TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

About the contest

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

THE RULES

PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, THE DATES FOR SUBMISSIONS AND FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO ALLOW MORE TIME  FOR ENTRIES AND JUDGING (Items 2 and 3 below show the new dates)

  1. This competition is for emerging artists only. An emerging artist is defined as an artist who has not commercially sold work that portrays sexuality.
  2. All submissions must be received by the closing date of 15th November 2020 at midnight PST.
  3. After submissions close, the judging process begins. Judges will make their scores and the results will be tabulated. All competitors will be notified of the final results and their entries posted on our website. Winners will also be announced and highlighted on our website.
    The winners of the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artists Competition will be notified on 3rd December 2020 and the awards are presented at the 36th Anniversary event during the Art and Culture Fair on 11th thru 13th December 2020. A selection of previous submissions to the contest are currently on display online.
  4. The entry fee for a single work is $25, or 2 entries for $35. Entrants may submit the appropriate fee using the SUBMIT ENTRY FEE buttons found in the ENTER THE CONTEST section below.
  5. Artists may submit either one or two pieces maximum, but may not receive more than one award in any given category.
  6. Subject requirement for submissions is limited to the erotic, which may include heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, pansexual male or female, surrealism, fetishism, fantasy, or any combination thereof. Non-erotic artwork, artwork depicting minors (under 18 years-of-age) or bestiality will be disqualified.
  7. We ask that all artists submit works that are original to themselves. If the submission is modeled (identical or to some degree) on the work of another artist, it must be indicted:
    MY ARTIST NAME Title (after Henri Matisse), 2005, Oil on canvas, 12″x14″
    So that the work can be judged accordingly.

Entries information:

Complete anonymity is guaranteed to any contestant requesting it. Any pseudonym chosen by the artist is acceptable (except for “Anonymous”).
Entry of work(s) to the Emerging Artist Competition constitutes permission to reproduce the work for the purpose of judging, advertising, and promoting the competition and Tom of Finland Foundation. Winning works may be reproduced in media coverage of the competition and/or advertising of the Emerging Artist Competition and Tom of Finland Foundation. Work will not be sold or reproduced for any profit-making venues whatsoever without prior written approval of the artist.

Categories:

The competition is open to all media. Submissions may include photography, drawings, paintings, mixed media, collage, sculpture, three dimension art, or digital renderings. (Final decision of category placements will be determined by the Foundation.)
(A) Single Figure, (B) Dual Figures, (C) Multiple Figures, (D) Fantasy, (E) Photography

When a work fits in more than one category, it may default to one with the least competition from the other entries.

Photography rules:

Please note that all photographs of any identifiable person(s) must include:

A signed model release and
A legible copy of valid I. D. proving model’s age to be 18+.

Photography not accompanied by model release(s) can not be considered.

Cropped photos are eligible. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos in the Photography Category. If it is determined that an artist has altered his or her photo, we reserve the right to move the photo to another of the four categories.

Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for the Photography Category.

HOW IT IS JUDGED

Judges will make their decisions based, above all, on erotic content, taking into consideration all artistic criteria by which art is usually judged.
Sixteen categories of prizes will be awarded. There are three winners in each of the five categories, plus an overall Grand Prize Winner from all categories combined.
Only one prize category will be awarded to any individual artist.

PRIZES

Tom of Finland Grand Prize:

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Character study for Sex on the Train), 1974, Graphite on paper, 11.50” x 8.25”, © Tom of Finland Foundation

• The winner shall receive a Tom of Finland preparatory drawing
• The winner shall receive an online solo presentation at Tom of Finland Store
• The winner shall receive complimentary participation in a future Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival
• The winner shall receive a Foundation membership at the Partner level
• The winner shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a book:  TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero
• The winner shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book
The Grand Prize winner receives the above prizes in lieu of the category prizes listed below

First Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Kake level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a book:  TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Second Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a limited edition fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Supporter level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a book:  TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Third Place Winners

In Each Category:

• Winners shall receive a limited edition fine art print by Tom of Finland of their choosing
• Winners shall receive a Foundation membership at the Friend level
• Winners shall receive a book:  My Gay Eye – signed copy of Tom of Finland Foundation Special
• Winners shall receive a book:  TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero
• Winners shall receive a 100 Anniversary Tom of Finland hardcover blank book

Winners are responsible for their own transportation to Los Angeles.

THE BILL “THE HUN” SCHMELING SINGLE FIGURE AWARD

THE GARILYN BRUNE DUAL FIGURE AWARD

THE DEAN CAMERON MULTIPLE FIGURE AWARD

THE PALANCA FANTASY AWARD

THE JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

THE TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE AWARD

The real prize awarded all participants of ToF EAC is the publicity, exposure and international recognition accorded them through the Foundation’s promotion of the Competition.

The winners are determined using a blind scoring process by a distinguished panel of judges who are selected from an international roster of individuals in the field of the arts.

Judges score each work on a scale of 1 to 10. Scores are tabulated and the works with highest point totals become the winners.

JUDGES

Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) is proud to announce the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition, in celebration of the artist Tom of Finland’s 100 birth year and the Foundation’s 36th year in operation (established 1984). The eight internationally renowned creators who will be judging this year’s competition:

A designer with a curatorial approach to fashion making and brand building, Jonathan Anderson earned both critical acclaim and commercial success with the collections he designs as the creative director of LOEWE and for his eponymous label, JW Anderson. An alumnus of London College of Fashion, Anderson was the first fashion designer to be awarded, in 2015, both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Anderson has created collections and products collaborating with noteworthy brands. In 2016 he founded the LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize, the world's first international award for contemporary craft and in 2017 he curated Disobedient Bodies, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield. In 2019, the Prime Minister of Britain appointed Jonathan Anderson to the Trustees to the Board of the V&A, one of the world’s leading museums of art and design.

@jonathan.anderson

Seth Bogart is an artist & musician living in Los Angeles.  He has exhibited work at Participant INC, Artist Curated Projects, One Archives, MoCA, 356 S Mission, FIERMAN, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and others.  Bogart releases music under his name and also with Hunx and His Punx. His new solo album is called “Men on the Verge of Nothing”.

@sethbogartofficial

Nao Bustamante is a internationally renowned artist, residing in Los Angeles. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently she holds the position of Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves as the Director of the MFA in Art.

@naobustamante

Matt Lambert is an LA-born, Berlin-based filmmaker and photographer whose work blurs the line between fine-art, fashion, documentary, and porn - collaborating with everyone from Calvin Klein to Christeene to Celine Dion to The Cock Destroyers. One of his most recent projects, "Pleasure Park", is a docu-youth-punk-lust-fest in collaboration with MEN.com — both a film and his fifth book.

@dielamb

Felipe Meres was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988 and currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include The Telomeric Cut at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017) and Fsision at Company Gallery, NY (2016). His work has been shown in venues such as the Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia (2019); Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2018); GAMeC, Italy (2018) and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, FL (2016). He was an artist in residency at Casa Wabi, Mexico (2018); ArtCenter/South Florida, FL (2016) and Escola de Verão, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro (2012). He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, NY and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at The New School, NY. He is the recipient of the 2016 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Award and of the 2014 Tom of Finland Foundation Emerging Artist Grand Prize.

@felipemeres

Silvia Prada is a New York based artist whose figurative handmade drawings celebrate gay iconography and popular culture. She started illustrating for some of the most influential international magazines of the 1990s: Dazed & Confused, Interview and The Face. Prada’s work have been showcased at many art fairsand galleries and has published five art books with her drawings. Prada’s accessibility and her closeness to gay pop culture as a visual artist makes prominent members of the fashion and cultural elite proud to collect her work.

@silviaprada

Martín Sorrondeguy is a visual artist, photographer, and musician. Sorrondeguy has published three photography books and has exhibited in numerous countries. The core of Sorrondeguy’s work is about addressing inequities through the creation of physical and artistic space—first as the singer for the internationally renowned politically charged punk en Español hardcore band Los Crudos. For the last 20 years Sorrondeguy has been the singer for the beloved hardcore radically and openly queer punk band, Limp Wrist. He continues to work on various projects, both as a musician, and visual artist.

@martincrudo

The art podcast, "Talk Art", was developed in 2018 as a passion project by award-winning actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament and has grown into a highly successful show listened to by millions of fans around the world. Tovey has been a passionate collector for over a decade, starting his collection with a print by the much-loved artist Tracey Emin. It was at a dinner in 2008 honouring Ms. Emin that the pair met and have been ‘art geek’ friends ever since. Diament has a master’s in art history and is currently the director of Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate, Kent, where he has worked for over a decade. He also used to be the front man of a successful English electronic rock band called Temposhark.

@talkart

ENTER THE CONTEST

The Entry deadline has now passed – no more entries will be accepted for the 2020 Competition