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

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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 project, organizing material compiled throughout the organization’s history. Holdings include 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 on artists who passed away before the proliferation of electronic media.

Your support is needed to preserve a creative legacy for future generations.  

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Mailing address: Visual Aid, 3181 Mission Street, No. 7, San Francisco, CA  94110

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Visual Aid Events and Exhibitions

January 1 – September 30  Magickal Marvels, Ethos, Mythos and Pathos,  Visual Aid exhibition of paintings by Peter Max Lawrence, MOMs Pharmacy, 4071 18th Street, San Francisco.

January 1 – September 30  Snippets from my Mind, Visual Aid exhibition of works by Andrea Antonaccio, Bioscrip Pharmacy, 2262 Market Street, San Francisco.

January 16-19, 2014  Visit Visual Aid at  photo l.a.

March 1-31, 2014  Visual Aid show at Flax Art, San Francisco.

April 10-13, 2014  Visual Aid is cultural partner for Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair.

May 15-18, 2014  Visual Aid is cultural partner for ArtMRKT in San Francisco.

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June, 2103 message to the community about changes at Visual Aid.

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