Visual AIDS, a contemporary arts organization committed to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS, has announced that executive director Nelson Santos has decided to step down from his role. Esther McGowan, the organization’s current associate director, will succeed him, taking up the post on July 1.
“I am excited to see where this new change will bring me and Visual AIDS,” Santos said. “I am very proud to have been a part of the organization for the last seventeen years. My work at Visual AIDS has been the most rewarding time of my life. I am inspired by the courage, talent and generosity of so many artists and activists who I have been fortunate to meet, work with, and call my friends.”
The board of directors will celebrate Santos’s accomplishments and congratulate McGowan at its VAVA VOOM benefit on May 22. In a statement, the board said, “Esther’s experience, commitment and thoughtful guidance will ensure an exciting and impactful future for Visual AIDS.” Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS works to produce visual-art projects, exhibitions, public forums, and publications while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS.