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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

DISPATCH SPRING 2003

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6TH BIENNIAL EMERGING EROTIC ARTISTS CONTEST

Every other year, the Foundation hosts this popular event. Some of our past contestants are now established names in the erotic art world. This year’s categories are: 1) Single Figure, 2) Dual Figures, 3) Multiple Figures, and 4) Fantasy.

"Jolly Triton" by Dean Cameron
(EEAC winner 1999)
Framed by Lindsay and Richard Persel

The contest is open to artists whose erotic works have not been sold. The contest was created to encourage both new artists and artists who have achieved acclaim in other fields to try their hand at erotic works. The Foundation awards prizes to the winners including cash, memberships, and publicizes their work to an array of publications worldwide.

Submissions may be photographs, drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, three dimensional or digital art, or mixed media. For further details and entry forms, contact the Foundation. The closing date for submissions is August 1, 2003.

Some previous submissions to the contest are currently on display at Foundation headquarters, two of which are reproduced here. These works were also framed through our "Be Part of the Art" program. (See below.)


BE PART OF THE ART

How will I be remembered?

As a gay man, I have no heirs to propagate my wit and wisdom in perpetuity. What, then, will be my legacy? How can I show the world that I made a "difference" while I was here?

"Baptism" by Jay Jorgensen
(EEAC 1999 Winner)
Framed by Shawn (Faultline)

Historically, art has been a measure of time. From prehistoric cave drawings to Andy Warhol's pop canvases, art documents the feelings and attitudes of each generation. And throughout the ages, artists have produced works of erotic art. Not until the present era, however, has there been such freedom to have their work seen. Today, artists are able to express all aspects of their sexuality through what they create.

As a community, we have only begun to forge our rightful our place in society. Our visual arts are the permanent reminder of our struggle for equality. While others have the daunting task of recording strict historical data, it is our responsibility to preserve our most intimate visual arts so that future generations may "hear" our voice and honestly judge us, or simply enjoy that spirit which is our most lasting legacy.

—Paul Devine


Paul Devine is the owner of Interior Devine, a fine print gallery, frameworks and designer showroom in Pasadena, California. (626.795.5025) Paul is a recent friend of the Foundation who contributed his exceptional framing skills and materials at far below market value. His aid demonstrates, once again, that there are many ways to help the Foundation conserve our history.

To date, nearly 50 pieces have been framed by friends of the Foundation as artists cannot always afford to donate their works to the Permanent Collection framed.


 COMMANDER'S DINNER

Left to Right: Elliot Harmon and
Peter Karjalainen

"Our house is your house," is becoming our unofficial motto and, on February 15, the Foundation held its special Welcome Home event for our Commanders—those members who join the Foundation at the $250, or more, level. This yearly gathering is our traditional thank you to these generous supporters. Attendees were served gourmet cuisine and pampered all evening by a "staff" of virile valets who volunteer to make our valued patrons feel at home in the house where Tom of Finland lived and worked while in Los Angeles—and is now the headquarters for our organization.

Elliott Harmon received the Honorary Commander Award that recognizes special contributions to the Foundation. Mr. Harmon donated rare videos, magazines and personal correspondence with early luminaries of the sexual revolution to our Archive. One of the most cherished pieces of this magnanimous gift is a personal letter signed by Physique Pictorial photographer Bob Mizer.


THE FOUNDATION THANKS
...the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions:

Simone Gad, Dave Pibel, William John Welch ("Cody"), Angel Merino, Sugoi, Sharp, JB Higgins, Michael Kirwan, Jeff Compasso, Gary Felgemaker, Benoit Prevot, Mike Goldie, Cliff Benjamin, Elliot Harmon, Shawn Farnsworth and Daddy Nick.

For a unique present, consider a tax deductible donation of $50 to $500 to the Foundation in a friend’s name! We will send a card notifying them of your gift.


SALON NIGHT

Left to Right: Sultan, Windon Boy and
co-host John Jockinsen

Tom of Finland Foundation headquarters in Echo Park was the location for the first of a continuing series of seasonal salons where artists and collectors can meet, discuss mutual interests, and make new contacts while at the same time showing their work, as well as work they have collected. Co-hosted by Foundation Board member SHARP, and collector John Jockinsen, the evening faced strong competition from NBC's Golden Globe Awards broadcast, but managed a full house nonetheless. Attendees included artists Rick Castro, Patrick Lee, Hector Silva, John Blackburn, Miguel Reyes, Sean Platter, Brad Rader, and the legendary Sultan.

Two new works were donated to the Foundation's Permanent Collection during the salon. Newcomer Simone Gad contributed a collage, and longtime supporter Dave Pibel donated one of his signature woodcarvings.

The next Artists & Collectors Salon is scheduled for July 19, 2003.


LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP

The Foundation is planning a series of drawing workshops with live models, that will include guest artists to explore the kinds of processes used in creating erotic art. The workshops are an opportunity for interaction between all levels, from beginners to established artists. Those wishing to participate, volunteer, or contribute ideas, please contact Matthew at Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org or call 213.250.1685.


HOUSE TOURS



The Tom of Finland Foundation’s headquarters is also a museum open to members, scholars, artists, the press, or anyone (of age!) serious about erotic art. See the most recent exhibition of over 175 works by dozens of artists selected from our Permanent Collection. Visit Tom’s studio where he created hundreds of his drawings. If you are visiting the Los Angeles area, be sure to put it on your itinerary.

Call to schedule an appointment at 213.250.1685. Donations are graciously accepted.


The Dispatch is the Newsletter of 
The Tom of Finland Foundation

PUBLISHER:  Durk Dehner
EDITOR:  SHARP
MANAGING EDITOR:  Louis Jay
CONTENT EDITOR:  Larry Schubert
SPECIAL PROJECTS:  Matthew Blouin
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER:  Jay Lawton
GRAPHICS CONSULTANT:  David Specht
 

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TOM ON HIS WORK
"Yes, I consider my work pornography. Pornography means to stimulate peoples' sexual feelings, and I'm always very aware of that. My motive is lower than art." — Tom of Finland from the MSC Finland Website.