Visual AIDS is looking to welcome a part-time Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate (up to 24 hours/week) who is dedicated and experienced with engaging contemporary art, supporting artists, working with archives, and advocating for people living with HIV. See details below and please share widely.

Visual AIDS is a leading New York-based contemporary arts non-profit with a growing national and international reach. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual arts projects, while assisting artists living with HIV and AIDS. The organization is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV and AIDS and the artistic responses to the AIDS pandemic.

Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate – Job Description

Visual AIDS is looking to welcome an Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate who is deeply committed to supporting HIV-positive artists and estates while understanding the ongoing and urgent social justice stakes of HIV and AIDS activism. The Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate is a position initiated last year to support Visual AIDS’ growing community of Artist+ Members. The Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate will work with the Visual AIDS Programs Director to support and cultivate all aspects of the Visual AIDS Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV and AIDS. The Artist+ Registry is at the heart of the organization and is open to all HIV-positive artists.

Additional information on the Visual AIDS Artist+ Registry can be found on our website here. For a thorough history of the Visual AIDS Archive Project, see the Visual AIDS website here as well as Marika Chifor’s web gallery Towards an AIDS Archive.

The Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate will carry out the following work on a part-time basis, up to 24 hours per week:

● Manage the online Artist+ Registry, coordinating with Visual AIDS Artist+ Members and estates on biographies, artist statements, images, captions, and more.

● Manage Visual AIDS Artist+ Member Materials Grant applications, corresponding with the recipients and processing grant reports. Artist+ Member Material Grants are available to Visual AIDS Artist+ Members biannually as gift certificates of $400 to select art supply vendors. Since 1996, Visual AIDS has awarded Artists+ Material Grants to artists living with HIV who are in need of financial assistance in obtaining materials to create their artwork.

● Organize Artist+ Member events at the intersections of art, AIDS and activism with partnering institutions.

● Add exhibitions and events to the Visual AIDS Exhibitions + Events calendar, highlighting projects and programs by Artist+ Members.

● Manage Artist+ Member artwork photography, a free service of professional quality photography provided to Artist+ Members in the New York City area.

● Coordinate a Visual AIDS Artist+ Member Committee in collaboration with the Programs Director, supporting Artist+ Members to provide direct and ongoing feedback to the organization to determine the needs of the community.

● Manage and process hard copy materials in the Visual AIDS Archive Project.

● Support curators, researchers, art historians and educators conducting research in person in the Archive Project and online in the Artist+ Registry.

● Coordinate with researchers to The Carl George / Felix Gonzalez-Torres / Ross Laycock Archive at Visual AIDS, in collaboration with the Programs Director. See here for more information about this archive.

● Coordinate with writers and contributors to the Visual AIDS website blog, updating content on a regular basis.

● Choose curators for the online web galleries every other month, in collaboration with the Programs Director.

● Utilize social media to promote and highlight the work of Artist+ Members such as upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, and related news.

● Maintain the organization’s culture of inclusion, openness, and respect with artists, audiences, board members, donors and volunteers. Develop relationships through working with artists, art institutions, HIV and AIDS service organizations and other communities.


The candidate must be a highly motivated individual who is a team player and enjoys the challenge of working on multiple projects simultaneously. They must be skilled at balancing long-term projects with day-to-day work, and be able to meet tight deadlines. The candidate must be timely, flexible, highly organized, have excellent communication and writing skills. A strong network of NYC and national artists and/or HIV activists that can be drawn into the service of Visual AIDS mission is a plus. Bilingual abilities are a plus, particularly Spanish. The successful candidate will combine these qualities with a commitment to the ideas expressed by Visual AIDS’ mission and program structure.

Knowledge and Education:

Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of professional experience in related fields required.

Experience within a non-profit arts organization preferred.

Background in Art History or Studio Arts preferred.

Knowledge of archiving practices preferred.

Knowledge and understanding of current issues around HIV and AIDS preferred.

Salary Range:

Up to 24 hours/week. Hourly rate $18/hour.

As organizational capacity grows, Visual AIDS aims to increase hourly range and rate in discussion with the newly hired Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate.

Visual AIDS Statement of Values:

In the fight against AIDS, Visual AIDS draws from our 30 year history of art activism, and we believe: effective AIDS advocacy seeks to address the underlying and related issues that contribute to and exacerbate the pandemic, such as poverty, homophobia and racism; Our work affirms the visibility, dignity and rights of people living with HIV and AIDS; Visual AIDS promotes art that is public, inclusive and accessible, that takes risks and promotes and encourages reflection, response and action.

Visual AIDS for the Arts provides equal employment opportunities. People living with HIV and AIDS; people with disabilities; people of color; women; and lesbian, gay, transgender/gender non-conforming and bisexual people are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and three references to [email protected] - subject line " Artist+ Registry & Archive Associate Application [Your name]".

Application deadline: July 1, 2018