Through producing and presenting visual arts projects, exhibitions, publications, and public forums, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully engaged in creating dialogue and scholarship around HIV/AIDS today - while preserving a visual record of the work of HIV+ artists and supporting the creation of new artwork.

Day Without Art

December 1st is Day With(out) Art, held each year as an international day of action and awareness in response to the AIDS crisis.

The Artist+ Registry & Archive Project

The Artist+ Registry and Archive Project is the largest database and registry of works by visual artists with HIV/AIDS.

Public Events

Using art as a catalyst, Visual AIDS works with various communities to present public events about HIV, activism and social justice.


Visual AIDS produces contemporary art exhibitions to raise public dialogue around HIV/AIDS since 1995.


Annual paper making workshops to create handmade Valentines cards that are mailed to women living with HIV around the world in time for Valentine's Day.

Last Address Tribute Walk

Annual tribute walks to the last addresses of artists and cultural sites lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Artist Projects

Artist Designed AIDS Awareness Projects - including posters, trading cards, stickers, balloons and more!

Web Gallery

Monthly online gallery, featuring Visual AIDS artist members selected by guest curators.

Curatorial Residency

One month residency program co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited

Artists+ Material Grants

The Artists+ Material Grants program supports HIV+ artists by providing funds for art supplies.

Books & Catalogs

A collection of Visual AIDS' publications featuring artists, writers and activist in dialogue; exhibition catalogues; and monographs on under-recognized artists.

The Red Ribbon Project

The iconic Red Ribbon was created by the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus in 1991.

Benefit Print Editions

Visual AIDS works with renowned contemporary artists to commission limited editions prints. Proceeds from the sale of all print editions support the programs of Visual AIDS.

Postcards from The Edge

Exhibition and benefit sale of thousands of anonymous postcard-sized works of art by famous and emerging artists.

Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA)

VAVA honors individuals who strengthen the cultural history of art activism and reinforce the mission of Visual AIDS.