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Equality Forum 2009 features iconic Hollywood art of Richard Amsel

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10th Annual Art Exhibit Features Richard Amsel Retrospective

Equality Forum 2009 features preeminent Hollywood illustrator

Amsel1 PHILADELPHIA— Equality Forum 2009 will showcase the first-ever Richard Amsel Retrospective Exhibition, featuring artwork by one of Hollywood’s most highly-acclaimed  illustrators. The exhibition runs at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts April 15 – May 14, 2009. Equality Forum 2009, the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum, will be held April 27 to May 3 in Philadelphia.

The exhibit, which includes over 50 pieces, is the first major exhibition of Amsel’s work since his death in 1985. The Richard Amsel Retrospective features sketches and illustrations for major Hollywood movies including “Raiders of the Lost Arc,” “Hello Dolly!” and “The Sting,” illustrations for Bette Midler’s album covers including “The Divine Miss M,” and some of his TV Guide covers including portraits of Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Katherine Hepburn.

Amsel2Amsel, a native of Philadelphia, began his career when he won a national competition at art schools to create a poster design for the movie “Hello Dolly!” He was a student at Philadelphia College of Art and Design (now The University of the Arts). Later in his career, Amsel won a Grammy Award and the Key Arts Award from the Hollywood Reporter.

The 10th annual art exhibit at Equality Forum 2009 is the longest running annual exhibit of gay and lesbian artists.

“The first-ever Richard Amsel retrospective is the icing on the cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our annual exhibit of gay and lesbian artists,” said Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin. “Richard Amsel was Hollywood’s top illustrator and a legendary artist.”

The 10th annual Art Exhibit, a collaboration between Equality Forum and The University of the Arts, will be held at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, 333 South Broad Street. A curator-led tour conducted by Mark Tocchet, Chair of the Illustration Department, The University of the Arts, and Sid Sachs, Director of the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, will be held at the gallery on Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m.

Amsel3 Equality Forum 2009 has no registration fee and all substantive programs including the 10th annual Art Exhibit are free.

Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international GLBT civil rights forum.  www.equalityforum.com

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