Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

"In the work of artists living and archived by Visual AIDS, we can trace the beauty and the anger, the promise fulfilled and only hinted at." Ann Northrop, journalist & activist
Browse Work In The Artist Registry

The George Febres We Deserve: Photography and Queer Culture

Visual AIDS Research Fellow Eduardo Carrera investigates the artistic oeuvre of George Febres (1943-1996), an Ecuadorian artist, curator, and gallery owner who immigrated to New Orleans in the 1960s. Challenging prevailing interpretations of the artist's work, Carrera foregrounds sexuality and queerness in Febres' art. → Read More

Weavings: Adam Ash Barbu and Ethan Shoshan for Hunter Reynolds

In this dialogue, curator Adam Ash Barbu and artist Ethan Shoshan explore the relationship between kinship, caregiving, and collective authorship in the time of AIDS. Their conversation foregrounds the life and art of Hunter Reynolds (1959–2022), a longtime Visual AIDS member whose multifaceted practice spans performance, installation art, AIDS activism, and youth mentorship. → Read More

Ed Aulerich-Sugai: Bodies to grow into, images to heal into

Visual AIDS Research Fellow Dylan Huw considers care and refuge in the work of Japanese-American artist and gardener Ed Aulerich-Sugai (1950–1994)—a “posthumous collaborator” of Robert Glück’s About Ed—who prolifically documented his seven years living with AIDS in vivid paintings, drawings, and dream journals. → Read More

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications - while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.


Board of Directors

Marguerite Van Cook, President

Wendy Olsoff, Vice President

Michael Paley, Treasurer

Dr. Daniel S. Berger

Nayland Blake

Carlos Gutierrez-Solana

Jim Hodges

Marques McClary


Staff

Kyle Croft
Interim Director

Shawn Escarciga
Development Manager

Constantine (Cea) Jones
Programs Assistant

Blake Paskal
Artist Engagement and Community Programs Manager

Jacs Rodriguez
Community Archivist