Visual Aid encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their creative work.


Andrea Antonaccio, Family Portrait, mixed media on panel, 2010

Visual Aid Projects - For 25 years, Visual Aid has been an integral part of San Francisco’s passionate social activism in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, supporting the creative production of artists with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

Today, volunteers are working on selected curatorial projects and the Visual Aid Archives, organizing material compiled throughout the organization's history. Holdings include thousands of slides, photographs, sound and video recordings, printed material and ephemera, including images of artwork, catalogs and documentation of significant exhibitions and fundraisers, which include work by thousands of artists. Important highlights documenting artists’ responses to the AIDS pandemic include unique interviews and files of material on artists who passed away before the proliferation of electronic media.



Open Studios, sponsored by Mission Artists United, April 18 – 19, 2015 included VA artists Michael Beck, Veronica Rojas, Michael Johnstone, David Faulk, Martin Freeman, Martine Jardel, Joel Hoyer and the Jerome Project

Open Studios, sponsored by ArtSpan, November 8-9, 2015 included VA artists Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Daniel Dallabrida, Antonio Torrez-Solis, Peter Max Lawrence, Veronica Rojas, Joel Hoyer, Martin Freeman, Martine Jardel and Raul Velayos


Visual Aid would like to thank our funders whose contributions have helped build Visual Aid's organization and programs. We are so grateful for their support, and look forward to continued relationships with our philanthropic partners.

Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Comer Foundation of the Chicago Community Foundation
Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund
Gallery Paule Anglim and the Jerome Caja Estate
Marin Community Foundation
Sappi Fine Paper Ideas that Matter Award
James Irvine Foundation
Tides Foundation
Zellerbach Family Fund
East Bay Community Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Athena Foundation of the Chicago Community Foundation
Keare/Hodge Family Foundation

Community Support
Grass Roots Gay Rights West
SF Leather Daddies
Castro St. Fair
Council of Grand Dukes and Dutchesses
Folsom Street Events
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Under One Roof
Community Thrift
SF Pride

Corporate Sponsors
ePAC Technologies, Inc.
MOMs Pharmacy
Energy 92.7 Community Spotlight Award
Zephyr Real Estate
Sterling Hughes, LLC
The Henne Group
Barclay's Global
SNP Communications
Paragon Real Estate
Macy's West
Bjorn Eyewear
Pattern Research
Quest Clinical Research
Intuit Foundation
Federated Department Stores
Boston Bridge Services
Kiss My Ring
Coastal Holistic
Phenomenological Artworks
First American Title Co.

Toomey Tourell Fine Art
Paulson Press
Catharine Clark Gallery
Alphonse Berber Gallery
Anthony Meier Fine Art
Bucheon Gallery
Fraenkel Gallery
Braunstein/Quay Gallery
Gregory Lind Gallery
Aurobora Press
Trillium Graphics
LIMN Gallery
Brian Gross Fine Art
Magnolia Editions
Creativity Explored
Chandler Fine Art
Andrea Schwartz Gallery
Donna Seagar Gallery
Don Soker Gallery
Steven Wirtz Gallery
Hang Art
Cain Schulte Gallery
Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Traywick Contemporary
Geras Tousignant Gallery
Reaves Gallery
Franklin Bowles Gallery
Art Zone 461 Gallery
Room for Painting/Room for Paper
Togonon Gallery
Charles Campbell Gallery
Photo Alliance