonprofit community gallery run by artists, for artists.
We work to sustain the historical role of artists as a voice of society,
and do that through our exhibitions, services, workshops and programs.

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Image features Tony Tudisco - "Ae Invaders"


Monday, July 5, 2010

Suburbs vs. Cities opens!

The Suburbs vs. Cities show opened on Friday with great reviews!


Minnesota Public Radio - State of the Arts

Metro Mag

Show runs until July 29th, with an Artist Discussion on Saturday July 17th @ 1pm

Come check it out! Gallery hours are Tues & Thurs 1pm-7pm, Saturdays 1pm-5pm


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Board Positions opening!

Board Positions

Do you have a passion for the arts and experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, grantwriting, or finance? Are you interested in serving on the board of an active community based arts organization? Altered Esthetics is actively seeking and accepting applications for new board members with experience in arts, fundraising, nonprofit governance and finance.

Ae is currently accepting applications for the following board positions:

Exhibitions Director
The function of the Exhibitions Director is to coordinate exhibitions, working with board members, interns, and volunteers to continue the annual group exhibition schedule.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Gallery Director
The function of the Gallery Director is to coordinate gallery functions, working with board members, interns, and volunteers to oversee gallery operations.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Design Director
The function of the Design Director is to maintain and develop the organization's brand identity, implementing proper industry-standard design templates for organization literature and media.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Press Director
The function of the Press and Community Relations Director is to continue to develop the organization's reputation in the community, sending press releases, newsletters, and building relationships.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Board Secretary
The function of the Board Secretary is to organize and compile critical organizational documents, including minutes and paperwork of the board.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume along with a completed board application to:

General Board Application (pdf)


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bike Art opens Friday June 4th!

Bike Art V opens this Friday at Altered Esthetics!

Altered Esthetics celebrates the Twin Cities' thriving bicyclist community with its fifth annual Bike Art exhibit this June. The exhibit will include photography, painting, screen-print, and
installation. Check out the writeup in this week's A-list:

Please join us on Friday, June 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the opening reception, featuring a performance by The Eclectic Ensemble who will be playing with their solar powered musical instruments in a project called: Music Of The Sun.

We also invite you to join our monthly artists' discussion panel to take place on June 19th. Ride your bike over to the gallery, listen and join in the discussion, then get your bike washed during Altered Esthetics' Bikini Bike Wash!

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Artists' Discussion Panel
Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bikini Bike Wash
Saturday, June 19, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays – 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Every First Friday – 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis MN 55413
(612) 378-8888

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ae announces 2011 Exhibition Schedule!

The creative minds of the exhibitions committee worked long and hard, considering and shaping ideas for future shows - and without further delay we're excited to announce our 2011 Exhibitions Schedule!

JAN: Agents of Orange
The artists of Altered Esthetics explore the visual impact and emotional resonance of the color orange.

FEB: Online (Dis)connect
Artists evaluate the pros and cons of technology and its impact on human thought, identity, and interaction.

MAR: Fanboi
Art inspired by fandom and devotion to characters, stories, or icons in film, music, or gaming culture.

APR: Flesh and Form
The body is a vessel for communication and physical expression. Artists depict what it means to possess, exist, and appear in human form.

MAY: Art?
This exhibit challenges the definition and function of art, seeking to discover the artistic value in anything and everything.

JUNE: Bike Art VI
Altered Esthetics' 6th annual bike art show brings together some of the Twin Cities' largest communities' artists, cyclists, and those who love both! Join us in creating another amazing exhibit of bike-themed photography, painting, sculpture and interactive art.

JULY: Hope of the Union
Whether you are still hopeful or left utterly disenchanted, this exhibition will allow artists to sound off about the ever-changing political atmosphere.

AUG: Comic Art

SEPT: Home
Whether it is a place we came from, a place we dream about, or a settling destination; artists react to immigration, homelessness, and what it means to have a sense of place in the world.

SEPT: Coloring Outside the Lines: Dinosaurs, Puppets and Forts
In this year's children's art show, everyone's a kid. Both children and adults are invited to let their imagination fly!

OCT: Fear Itself
Artists confront phobias ranging from the creepy, crawly, or things that go bump in the night, to the terrifying anticipation of social situations or life events.

NOV: Día de los Muertos
Altered Esthetics welcomes the community to gather for a cultural celebration of the lives of loved ones lost.

NOV: Food Fight
Artists blend notions of gourmet and staple, abundance and shortage, pleasure and struggle, production and consumption as they relate to food.

DEC: Animal Art 3: Rescue Me
Art gives a voice to those who cannot speak. Altered Esthetics looks to both celebrate and promote efforts to adopt, rescue, and protect animals facing mistreatment or abandonment.

Featured Artist Contest!

We are also taking submissions for the 2011 Featured Artists competition. Those chosen will have their work featured in any promotional material for the show they submitted for, and will appear in Ae's awesome calendar. This year, any and all submissions to any show are free.

The complete submission guidelines can be found at the Ae site:


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rogue Citizen - Awesome timelapse video

Rogue Citizen at the F.R.E.S.H. opening:

The finished painting is currently on auction at Ae, and the F.R.E.S.H. show will be up until Thursday May 27th.

The painting will be on auction until Friday - June 4th!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sending in submissions

The new user feature on our submission form was temporarily broken last month.

however - in the event online submissions are unavailable, new users (or anybody having trouble submitting online) can always submit the old fashioned way - via email to

Folks can also submit the uber traditional way.
Send hardcopies to:
Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Any questions? 612.378.8888 or

Please include:
  • your name
  • jpg images of your artwork
  • title (s)
  • artists' statement (if any)
  • dimensions
  • your email
  • your phone #



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Iron and Candy - Save the Date!

April 30, 2010, 7pm

Online gallery and page will be continually updated with artwork, raffle prizes, and event info!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ae Demographics Survey

Help us serve you better by answering 9 quick questions!

Ae has created a demographics survey for funding and development purposes, to better serve our artists and audience.

Participation is entirely voluntary, but is open to everyone: our artists as well as those in our audience. If you could take a moment to fill out the brief, anonymous 9 question survey we would greatly appreciate it. This will help us as we approach government and granting organizations, as many of them require that this data is collected.

Follow the link to an anonymous survey:



Friday, March 19, 2010

Last Week to see Gender at Ae!

This is the last week to see the Gender show at Altered Esthetics!

Swing by anytime during gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm-7pm - or come before 3pm on Saturday when the show comes down.

City Pages A-List:

Altering the sexes
MN Daily Article:


Monday, March 1, 2010

2010 Board Openings @ Ae

Board Positions

Do you have a passion for the arts and experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, grantwriting, or finance? Are you interested in serving on the board of an active community based arts organization? Altered Esthetics is actively seeking and accepting applications for new board members with experience in arts, fundraising, nonprofit governance and finance.

Ae is currently accepting applications for the following board positions:

Board Chair
The function of the Board Chair is to direct the organization's board as it develops and fulfills the organization's mission.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Development Director
The function of the Development Director is to maintain, develop and implement the fundraising strategy of the organization, including all fundraisers, appeals, and grant proposals.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Board Secretary
The function of the Board Secretary is to organize and compile critical organizational documents, including minutes and paperwork of the board.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)

Solo Exhibitions Director
The function of the Solo Exhibitions Director will be to develop and maintain a schedule of solo-artist exhibitions for the organization, partnering with other organizations and artists in the community.
A complete description can be found by clicking here (pdf)


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Open Calls for 2010 Exhibitions

Would you like to exhibit your work at Altered Esthetics? Whether you are a first-time exhibiting artist or have exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide, we want you to submit your work to us. Ae Gallery hosts monthly group shows, each with a varying theme.

Upcoming Open Calls:

F.R.E.S.H. - May, 2010
Guerrilla art, hip-hop, punk rock, murals and more, F.R.E.S.H. will take a look at the origins, expressions and effects of street art as it has occurred in and beyond the gallery walls.
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2010

Bike Art V - June, 2010
The fifth annual Bicycle Art exhibit will feature photography, sculpture, spoke-art, and more.
Deadline for submission: April 15, 2010

Suburbs v. Cities - July, 2010
Artists creatively examine the pros and cons of life in the metropolis versus life in the burbs.
Deadline for submission: May 15, 2010

Please check out our Open Calls page for a full list of upcoming exhibits and details:


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Iron and Candy - Ae's Sixth Anniversary

Announcing our 6th Year Anniversary Celebration

Altered Esthetics celebrates six years of serving artists with a party at our gallery in the Q'arma building in Northeast Minneapolis.

Call For Art:

We will be holding our annual fundraiser & silent art auction in conjunction with our anniversary celebration, and we would love to have your participation! We need artists to be a part of the show and submit artwork for the silent auction. Since it is our 6th year anniversary, we have chosen the theme Iron & Candy (as something made of Iron or Candy is traditionally the 6th year anniversary gift), and so we are seeking artwork that coincides with this theme.

To submit work, please send an image with the following info to
Artist Name:
Artist Website:
Value of work:

Preferred split (50/50 split with Ae, or 100% donation to Ae):

Reserve price (minimum bid, if any):

Visit the Ae Events page: Iron and Candy for more info

Save the date!

April 30, 2010, 7pm.
Please join us for the celebration!

On the evening of Friday, April 30th, 2010 Ae will host a night of fun featuring: an Iron and Candy themed exhibit & silent auction, raffle & prizes, refreshments, libations, live music and more!

Interested in sponsoring? Donate a gift certificate, goods or services and not only will you get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting Northeast's awesome art community, but you'll also get a link on the Ae site and your business name in the Iron and Candy brochure!
For more info call 612.378.8888 or email

Monday, February 15, 2010

Do You Like Facebook?

So, even though some people thing social networking sites are The Ultimate Evil (in various forms), we like them!. Especially facebook, because it allows us to keep in touch with our friends, families, artists and community better. We can update folks about events and happenings with minimal costs, and Scrabble also really helps get us through the winter, doncha kno'?

So - if you've already joined the social networking bandwagon, connect with us, too!

Be our friend:!/altered.esthetics?ref=ts

Check out our page:!/pages/Altered-Esthetics/59182309127

Or here's our causes page, if you do those kind of apps:


Friday, January 15, 2010

Ae Art Vending Machine!

Ae's art vending machine helps us fulfill our mission by making art accessible, and features original artwork at an affordable, compact & perfectly collectible size, only $5 a piece!

You can purchase original artwork from local artists and Ae resident artists at our next opening, or during open gallery hours.

Interested in submitting artwork of your own for the Ae Art Vending Machine? Visit the Ae Vending Machine page for details and samples of work:

We're lucky to have our own vending machine on location, but we're not the first ones to do it. Interested in the history behind Art Vending? Visit The Original Art-O-Mat site!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Calendars are In!

The winners of this past fall's Featured Artist Contest have been officially published, displayed proudly in the Altered Esthetics 2010 Calendar, designed by Ae's own Tony Tudisco.

Calendars are available at Altered Esthetics during regular open hours and during monthly opening receptions:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm-7pm
Saturdays, 1pm-5pm
First Fridays (receptions), 7pm-10pm

All proceeds benefit Altered Esthetics.

March 2010 Featured Artist: Megan Frauenhoffer, "Birdsnest (pink)"