Ryan McGinness Creates Artwork for National Coming Out Day

An activist named Sean Strub convinced Keith Haring to donate his now-famous image of a person dancing out of a closet for National Coming Out Day, which takes place annually on October 11. This year marks the 25th anniversary of that image, and the Human Rights Campaign is celebrating with a colorful new commission: the organization invited New York-based artist Ryan McGinness to create new artwork symbolizing National Coming Out Day.

“I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of Keith Haring,” says McGinness. “I developed three final images and invite you to vote for the one you like the best.” Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, and the design with the most votes will be released as a t-shirt on Friday.

It’s a big week for the artist, whose “Finding Infinity” exhibition opens Wednesday at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, where he has also created a new work for the city’s Mural Arts Program. Not headed to Philly anytime soon? Pick up a copy of Sketchbook Selections (Ginkgo Press), a collection of pages out of McGinness’s sketchbooks from the past decade.