Community, generosity and compassion to converge at 22nd annual Art for AIDS

By DK Haas

Art piece

"Wave," a piece by Amy Ahlstrom, will be among the nearly 200 works of art available for bidding at this year's Art for AIDS event.

On Friday, September 21, the UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP) will hold the 22nd edition of its celebrated art auction fundraiser, Art for AIDS, at the City View in San Francisco.

Join the staff and volunteers for this celebrated charity art auction where every winning bid contributes to LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members getting care at AHP. And, as you’ll discover on, you’ll have a chance to buy some amazing art and gift packages—and learn why Art for AIDS is celebrated not only for the magnitude of its cause but also for the excellence of its carefully curated artworks.

Enjoy an evening of community, generosity, and compassion all converging to create a thrilling event raising funds for something that really changes lives—AHP, a safe place for marginalized members of the community to receive care. As an LGBTQ-affirming mental health organization, the Alliance Health Project stands out in its dedication to outstanding care. Staffed with a dedicated team of mental health and behavioral health professionals, AHP relies on the generosity of community members at Art for AIDS to help clients heal.

This year, live and silent auctions will include 195 artworks—painting, photography, mixed media, and sculpture—by artists such as Hung Liu, Catherine Mackey, Carolyn Meyer, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Fernando Reyes, Heather Wilcoxon, and Tim Yankosky.

AHP is a community mental health clinic that has been on the front lines of caring for clients with and at risk for HIV, substance use, and mental illness since the early days of the HIV epidemic. AHP services are free or low cost and clients who are uninsured and underinsured receive HIV testing, support groups, mental health care, and counseling. AHP’s values and goals reflect its mission: to support the mental health and wellness of the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives. Please visit for more information about the Alliance Health Project.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.