Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Gay Men's Health Crisis Host Art Exhibition Featuring 50 Artists Living with HIV/AIDS
New York, NY - Starting on Tuesday, November 3, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation will donate its gallery to
exhibition featuring 50 artists living with HIV/AIDS. Over 130 works of art, utilizing diverse media, will be on display through November 7.
The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a public non-profit foundation established in 1990 to provide an outlet for art work that
is unambiguously gay and which is frequently denied access to mainstream venues. Founded by Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman, the Foundation mounts
exhibitions of work in all media by gay and lesbian artists with an emphasis on subject matter that speaks directly to gay and lesbian sensibilities--including,
erotic, political, romantic, and social imagery--and providing special support for emerging and underrepresented artists.
"We are delighted to support these talented artists and the exemplary work of GMHC," said Wayne Snellen, the Foundation's
Director of Collections. "Art can be a profound communicator. This exhibition provides a powerful opportunity to destigmatize people living with
The exhibition is an outcome of work from weekly therapeutic art classes as part of GMHC's Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center. Art
teachers donate their time to teach classes for GMHC's clients (consisting of professional and non-professional artists), and assist in curating
the annual exhibition. The artists are able to sell their artwork which increases financial independence, particularly for those who live on a limited income.
"We are honored to be partnering with the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation," said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
of GMHC. "For many of the artists, participating in the art classes is a healing experience to express emotions about living with HIV/AIDS and
the epidemic overall. In fact, for some, this will be the first time ever exhibiting art work in a renowned gallery."
At the opening reception on November 3rd, members of the Imperial Court of New York, a longstanding group that raises funds for
community-based organizations, will be volunteering their time to greet guests as part of the festivities. Also, several of the artists have
donated art work for a silent auction as a way of giving back to GMHC.
Tuesday, November 3
6 pm to 8 pm
Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
26 Wooster Street (at Grand Street)
New York City
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed
to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to more than 15,000 men, women and
families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City, and advocate for scientific, evidence-based
public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.gmhc.org.
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Gay Men's Health Crisis