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“The sole justification for our existence as artists, superfluous and egotistical as we are, is to confront people with the image of their destiny.” — Max Beckmann

“Fidem Fati Virtue Sequemur”
With courage follow the promise of Destiny!

September 20 – November 2, 2003
Special Gallery Hours:
Thurs – Sun, Noon–6 PM
or by appointment

Opening: Saturday Sept. 20, 4 – 6 PM, $10 adm.

“Reason, honor and the limitless bounds of our own imaginations compels us now to do what others can only admire! Unhindered by the mortal flesh, the mind can visit realms which the body cannot. In that we are like Gods. That is our own “brave destiny,” the destiny of art of the imagination! Let us then create a show of this art, the like of which has never been seen before!” — Terrance Lindall on behalf of the Society for Art of the Imagination, June 2002

THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHOW of living artists working today in Surrealism, Surreal/Conceptual, Visionary, Fantastic, Symbolism, Magic Realism, the Vienna School, Neuve Invention, Outsider, Naive, the Macabre, Grotesque and Singulier Art, including: Professor Ernst Fuchs, founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism in the 1940s; H.R. Giger, one of the world’s foremost artists of Fantastic Realism and Academy Award winner for the designs of the title character and its otherworldly environment in the film “Alien;” and many other renowned artists. $5,000 in cash prizes for art guaranteed, plus thousands of dollars in purchase awards.

Many incredible performances and events, including:

Sunday Oct. 26, 5 PM

Friday October 3, Saturday October 4

“The Marriage at the Statue of Liberty”
by Peter Dizozza (after Jean Cocteau)
Oct. 10-11, 17-18

Oct. 12, 8 PM

Featured artists and performers:

DISNEY NASA BORG “empassioned to assimilate the techniques, ways of working, and aesthetics of new media and bring these inspirations back into the realm of the physical”

PETER DIZOZZA, Surrealist dramatist, Director of the Royal WAH Theatre, and founding member of Cinema VII Productions presents scenes from his shows “Prepare to Meet Your Maker,” “The Last Dodo,” “The Eleventh Hour” and “The Golf Wars” and introduces a mad new musical comedy “Winning the Futurity!”

MADAME DOLLHAUS Currently Madame is working on five paintings which will be based on great Queens of England, fetishistically adapted and mutilated in great portraiture form.

ERNST FUCHS, Founder of the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism in the 1940s

H.R. GIGER, One of the world’s foremost artists of Fantastic Realism, and the Academy Award winner for the designs of the title character and its otherworldly environment in the film “Alien”

TERRANCE LINDALL, Surreal/visionary artist, writer, philosopher, art critic, and President of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center

BRIGID MARLIN, Chairperson of the Society for Art of the Imagination and renowned practitioner and teacher of the Mische Technique

DAMIAN MICHAELS, Visionary artist and publisher of “Artvisionary Magazine”

YUKO NII, Surreal landscapist and Founder & Artistic Director of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center

EMPIRE S.N.A.F.U. RESTORATION PROJECT: Who was S.N.A.F.U.? How will the Empire be rebirthed? Find out in the extensive catacombs beneath the WAH Center

GEORGE TOOKER, One of America’s greatest living surrealists

ROBERT VENOSA, One of America’s greatest living surrealists

His instantaneously recognized works feature the oddest creatures popping up in the oddest places. He was part of a group along with Keith Herring who rose to prominence in the 1980s.

SALVADOR DALI, art loaned courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Craig Morrison

And many other internationally renowned stars

Sponsored by the Society for Art of the Imagination. Made possible in part by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Independence Community Foundation and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

Saturday, September 20th
after the Opening Reception:


8 P.M. – Midnight

Photos of the Ball are now available from Joel Simpson Photography

Le Viconte de St. Ouen will open the Brave Destiny exhibit at the ceremony, with Ernst Fuchs honored guest and Brave Leader of the movement. Many world famous artists. Fantastic happenings! Prize for best costume. Winners of cash awards announced. Lifetime achievement honors announced, and more. Great food from the finest restaurants in Williamsburg, a culinary feast at the WAH Center, the institution that Let’s Go Travel Magazine called the “epicenter of the Williamsburg artists Mecca!”


Cash Prizes:

Choix des Juges:
Jan Machalek
Gail Potocki
Carol Quint
Ingo Swann

Prix d’excellence – Premier Cru:
Gerardo Alfonso
Eike Eirzomeit
Terrance Lindall
Nicole Pilar

Prix d’excellence:
Antanas Adomaitas
Alejandro Guzman
Laurie Lee Junge
Kiniko Kraft
Michael Krinski
Travis A. Louie
Tristan Schane
Evelyn Taylor
Madeline von Foerster

Outstanding contribution to Imaginative Art:
Cynthia Re Robbins
Olga Spiegel

Achievement in Surealist/Visonary/Fantasic Art:
Emma Loise (Madam Dollhaus)
Dana Parlier
James Saunders
Kevin Gillespie

Awards of merit
Orin Buck
Chad Beatty
Hawk Alfredson
Humberto Aquino
Gerard Barbot
Linda Chido
Jeff Daiss
Christina Dallas
John John Jesse
Theo Kamecke
Kris Kuksi
Olga Spiegle
Gary Spradling
Ling Zhang

The Brave Destiny show continues citywide

The concurrent traveling exhibit

Sponsors and Other Affiliated Organizations:

Prize Sponsors

Michael Fuchs
Michael Fuchs
Sheryl Humphrey
Birth Machine Baby
H.R. Giger