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

"There were conflicting responses to AIDS when it hit. Fear. Blame. Homophobia. Guilt. Denial. A sense of doom. There were also heartwarming offers of care, often from strangers. Quilts. Ribbons. Memorials. Banding together. And running away. Some who were sick withdrew, some partied. Some said good bye and tidied things up, some maxed their cards and danced. Some got sicker and sicker while friends either vanished or attended, and wept. Some took their lives alone or with the help of others who hated what they were asked to do. Confusion. Despair. Hope. Anger. Activism. Protest. Exhaustion. Enormous sadness. It was a very hard time, when we learned a lot about truth and love. Thank god for the art." Philip Yenawine
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From the Blog
Sep 1, 2023

Art And Science, For All Our Health's Sake!

Earlier this summer, twelve artists living with HIV presented newly commissioned artwork as part of the HIV Science as Art exhibition at the IAS Conference on HIV Science in Brisbane, Australia. We asked Riss, a Visual AIDS Artist Member living near Brisbane, to report back on the project. → 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

Scott Lorinsky

Marques McClary

Eric Shiner


Kyle Croft
Interim Director

Blake Paskal
Artist Engagement and Community Programs Manager

Constantine (Cea) Jones
Programs Assistant

Shawn Escarciga
Development Manager