KEVIN FRANCIS (American)
Charcoal on paper, 84” x 36”
Man on the Couch, 2008
China and color pencil on paper, 12.2” x 18.9”
Digital print, 14” x 11.5”
JOSEPH R. CANTO (American)
Helping Hands, 2009
Oil on canvas, 12.5” x 17.5”
Dual Figure Entries
(Our next competition is planned
The Grand Prize Winner receives
1) A Tom of Finland signed original study (shown
above), 2) A three-day weekend stay at the Foundation
House with sleeping accomodations in Tom's attic bedroom / studio,
3) A complimentary booth at a Tom of Finland Foundation
(ToFF) Erotic Art Fair, 4) A Foundation membership
at the Commodore level, and 5) An invitation to a
luncheon in honor of all 2009 Contest winners. The Grand Prize winner
receives these prizes in lieu of the category prizes listed below.
1st Place Winners receive 1) A lithograph
by Tom of Finland that is numbered and signed "Tom of Finland".
(This is very unusual, as most of his works were signed "Tom".),
2) A Foundation membership at the Commander level, and 3)
An invitation to a luncheon in honor of all 2009 Contest winners.
2nd Place Winners receive 1) A limited edition
giclée print by Tom of Finland from the collection on display
in our Annex Gallery, 2) A Foundation membership
at the Seaman level, and 3) An invitation to a luncheon
in honor of all 2009 Contest winners.
3rd Place Winners receive 1) A limited edition print from the
Foundation, 2) A Foundation membership at the Recruit level, and 3)
An invitation to a luncheon in honor of all 2009 Contest winners.
real prize awarded all participants of ToFF's 2009 E. E.
A. C. is the publicity, exposure and international recognition accorded
them through the Foundation’s promotion of the Contest.
were determined using a “blind” scoring process by a distinguished
panel of five judges. The judges are selected from an international
roster of individuals in the field of the arts.
each work on a scale of 1 to 10. Scores will be tabulated and the
works with highest point totals are the winners. The 2009 Contest
Kat Coric was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia
in 1969 and immigrated with her family to Montreal in 1974.
She is a multidisciplinary artist, producer and art collector.
She has been artistically active in Montreal since 1998.
by David Morgan
In her work she explores issues relating to HIV / AIDS,
Harm Reduction and the underground dance club culture. She
produces special events that foster education around these
subjects and is well known for creating memorable, original
artistic events incorporating various artists from all domains.
Dr. Laura Henkel is the Resident Curator
and Art Director for the permanent and special exhibits for
the Erotic Heritage
Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mission of the Museum
is sex education through the arts. The Museum seeks to bridge
the gap between that which is commercial and often misidentified
as pornographic, with that which is aesthetic, often identified
as folk, pop, and fine art through a common visual language.
The Museum encompasses over 17,000 square feet of permanent
and featured exhibits designed to preserve wonders of the
erotic imagination as depicted through the artistic expression
of acts of sex and love.
Dr. Laura is the founder of Henkel Enterprises LLC, an
appraisal and consulting company specializing in international
market trends as it relates to all genres / mediums of the
erotic. Dr. Laura Henkel is also the founder of Laura Henkel
Fine Art, a company specializing in the brokering of rare
and collectible fine art to international collectors, galleries
and museums. Dr. Laura has a gallery location at the Erotic
Heritage Museum and at the Arts Factory in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Henkel has lectured and consulted many art festivals,
art competitions, galleries, museums and government health
organizations around the world. Dr. Laura received her Doctor
of Philosophy in Erotology and her Doctorate of Human Sexuality
through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
in San Francisco, California. She is a member of the American
College of Sexologists in the United States and the Association
of Erotic Artists in the United Kingdom.
Jay Jorgensen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
in 1964. He picked up his first camera at a young age and
was hooked. Moving to Los Angeles in 1985, Jorgensen's
work took a turn when a friend asked him to take some nudes.
"It opened up a whole new way of expression for me, and
I began asking friends to pose for me. Those early images
allowed me a certain intimacy in the images because of my
familiarity with the subjects."
In 1999, Jorgensen won the Grand
Prize in the Tom
of Finland Foundation's Emerging Erotic Artist Contest.
In 2006, Bruno Gmunder published a monograph of his work
titled "Shades of Desire." His photography has
also appeared in the anthologies "Ecce Homo,"
"Nudes Index IX," and "Naked." His commercial
work has appeared in Palm Springs Life, TV
Guide and People magazines.
Marco Livingstone is an art historian and
independent curator with a particular interest in Pop Art,
figurative painting and work by gay artists. Born in Detroit
in 1952, he has been resident in England since 1974.
He has curated major Pop Art exhibitions in Japan (1986),
for the Royal Academy of Arts, London (1991), Lisbon (1997),
Modena (2004) and Bilbao (2005-6) and retrospectives of
the work of Allen Jones (1979), Patrick Caulfield (1981),
Peter Phillips (1982), Duane Michals (1984 and 1998), Arthur
Tress (1986), David Hockney (1989, 1994 and 2002), R. B.
Kitaj (1998 and 2004), Jim Dine (1990 and 1996), Roy Lichtenstein
and Andy Warhol (1991), Tom Wesselmann (1993), Duane Hanson
(1994 and 1995), George Segal (1997), and Paula Rego (2007),
His publications include these and other catalogues, plus
monographs on Clive Barker, Peter Blake, Caulfield, Dine,
Hockney, Jones, Kitaj, Richard Woods and others, and Pop
Art: A Continuing History (Thames and Hudson, 1990).
His book Hockney’s Portraits and People (2003),
one of his many publications on Hockney, was awarded the
2004 Sir Bannister Fletcher Award for best book on the arts.
Among the gay artists whose work he has written about are
Hockney, Duane Michals, Jean-Marc Prouveur, Arthur Tress,
and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Michael Taubenheim, born in 1968, lives and works in Berlin.
His photographic work has been published in many magazines
since 1990, followed by numerous solo and group exhibitions
both at home and abroad.
After working as self-employed advertising photographer
and as editor of photography for Bruno Gmünder publishing,
he is now their CEO.
Recently he started to create pictures made of gold leaf.
His first exhibition on his new work will be in Berlin in
February 2010. More information can be seen online at www.taubenheim.de.
The rules used to submit entries
for the 2009 contest are available here.
Our next contest is scheduled for 2011.
If you are interested in purchasing
any of the artwork from the 2009 contest, please contact the administrator
with your inquiries.
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