Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit community arts advocacy organization run by artists, for artists.

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit community organization run by artists, for artists. Our mission is to sustain the role of artists as a voice of society through our exhibits, events, services, workshops and programs. 

Founded in 2004, Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 700 artists to public view - many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. The organization is run by a volunteer-driven board who donate their time to create workshops, exhibitions, and events for emerging artists. 

So far in 2016, Altered Esthetics worked hard at keeping fees low and made our exhibitions and programs accessible to artists of all income levels. We have also: 

  • Continued a strong schedule of exhibitions and partnership with The Southern Theater 
  • Exhibited 126 artists
  • Hosted 2 guest curators - artists Heather Kim and Benjamin Davis Brockman (past Ae Solo Exhibitions participants)
  • Made 3 awesome video portraits of local artists 
  • Made multiple City Pages A-Lists
  • Coordinated a private meeting with Augsburg College for our Solo Exhibitions artists to learn more about exhibition proposals
  • Hosted a 3-day film festival 
  • Hosted a "Cameraless" workshop during the festival - see the result of the workshop here
  • Presented a free grant-writing workshop to the public

Our goals for 2017:

  • Continue educational opportunities focused on professional development for artists, including offering our solo exhibitions program and various public workshops on writing artist statements, resumes, and grant proposals
  • Studio visits from local arts professionals for Ae artists
  • Continue our Ae Featured Artist Program
  • Continue our exhibition fee waiver for low-income artists
  • Continue curatorial interviews with artists
  • Partnering with outside non profit organizations such as The Emily Program Foundation and WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) to bring community-focused exhibitions
  • Maintain our role as an inclusive and sustainable art space that puts artists first
  • Re-establish an Ae membership program that focuses on creating access and community
  • Organize and present our 4th Ae Film Festival, highlighting the work of moving image artists
  • Continue to strengthen our partnership with The Southern Theater by activating the lobby spaces with an art gallery. This includes:
            Presenting quality exhibitions from local, national, and international artists
            Providing free gallery hours to the public
            Improving lighting in gallery spaces
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