Visual AIDS Announces New Research Fellowship

Visual AIDS announced a new research fellowship program to support original writing and scholarship about artists who are living with or were lost to HIV/AIDS.

Research fellows will work with Visual AIDS to develop an article to be published on Visual AIDS’ website, drawing on primary sources in the Visual AIDS Archive Project and related resources. The Archive Project collects artwork documentation, personal papers, and records pertaining to the lives and work of artists living with or dead from HIV/AIDS. Started in 1994 by Frank Moore and David Hirsh, the Archive Project is open to researchers and the general public by appointment.

The Visual AIDS Archive Project and reading room. Photo courtesy Visual AIDS

The fellowship includes a $1,000 research stipend and editorial support. When possible, VA will connect researchers to estates, families, and friends of artists who have passed away, as well as other archival collections. Research on historically excluded and lesser-known artists will be prioritized.

Photographs and documents related to artist Garland Eliason-French, part of a collection donated to the Visual AIDS Archive Project in 2019

Anyone conducting original, primary source-based research on HIV-positive artists is encouraged to apply. The application deadline is April 11, 2022.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact Kyle Croft, Programs Director, at [email protected] or log on to