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Press Release:
CLIVE BARKER
To Receive
Tom of Finland Foundation's
"CULTURAL ICON" AWARD

      The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced that it will present its 2003 Cultural Icon Award to artist, author, and filmmaker Clive Barker. The award, a sculpture designed by artist Philip Hitchcock, will be presented at the Foundation's annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 11.

      The Cultural Icon Award was established in 2001, to honor individuals whose artistic achievements and personal integrity combine to make them role models. The first recipient was Rob Halford, former lead singer for the band Judas Priest, and the first heavy-metal musician to come out as gay. 

      In explaining the Foundation's choice of Barker for the award, Director and Co-Founder Durk Dehner said, "The greatness of Clive’s art – both the visual and literary – speaks for itself. What makes him particularly worthy of this award is that, in addition to his talent, he has always been totally open about his sexuality, and has lived his life with dignity. These are the qualities which make him a great role model."

      The Awards Banquet is part of the 9th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend, to take place October 10, 11, and 12, 2003. The weekend begins with an Opening Reception on Friday evening. The Erotic Art Fair, this year co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, is open to the public during the day, both Saturday and Sunday, at Great Hall in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. On Saturday afternoon, photographer Tom Bianchi will present a lecture/ demonstration about his multi-media project, "On the Couch." On Sunday afternoon, a symposium and panel discussion will be held on the topic, "Does It Have to Be Big to Be Sexy?"

      In addition, this year’s Fair will feature an exhibit on the life of Touko Laaksonen, aka erotic artist Tom of Finland (1920-1991), with particular emphasis on his childhood and early adult life in his native Finland. This exhibit was officially dedicated at the Opening of the 2003 New York Erotic Art Fair by the Deputy Consul General of Finland, Jari Sinkari.

      The Fair serves as a fund-raising event for the non-profit Foundation, and provides a unique opportunity for more than 60 erotic artists from around the world to display and sell their work to the public. The educational value of the Fairs is enormous: for many, artists and public alike, the Fairs provide the only venue in which erotic art can be displayed, enjoyed, and purchased. The Foundation's staff curates the Fair, to ensure a variety of styles and media. 

      For updated information and location of all events, visit www.TomOfFinlandFoundation.org, or call the Fair Hotline at 323-860-9801.

9th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend
Rundown of Events


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
8:00 - 11:00 PM
Artists Reception at The Tom of Finland House
1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
1:00 - 7:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair 
Great Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8 (good for both days)

4:00 PM
Photographer Tom Bianchi presents a lecture demonstration
on his multi-media project, “On the Couch”
Great Hall, Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance)

8:30 PM
Tom of Finland Foundation Banquet
Presentation of Cultural Icon Award, and
awards to winners of 2003 Emerging Erotic  Artist Contest
Taix French Restaurant
1911 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park
Admission: General Public $50, Foundation Members $40
(Advance Reservations Required. Call Foundation at 213.250.1685)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
12:00 - 6:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair 
Great Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8

2:00 PM
Panel Discussion: “Does It Have to Be Big to Be Sexy?”
Great Hall at Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance)


For further info, call the Foundation at 213.250.1685.


NOTE: Images of various works by participating artists are available. Please contact us if you wish to receive them via email or on disk.


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