Tue, Sep 20|
The Academy SF
"The Leathermen Project" by Mike Ruiz—World Premiere Photography Exhibit
Don't miss the world premiere of photographer Mike Ruiz's newest collection, "The Leathermen Project." Known for his work with celebrities from RuPaul to Beyoncé (and many more), Mike's latest work is "a time capsule that will keep the leather community’s rich history alive for future generations."
Time & Location
Sep 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Academy SF, 2166 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
About the Event
Don't miss the world premiere of photographer Mike Ruiz's newest collection, The Leathermen Project. Known for his work with celebrities from RuPaul to Beyoncé (and many more), Mike's latest work is "a time capsule that will keep the leather community’s rich history alive for future generations."
This limited-capacity indoor-outdoor event is open to all with a reserved ticket. We cannot guarantee ticket availability at the door, so please reserve in advance.
- $15 General Admission; Academy Members FREE (Members, please reserve different ticket type for yourself only)
- $50 VIP Access — Includes exclusive early access (6-7pm) to view the collection, a special meet & greet plus talk with artist Mike Ruiz, complimentary bubbles, as well as access to all other areas of The Academy SF, from 6-10pm
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The Leathermen Project is an effort to demystify a community that Mike has always been incredibly drawn to, and he hopes that this effort will shine a light on the humanity of leathermen and become a time capsule that will keep the leather community’s rich history alive for future generations.
The collection will continue on display throughout the fall for viewing by Academy Members and guests, and by appointment only. A portion of the proceeds from each sale of artwork will be donated to LYRIC, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
ABOUT MIKE RUIZ
Mike’s long list of celebrity clients include Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, Billy Porter, Neil Patrick Harris, Cardi B, Ruby Rose, Katy Perry, Prince, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Parsons, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Betty White, and the list goes on and on. He has also directed several music videos for artists such as Kelly Rowland, Vanessa Williams, Erika Jayne and RuPaul, and made his feature film directorial debut with the uproarious comedy “StarrBooty” starring RuPaul.
Mike has also appeared frequently on America’s and Canada’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with dozens of other television appearances as an expert in his field. Mike was recently named creative director and principal photographer for L’Officiel Fashion Book Australia, L’Officiel Fashion Book Monte Carlo and PhotoBook Magazine.
Mike is most proud of his community service, having supported such organizations as The Ali Forney Center, GMHC, The Trevor Project, Housing Works, It Gets Better Campaign, Live Out Loud, Project Angel Food, and GLAAD. He is also on the honorary board of the "Let There Be Hope" research foundation.
More information about Mike Ruiz can be found at WWW.MIKERUIZ.COM
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and food items are available for purchase. Our menus can be found here.
CLUB INFORMATION (FOR MEMBERS)
The Club will be open only for ticket-holding attendees of this special event.
The Academy is a safe space for all—in particular members of our LGBTQ+ community. We encourage you to learn more about our safe space principles & policies by clicking here.
This event will take place in accordance with all currently applicable health guidelines per the City of San Francisco and SFDPH. Our full safety information can be found here. Please contact us if you have any questions.
General Admission - Non Member
+$0.38 service fee
Includes general admission access to view the collection by Mike Ruiz, as well as access to all other areas of The Academy SF, from 7-10pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
+$0.38 service fee0
+$1.25 service fee
For Members & Non-Members. Includes exclusive early access (6-7pm) to view the collection, a special meet & greet plus talk with artist Mike Ruiz, complimentary bubbles, as well as access to all other areas of The Academy SF, from 6-10pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
+$1.25 service fee0
Academy Member Only
To reserve this ticket type for yourself, you must be an active member of The Academy's Social Club. Otherwise, please reserve a different ticket type, including for any guests. Questions? email email@example.com.