Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, and One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, today announced the ten finalists for “Reclaiming My Pride,” a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace, culminating during Pride Week in New York City.
The works and artists selected represent an impressive range in medium, subject matter and demographics, with artists from Brooklyn to San Diego, ages 20 – 57, selected from more than 100 entries judged by notables from the worlds of art, entertainment and LGBTQ advocacy.
The ten works will be showcased at a public exhibition, titled “Reclaiming My Pride,” held at Aspire at One World Observatory during Pride Week, from June 21 -24, One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street; Hours: 9 am – 9 pm. Cost is $2 in addition to the Standard or Priority Reserved admission fees. $1 from every ticket sold to the exhibition will be donated to The Ali Forney Center.
One Grand Prize winner will receive hotel and air travel for two to the private opening event on June 20th, along with two VIP tickets to opening night, and a cash prize of $1,000. The Grand Prize honoree will be announced at a pre-opening event at One World Observatory on June 20, sponsored by Red Bull.
“Pride Week is a celebration of the vibrancy, strength and joy of the LGBTQ community and all who support it,”
said Paul Hagen, Editor-In-Chief of Metrosource.
“These works present an impassioned portrait of the social and emotional issues the LGTBQ community faces in 2018, the struggle for acceptance in society and of self. Each of these pieces are poignant and provocative, while others showcase the pure joy of self-acceptance and the LGBTQ lifestyle that Pride Week represents.”
Hagen continued: “We are very pleased that One World Observatory partnered with us to showcase the talents of exceptional and diverse artists, LGBTQ and otherwise, whose work is imbued with and furthers our community’s spirit of creativity and inclusion.”
Images, biographies and creative statements from the 10 finalists can be found at Metrosource.com/reclaimingmypride
Luis Martin, Brooklyn, NY, 45, “The Art Engineer”;
James Falciano, Brooklyn, NY, 28, “A Celebration of Queer Expression”;
David Jester, San Diego, CA, 57, “Home”;
Tom Cullis, Newport Beach, CA, 54, “Abandoned”;
Paul Anagnostopoulus, Merrick, NY, 27 “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”;
Logan Benedict, Middletown, DE, 20, “Rotted Ribcage”;
Bridgette Victoria Cruz, Queens, NY, 26, “Para Mi Gente”;
Charles Caldwell, Rahway, NJ, 53, “Speak Up and Reclaim Your Pride”
Abby Taylor, Brooklyn, NY, 24, “in/visibility.”
“We are honored to be partnering with Metrosource for this spectacular exhibition at Aspire at One World Observatory that will feature the works of talented artists, showcasing the LGBTQ’s community, creativity and commitment to charity,” said Keith Douglas, Managing Director of One World Observatory. “Every day we host thousands of visitors from around the world and we strive to make our guests feel welcome in New York. NYC Pride Week is cornerstone in this city’s great culture of unity and we are proud to shine a light on that spirit in the LGBTQ community.”
The competition was open to all artists in the 50 states whose work reflects the spirit of community and acceptance represented by LGBTQ pride, which was ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a cornerstone event in the movement towards equality. Entries were judged by a panel of esteemed artists, curators, and notables in creative pursuits, such as film and the Broadway stage. It included contemporary painters Scooter LaForge and Elisabeth Condon, pioneering 3D video artist Ali Hossaini, mixed media artist Fawn Rogers, gallerist/curator Christopher Pusey and Scott Frankel, Tony-nominated composer of Broadway musicals including WAR PAINT and GREY GARDENS, Laval Bryant of the Brooklyn Museum, along with Davler staff.
One World Observatory is donating $1 of the proceeds from entry during the exhibition to The Ali Forney Center, a New York City-based LGBTQ charity. The artists will also have the option of making a donation from the sales of their works in support of the Center.
Metrosource will devote a feature in its August/September issue to the works and the backstories of these talented artists. Its online destination Metrosource.com and social media platforms will feature video interviews with each of the exhibited artists along with digital images of their works.
Founded in 1990, Metrosource was the first glossy publication for LGBTQ people to be free of sexually explicit advertising. Metrosource has grown to have the largest circulation of any publication designed for the LGBTQ community, in both the New York and Los Angeles markets, and the second largest circulation for any such publication nationwide. Metrosource’s National Edition provides unique coverage of arts and entertainment, can’t-miss events, gay-friendly travel and the continuing global struggle for marriage equality. It’s NYC and LA editions expand this with in-depth coverage of local events, bars, restaurants, shopping and one-of-a-kind directories for finding businesses that are excited to serve the needs of LGBTQ people. The publication was acquired by Davler Media Group in March 2017, the company behind the most viewed publications and online properties targeting NYC visitors and parents (City Guide and NYMetro Parents) to expand its domination to the $917 billion a year LGBTQ marketplace.
About One World Observatory
Positioned at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory provides guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from 1,250 feet. A thrilling journey to the top and awe-inspiring reveal of the seemingly endless view evokes feelings of pride, hope and resilience. Live interactive experiences showcase the City’s deep history and varied cultures. One World Observatory offers three dining experiences including an extraordinary sit-down restaurant featuring locally sourced menus, craft beers, specialty cocktails along with unrivaled skyline views.
Visit www.oneworldobservatory.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
About ASPIRE at One World Observatory
Located at the apex of One World Observatory, 1,250 feet above Manhattan, ASPIRE at One World Observatory is the premiere event space for all occasions. The 9,000 square foot space, encased by floor to ceiling windows with a 360 degree view of New York City and the surrounding area, is a fully customizable setting that can be converted into any aesthetic. With stunning panoramic skyline views, the space offers an unparalleled viewing location for some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge and beyond. From corporate events, weddings, holiday parties, galas, product launches and film shoots, the space is equipped for any function and need.
To learn more and plan your event at ASPIRE at One World Observatory, please visit www.aspirenewyork.com.