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October 18, 2002

George Towne wears many hats. He was an SVA student (BFA Illustration, 1990 and MFA Illustration as Visual Essay, 1997) and now works for SVA as a graduate admissions counselor. On November 10 he will celebrate his tenth year as an SVA employee. When not pulling his weight for SVA, he’s practicing and exhibiting his art as a painter and printmaker. His work can be seen in the first annual Billy Heekin Memorial Exhibition, October 26 – December 7 at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center (LGBT) at 208 West 13 Street. Towne’s work consists of portraits of expressionless gay in non-glamorous full-frontal poses. The bulk of the portraits are friends of Towne’s–people he loves and respects. A pivotal piece included in the exhibition is a portrait of activist and artist Billy Heekin who lost his life to AIDS. There will be reception on October 26, from 6 – 8pm at the center. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the center. The exhibition is funded by a grant from the Stonewall Community Foundation.

Image: Steve, 2001; Artist: George Towne

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