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OCTOBER 6, 7, 8, AND 9, 2005

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The 11th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Fair Weekend
will take place October 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2005. The weekend begins on
Thursday with the opening reception for "Girls Who Do -
The Illustration of Michael Kirwan"
at The Erotic Museum.

Opening festivities continue with an Artists Reception on Friday
evening, featuring a newly-curated exhibition of three floors of
artworks from the Foundation’s Permanent Collection. Hors d’oeuvres
and cocktails will be served.

The Erotic Art Fair, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Finland
in Los Angeles, the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Lesbian & Gay
Advisory Board, and the West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bureau,
is open to the public during the day, both Saturday and Sunday, in
West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. The Fair will include an exhibit on some
of the many artists whose careers the Foundation has boosted in its
first 20 years.

On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, at the Fair, panel discussions
and life drawing demos, with artists and models, will be featured.

At the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, the 2005 Lifetime
Achievement Award and Cultural Icon Award will be presented, and an
artist to be announced will be inducted into the Erotic Artist Hall of Fame.

The Weekend serves as a fundraising event for the Foundation,
and provides a unique opportunity for 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.

The 2005 Erotic Art Fair will host more than 80 artists, from all over
the United States, and from several foreign countries. Virtually every
medium is represented: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography,
mixed media, and digital work. The Foundation strives to include work
representing all genders and sexual orientations. When the Foundation
presented the first Fair in 1995, it was the only event of its kind;
the Fair continues to be the largest event in the world dedicated to
providing erotic artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their
work to the public.


The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced the recipients of its three
major annual awards. The awards, acrylic sculptures designed by artist
Philip Hitchcock, will be presented at the Foundation’s annual
Awards Banquet, to be held on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at the
Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood. The Banquet is part of
the 11th Annual West Hollywood Erotic Art Fair Weekend.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Edward Lucie-Smith
of London. An art critic, historian, poet, and photographer, Mr.
Lucie-Smith is widely regarded as the world’s most prolific and most
widely-published writer on art, with more than sixty books on art
to his credit. Several of his works, including Movements in Art
since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, and A Dictionary of
Art Terms, and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the
world. Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include
Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt, Benedikt Taschen, Durk Dehner, and
Charles Leslie and Frederic Lohman.

The Foundation will bestow the Cultural Icon Award on artist and
activist Ivy Bottini of West Hollywood. Ms Bottini was a founder
of the first chapter of the National Organization for Women, and
designed its national logo in 1969. She has been a graphic artist,
a performer, and a longtime community activist, and currently
serves as Co-Chair of the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and
Gay Advisory Board. The Cultural Icon Award is presented to an
individual whose career achievements and personal qualities
combine to make him or her a role model. Previous recipients
include heavy metal rocker Rob Halford; author and filmmaker
Clive Barker; and social critic Camille Paglia.

The 2005 inductees into the Erotic Artist Hall of Fame are
Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard of Paris, who work professionally
under the name “Pierre et Gilles.” The pair met in 1976, and began
their formal work as Pierre et Gilles in 1978. Their collaboration,
which involves intricately staged and hand-retouched photographs,
has led to exhibitions at Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne and
Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal,
and many other venues. Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame
include H. R. Giger, Bill Schmelling aka The Hun, Michael Kirwan,
and, posthumously, Tom of Finland and Herb Ritts.

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Rundown of Events:

5:00 - 9:00 PM
Opening reception for
Girls Who Do - The Illustration of Michael Kirwan
The Erotic Museum
6741 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

8:00 - 11:00 PM
Artists Reception at The Tom of Finland House
1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, CA 90026
Open Bar
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8

1:00 - 7:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair
Great Hall at Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8 (good for both days)

4:00 PM
Panel Discussion (subject to be announced)
Great Hall, Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance)

8:00 PM
Tom of Finland Foundation Banquet
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement, Cultural Icon,
and Erotic Artist Hall of Fame Awards.
Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood
Admission: General Public $50, Foundation Members $40
(Advance Reservations Required. Call Foundation at 213.250.1685)

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 (subject to be announced)
Great Hall at Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance)

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(IMAGES: High resolution versions of our Image of the Year 2005 are available on-line by visiting the link at the top of this page.)

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