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Evolution of a Marketing Resource Studio

Meeting your needs

More than 40 years ago, we started as a prepress shop specializing in film stripping and color separations. But gone are the days of light tables and X-ACTO knives. Our evolution has allowed us to be lean and efficient as a full-service creative, production, and photography studio.

Our process isn’t overly complicated. Yet we can take your projects from concept through to completion. We change and pivot to better support our clients and their brands. Our team supports their needs by listening, creative thinking, smart sourcing, and most importantly, doing great work on a project-by-project basis!

  1. 1974 Company is founded

    Ernie Olmschenk and his son Joe purchased a one-man litho shop called Professional Litho Arts, Inc.

  2. 1978 Moving locations

    Company moves to 807 13th Avenue South into the historic A.Johnson Livery building and purchases its first drum scanner.

  3. 1990 First Macintosh

    Professional Litho shifts toward desktop publishing with the purchase of its first Mac.

  4. 1994 New Ownership

    Longtime employees Craig Hanson, Dave Lee, and Gary Larson buy the company.

  5. 1995 Digital Photography

    8th Street Studio, a division of Professional Litho, becomes the first all-digital, commercial photography studio in the Twin Cities.

  6. 2000 Digital Asset Management

    Professional Litho expands to offer DAM services for clients to help manage the massive amounts of digital media.

  7. 2001 Creative Services

    8-13 Creative is started as an expansion of the services that Professional Litho offers to better support its customers.

  8. 2013 Video & Computer Generated Imagery

    8-13 becomes PLC. Its services expand to offer brand and marketing support. 8th Street Studio shoots its first big video project. The production team starts doing CGI work.

  9. 2014 Converging Efforts

    PLC continues to stay agile and consolidate efforts. PLC focuses on core areas of expertise: photography, production, and creative work.

  10. 2018 Integration of Brands

    Professional Litho, PLC, and 8th Street Studio integrate under one new brand, Studio Eight. Now our creative, production, and photography work is one brand under one roof.

Our Culture

At Studio Eight, we have created a culture that's committed to constant growth and development. We improve by always asking clients for honest feedback, whether they provide it over the phone, in a closing meeting, or while we host them for a client dinner or barbeque. We're happy to continue bettering ourselves so we can better serve clients in the future.

Our Staff

Meet some of our team

Jeanette Moss McCurdy

Producer & Studio Manager

Mary Unzelman

Digital Imaging

Keely McKernan

Creative Director

Frank Prawer

Operations Manager

Katie Lajiness


Taylor Higgins

Art Director

Dave Lee


Jeff Lorge

Project Manager