Drew Arrieta is a documentary photographer and visual artist based in St. Paul, MN. His work focuses on capturing the experiences of communities of color in the state and Midwest in its totality. 

Drew uses his camera to explore issues, such as climate change, police brutality, and the dynamic culture of marginalized communities.  He regularly contributes visual storytelling work at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions non-profit, and Public Functionary, an artist-led exhibition and social space. His work has been featured in Vogue, NBC News, and Columbia Journalism Review.

Drew, a New York City native, moved to the Twin Cities after starting his career in political organizing and working on sustainability initiatives in the music industry, he eventually decided to pursue his passion for visual storytelling during COVID-19 after being loaned a camera.

resides in: Imnížaska Othúŋwe / St. Paul, MN


Selected Press:

Columbia Journalism Review / Drew Arrieta's Family Album

Vogue / What Does It Mean to Build—And Preserve—a George Floyd Memorial?

Sahan Journal / St. Paul police killing of Yia Xiong sparks ongoing protests

Selected Editorial Clients:

Vogue, NBC News, Sahan Journal, Headwaters Foundation, Upstream, East Phillips Neighborhood Institute

Selected Commerical Clients:

Minnesota Musuem of Art, Hennepin Theatre Trust, PRISM, Outfront Minnesota, Friends of St. Paul Library

headshot courtesy of Kori Suzuki

Drew Arrieta is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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