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12th Annual POP Exhibition

Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited


Entry deadline: January 1, 2018


Whether you love traditional forms or are an unrepentant rule-breaker, the 2018 POP (Professional Outreach Program) annual exhibition, Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited offers intriguing possibilities.

Now in their twelfth year, the POP shows began as invitational exhibitions with an emphasis on showing work by international professionals as well as by emerging and established artists. The shows were opened to a limited number of submitted entries several years ago.

Out of the Woods will premiere at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, then travel to the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon, where the works are sold in an online/live auction. Funds raised support POP programs, including the Instant Gallery awards, fellowships, panel discussions, Artist Showcase, and other professional development initiatives.

The rules are simple:

  1. The piece you create must fit into an imaginary 6” x 6” x 6” box (cms) as displayed. (As displayed means that if it is a nested set, for example, and you want it displayed so people can see all of the boxes, they must fit into a 6” x 6” footprint.) There is no lower size limit.
  2.  The piece must relate to the theme (a short, 100 word maximum) theme statement is required.
  3. All pieces are sold at auction.
  • You will be able to include up to three images of each piece you submit. The first image is required, the others are optional, but recommended.
  • Images should be at least 2800 pixels on the longest side, and less than 4MB in file size.  
  • If you aren't familiar with resizing your images, here is a step-by-step guide. 
  • The main image should be an overall shot, the remaining two images can include details or alternative views. The work is juried through photographs, so it is important that your images are clear, properly exposed, and in focus. A plain background is recommended.

Each artist receives at least two complimentary copies of the professionally-photographed, full-color catalog.

The entry fee is $25 for up to three submissions. If you are a full-time student in an art, manufacturing, woodworking or other 3D-related program, your entry fee will be waived.

Accepted artists may retain up to 50% of their auction price, and may set reserves.

The entry period is November 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018, and all who enter will receive notification by January 15th. Work will be selected based on craftsmanship, originality, and relationship to the theme.

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