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During November 2017, POBA co-launches the first #CelebrateOhioArts, a tribute to Ohio artists and arts museums in an exciting, month-long campaign. The program was created by the Ohio Museums Association and POBA in collaboration with the Ohio Arts Council.

Through the hashtags #CelebrateOhioArts and #OhioMuseums, all participating arts museums in Ohio will be able to highlight, display and promote the cultural richness and diversity of Ohio to Ohioans and to a wide national audience. Each participating museum can display up to three artists from their collections on POBA during this campaign, and new artists and institutions will be added regularly.

Additionally, the program will build recognition and support for Ohio arts through a social media campaign using the hashtag #CelebrateOhioArts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and will benefit from traditional PR as well.

Created specifically for Ohio in partnership with POBA | Where the Arts Live, #CelebrateOhioArts is builds upon POBA’s longstanding partnership with the Ohio Arts Council.

Delaware Division of the Arts

The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.  POBA is collaborating with Delaware Division of the Arts to feature late Governor’s Arts Award winners and other deceased Delaware artists who have received special recognition from the council.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs believes that culture builds Florida by supporting jobs, tourism and education while contributing to a vibrant and creative state. To promote excellence and encourage access to cultural opportunities, the FDCA provides funding, programs and resources including grants for arts in education, local arts agencies, state service organizations, museums, and theaters in a wide array of art forms and mediums.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

NJ State Council on the Arts‘ mission is to support  artists, arts organizations and projects throughout New Jersey. Each year, NJSCA is proud to bring the arts to more than 18 million and to generate a $1 billion arts economy.  Through grants and direct services, it strengthens New Jersey’s cultural sector, fosters cross-sector partnerships, and supports artists and arts education programs and initiatives.  POBA collaborates with the NJSCA in providing professional development for working artists.

50th Anniversary logo for the Ohio Arts Council.

Ohio State Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council, created in 1965, is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. OAC is funded by the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and provides grants to support organizations, artists and schools and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio’s public; and provides direct arts-related services that help strengthen the arts.   Each year, the OAC awards one Ohio Heritage Fellowship to an individual or group whose work in the folk and traditional arts has a significant impact on the people and communities of the state. POBA is collaborating with OAC to feature late Heritage Fellowship winners and other deceased Ohio artists who have received special recognition from OAC.


Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. Using innovative technology, Paddle8 has streamlined the collecting experience, offering authenticated inventory through curated online auctions, including collaboration with non-profit organizations such as POBA. Founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 has teams in New York, L.A., and London. In partnership with POBA, Paddle8 will offer auctions of selected POBA artists’ works, whose portfolios are featured below.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod. Throughout a century of inspiration, PAAM has highlighted significant artists, artwork, and events that have contributed to PAAM becoming a vital cultural institution it is today and to sustaining Provincetown as an enduring American center for the arts. PAAM presents a dynamic lineup of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and cultural events that promote and cultivate appreciation for all branches of the fine arts. In partnership with POBA, PAAM has chosen to feature artists whose vision and skill are especially interesting to a wider audience. Their POBA portfolios are featured below.

Vermont Arts Council

The Vermont Arts Council envisions a Vermont where everyone in the state has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. Through its programs and services, the Council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to expand opportunities for everyone to experience the arts. POBA is collaborating with Vermont Arts Council to feature late Governor’s Arts Award winners and other deceased Vermont artists who have received special recognition from the council.

Washington State Arts Commission

Washington State acknowledged the public value of the arts in 1961 by establishing the Washington State Arts Commission. ArtsWA is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. The goal of ArtsWA is to ensure that the arts are thriving and celebrated throughout the state and are woven into the fabric of vital and vibrant communities by serving as  economic drivers to generate revenues, as  educational assets to develop imagination and facilitate success, as civic catalysts to sustain welcoming community and desirable quality of life, and by preserving Washington State’s cultural legacies. POBA is collaborating with ArtsWA to feature winners of the Governor’s Award in the Arts and other deceased Washington State artists who have received special recognition from ArtsWA.

Art Lives

Art Lives is an exciting celebration of the creative legacies of talented artists from all fields of artistic expression whose lives were lost to AIDS – whether famous, infamous or unknown.  Art Lives gives the public  a chance to hear, to see and to actively participate in the celebration of the exceptional creative output of an entire generation of artists lost to AIDS that might otherwise be silenced by the passing of time.  Thirty years after the first test for HIV/AIDS became publicly available, the epidemic continues to take lives unnecessarily.  AIDS is not over. Art Lives will keep alive the creative legacies of nominated artists lost to AIDS while calling attention to the continuing impact of AIDS on us still and while supporting important initiatives in the on-going fight against HIV/AIDS. 

Art Lives has been developed to  digitally preserve and showcase the works by artists lost to AIDS, to re-ignite interest in their  creative legacies, and to bring outstanding but previously unseen or rarely seen art works by these artists to the public for their pleasure and enjoyment.  While we can never know all of the great work they had ahead of them, we can and should celebrate the great work and stories they have left behind.  

The artists inaugurating Art Lives were nominated by three leading arts-based organizations advocating for HIV/AIDS education and services: DIFFA, LifeBeat, and Visual AIDS.  The artists they have identified are just a few of the extraordinary artists lost to AIDS that we hope to display.  POBA will expand and extend the reach and impact of Art Lives by also asking celebrities, partner organizations and the public to nominate such artists who should be recognized in Art Lives. If you wish to nominate such an artist, please click the Nominate a Great button to the right side of this page. 

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) raises and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. DIFFA is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, of preventive education programs for those at risk, and of public policy efforts about HIV/AIDS. Supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, and consumer product design, among other design fields.

For Art Lives,  POBA’s tribute to a generation of artists lost to AIDS, DIFFA has nominated three exceptionally talented artists who died from AIDS  and whose works involved design in an interesting variety of genres:  Ken Kendrick, award-winning graphic designer and former art director for New York Times Sunday Magazine;  Patrick Kelly, American-born, Paris-based clothing designer par excellence;  and Jim Terrell, architect and designer of some of America’s most memorable commercial and personal spaces.   Through DIFFA’s nominations, we are able to see and remember the talent, passion and timeless accomplishments of these designer artists lost to us from AIDS and to learn a bit more about what shaped their vision and their lives.


LifeBEAT – Music Fights HIV/AIDS is the leading national nonprofit focused on educating America’s youth (aged 13-29) about HIV/AIDS and STD prevention. For 22 years, LifeBEAT has mobilized the music industry‘s resources to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and STDs through live music events, and via broadcast, digital, social, and print platforms. LifeBEAT also provides quality of life services and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  LifeBEAT programs are funded through proceeds from special events, cause-related marketing projects, and voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations and are themselves are award-winning –  its recent KYSS (Know Your Status Stage) campaign won a prestigious Effie Award (Gold) for marketing and advertising in June 2015.

For Art Lives,  POBA’s tribute to a generation of artists lost to AIDS, LifeBeat has nominated two exceptionally talented music icons – from the performance and the production sides of the music industry spectrum – who died from AIDS:  Sylvester, the ferociously flamboyant, cross-dressing, and cross-genre vocalist who took the 70s by storm in disco, then moved back to his roots in gospel and soul;  and Mel Cheren, the innovative record executive who helped start the Paradise Garage, a  focal point of the downtown Manhattan gay disco scene in the 1970s and ’80s,and the man who invented the 12 inch vinyl single record for his label, West End music.  Here, however, LifeBeat brings us another side of Cheren –  his remarkable artistry as a painter.

Through LifeBEAT’s nominations, we are able to see and remember the talent, passion and timeless accomplishments of these masters of music lost to us from AIDS and to learn a bit more about what shaped their vision and their lives.

Visual AIDS

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.   Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications – while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the diversity and the works of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

For Art Lives,  POBA’s tribute to a generation of artists lost to AIDS, Visual AIDS has nominated two exceptionally talented artists lost to AIDS.  Both artists created powerful works that mix their distinct cultural heritages with subject matter that influenced and intrigued them during their lifetime.  Both artists also use their cultural material to make powerful contemporary statements, especially about gay life.   Martin Wong draws largely on traditional Chinese artistic imagery and calligraphy, but delivers his visionary realism with irony, wit, and a distinctive juxtaposition of old and new.  Nicolas Mouffarege was an art critic, curator and painter.  In his own works, he interwove images and alphabets from his native Egypt and Lebanon with those from his time in Paris and New York to create complex works –  most notably, his unique embroidered paintings.

Through Visual AIDS’s nominations, we are able to see and remember the talent, passion and timeless accomplishments of these master artists lost to us from AIDS and to learn a bit more about what shaped their vision and their lives.