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

"What AIDS revealed is not the problem with the virus. What AIDS revealed is the problems of our society." Zoe Leonard, Artist, Activist
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If the whole world is (still) watching...

Ariel Goldberg reflects on a demonstration organized by Jewish Voice for Peace at Grand Central Station in 2023, a direct citation of ACT UP’s 1991 demonstration in the same location. Goldberg considers the central role of images for both organizations, not only as a tactic to interrupt news media, but also as a tool to inspire, mobilize, and share knowledge across generations and movements. → Read More

A note from Visual AIDS

In the three decades since our founding, Visual AIDS has fought to make space for art and artists that challenge the pervasive idea that some lives are more expendable than others. → 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.


Kyle Croft
Executive Director

Shawn Escarciga
Development Director

Blake Paskal
Programs Manager

Jacs Rodriguez
Community Archivist

Board of Directors

Marguerite Van Cook, President

Wendy Olsoff, Vice President

Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Treasurer

Dr. Daniel S. Berger

Nayland Blake

Jim Hodges

Marques McClary