Q: When is Postcards From the Edge? Why is it later this season?
A: The Preview Party is Friday, January 9, 2009, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and the Benefit Sale is one-day only, Saturday, January 10, 2009, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The dates of the event vary each year according to when space is available.
Q: Where are the Preview Party and Benefit Sale?
A: All events will be held at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Q: Can I pay by check or credit card?
A: Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Checks are payable to Visual AIDS and require a photo ID.
Q: Can I buy a gift certificate as a holiday gift?
A: Yes, gift certificates are $75 and are good for one postcard-sized artwork, redeemable at the Postcards From the Edge sale Saturday, January 10 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Click here for details.
Q: How can I get on the mailing list?
A: Send your mailing or e-mail address to info@visualAIDS.org.
Q: How can I see the entire exhibition?
A: The only "guaranteed" way to see all of the artwork is to attend the Preview Party -- admission is $75. The Benefit Sale is first-come, first-served; pieces will be bought and removed as soon as the doors open.
Q: How much is the Preview Party?
A: The Preview Party is $75 and includes one free raffle ticket. The Preview is one night only -- Friday, January 9, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Q: What is the raffle?
A: The raffle will include several prizes, and the grand prize is the chance to be the one and only person to select a postcard that night! Additional raffle tickets are only $20.
Q: What time do people start to line up for the benefit sale?
A: Many people start lining up early in the morning and enjoy the mingling. If you don't like lines, plan to come in the late afternoon. There are always great works available.
For Participating Artists
Q: When is the deadline to submit artwork?
A: DEADLINE EXTENDED: All entries must be received by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008 (NO late entries)
Q: Where can I drop off the artwork?
A: You can drop off the artwork at the Visual AIDS office at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 501, Mon-Fri from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. After hours, a slim envelope can be slid under the door. Please DO NOT drop off work at Metro Pictures.
Q: Can participating artists attend the Preview Party for free? Do I need to RSVP?
A: Yes, artists' names will be held at the door. You do not need to RSVP.
Q: Can I purchase a Preview Party ticket as a donation?
Q. I'm a participating artist, may I bring a guest to the Preview Party for free?
A: Yes, many participating artists and volunteers purchase tickets as a donation. Tickets are $75 and include a free raffle ticket.
A. Only participating artists receive free admission, but all other guests can buy tickets at the door.
Q: Do participating artists have to wait in line at the Benefit Sale?
Q: How can I make sure you received my postcard and will it be included in the event?
A: All postcard artworks arriving by deadline are displayed. If you need confirmation that we received your artwork, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard with your submission. We will post the full list of artists on our Web site after the event concludes.
Q: If I donate an artwork, will my name be on the postcard invitation?
A: Only 100 of the 1,500 artists names can fit on the printed 5"x7" invitation, however all the artists names will be listed at the event and on our Web site after the event.
Q: Can I get extra invitations to mail out for the event?
A: Yes, postcard invites can be picked up 2-3 weeks before the event. Please stop by the office to pick some up while they last, or send a 6"x9" self-addressed stamped envelope with $1.68 in postage for 20 postcard invites. If you would like additional invites, please send appropriate postage with your request.
Q: How will I know if my artwork sold?
A: If requested, we contact artists with buyers' information 4-6 weeks after the benefit.
Q: What is Visual AIDS?
A: Postcards From the Edge benefits Visual AIDS. Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-part mission 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers. 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message "AIDS IS NOT OVER."