While iconic artist Tom of Finland is long gone, his foundation continues to support the gay erotic arts. In the latest edition of its contest (which has been going on since 1993!), the Tom of Finland Foundation is sponsoring the 10th Emerging Artist Competition, which hopes to nurture amateur artists and give them an opportunity to have their work viewed and judged by professionals in the field. It also encourages artists who have achieved acclaim in other fields to try their hand at other work.
The main criterion for entering the contest is that the artist is not already commercially selling work. Oh, and it has to portray sexuality. (Our favorite part!) The artwork entered may be photos, drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, three-dimensional or digital art or mixed media. The competition is judged by a five-member panel of international judges from different areas of the visual arts. Previous winners include Patrick Lee, Hector Silva and Jay Jorgensen. Submissions must be received by July 31; the winners will be announced mid-August and the awards presented in September. Besides the first-place award, which is a numbered lithograph by Tom, the Foundation also gives prizes to the winners, including exhibition opportunities and ToFF memberships. For more info, click here. Now, any new news on that Tom movie bio!?