Art For Aids

Urban Smith

Art as means for social change and awareness struck a chord for a group of Bay Area artists who looked towards utilizing their own skills and network in developing an event that would soon be recognized as one of the preeminent venues to help affect much needed change in services to those stricken with HIV/AIDS. Like most grassroots organizations, the impetus was the deep seeded desire to care for friends, but in a powerful way. Since its inception, Art for AIDS has garnered much attention and engaging talented artists such as Ryan Reynolds, Deborah Oropallo, Jock Sturges, Pamela Merory Derhnam, Rex Ray, and Ross Bleckner.

Although the event itself involves the auctions, the Bay Area community is able to show support and become involved with such incredible gathering. Behind the scenes, committee and jury members ensure logistics and curatorial aspect of the show to ensure a diverse and gifted program of artists is showcased.  They also work closely with the sponsors, galleries, and collectors donating works of art. In addition, whether you are purchasing tickets to sponsor the event or donating services, Art for AIDS relies on the generosity of many individuals and organizations to assist in making the occasion a success. For this year’s benefit, special guest and contributing artist Franc D’Ambrosio will be performing for patrons and event supporters.

As one of the major annual art events in San Francisco, Art for AIDS benefits the UCSF AIDS Health Project (an evening when the art community comes together for an incredibly important cause). With over 150 art works for sale during the live and silent auctions, patrons will take part in bolstering the care for those affected by this epidemic and enhance AIDS prevention through education. Asterisk SF is extremely proud and honored to serve as a media sponsor for this extraordinary benefit.   

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September 23, 2011

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Preview of artwork in auction

Art for Aids