Luncheon for Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition Winners 2014-2015

2nd October | TOM House

First run in 1993, the Competition aims to cultivate the next generation of artists
who are producing erotic artwork. The main criterion for entry is that the artist is
not already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality. The Grand Prize is an
original Tom of Finland drawing.
The contest was judged by a stellar group of 10 internationally renowned contemporary
artists: assume vivid astro focus (Eli Sudbrack and Christophe HamaidePierson),
Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset), Richard
Hawkins, Ryan Heffington, Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder and A.L. Steiner.

Photos by Benno Sebastian


Tom of Finland Foundation Announces 10th Annual Emerging Artist Competition

Frontiers, a Southern California LGBT magazine, has promoted the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition.

As noted by contributor Dominic Preston, “L.A.’s Tom of Finland Foundation is this year celebrating both the 10th anniversary of its Emerging Artist Competition, and the 30th anniversary of the foundation itself”. The article lists the 10 esteemed judges of the competition and quotes from a statement by Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation:

In actively mentoring emerging artists, being guardians of culture, and providing safe environments that nurture growth and blossoming of a broader context of visual erotic arts, we pursue Tom of Finland’s ethos and practice that inspired generations.

The competition’s Grand Prize Winner will receive an original Tom of Finland preparatory drawing, a detail from which is shown below:

Detail from Untitled (Preparatory drawing). Grand Prize for 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

Detail from TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979, Graphite on paper, 8.31″ x 11.69″, ToFF #1004 © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

Submissions for the competition close on November 3, 2014. For further details about the competition, visit the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition page.


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