Application Deadline to become a Visual Aid Artist: June 5

Do you know a visual artist living with HIV/AIDS, Cancer or other life-threatening illness who could use some help?

Please consider forwarding this email to anyone you think may be interested in finding out more about Visual Aid.

Visual Aid provides an ArtBank for free art supplies, twice-yearly grants for art supplies and services, image archives, exhibition opportunities and community for member artists.

The organization presents 15 exciting exhibitions each year, along with a workshop, lecture series that are free and open to the public.

Visual Aid accepts applications from visual artists (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital art, mixed-media, installation) with life-threatening illnesses who reside in San Francisco, Oakland, or anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area: Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. Professional visual artists who have been making and exhibiting art over a period of years are encouraged to apply.
More info | About Visual Aid Artist

Questions? Call 415-777-8242 or email

Note: this is an in-office deadline, not a postmark deadline. The annual application deadlines are June 5 and December 5.

Warmest regards,
Julie Blankenship, Executive Director

"Absence - Present." RECEPTION: Thursday June 5th,

EXHIBITION: June 5-July 31, 2008

Gallery 415: 49 Geary St., 4th floor,
San Francisco, CA, 94108

Gallery 415 is pleased to present the recent work by the Brazilian-born painter, photographer, and mixed-media artist Silvia Poloto. A prolific artist who has shown in an impressive list of venues during her career. She will be showing not only the lyrical abstractions on canvas for which she is best known, but also a series of recent multimedia works on wood entitled Absence - Presence ; these pieces combine painting with digital imagery, both found and manufactured, in order to reflect on the psychology of illness and mortality. While the new works take on the serious themes of classical art, they retain Poloto's masterly command of color, gesture and texture; they are sumptuously beautiful improvisations that have come together from the disparate elements filling the artist's studio through the agency of Poloto's intuition - her perfect visual pitch. More Info


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