Open to any AAW member ... hobbyist to professional.
The Professional Outreach Program ... promoting a greater understanding of professionalism within the field of contemporary woodturning ... operating under the auspices of the AAW Board of Directors ... publicizing its activities and achievements in the American Woodturner journal and at AAW symposiums.
- Encourage and assist members of the woodturning community in the development of their professional skills.
- Help advance and promote the woodturning field as a legitimate medium of art.
- Generate ideas, concepts, and programs on subjects of a professional nature to benefit the woodturning community.
- Organize exhibits.
- Conduct a variety of panel discussions of relevant topics on professionalism at AAW symposiums.
- Recognize individuals who have demonstrated high standards of professionalism throughout their careers.
Who Should Register for POP Resources
Any AAW member who is interested in being informed about the various programs and resources the POP offers. You do not have to be a professional woodturner to benefit from these resources. All AAW members are welcome.
POP Communications with the AAW Membership
- The POP puts out an eNewsletter every other month for members of the AAW who have registered to receive this resource. Archived copies of the POP eNewsletter may be found to the left on this page.
- The POP dedicates at least one page in most issues of the American Woodturner journal as a means of communicating POP activities to the AAW membership.
- The POP maintains a page on the AAW website as a means of communicating POP activities to the AAW membership.
POP exhibit auctions and/or sales held at the AAW symposium each year provide funding for all POP programs.
POP Presentations at the Annual Symposium
The POP presents an average of eleven (11) rotations each year at the AAW's annual symposiums through what is called the "POP Forum." These rotations can be presented in many forms, including panel discussions, slide presentations, lectures, even an open forum where the subjects discussed are introduced by the audience participants. No machines, methods, or techniques are involved.
The POP gives biennial Fellowship Grants of various amounts to individuals who apply for projects to encourage creative growth, research, or provide inspiration for new directions in turned wood art. These awards are given on odd-numbered years. More.
The POP gives biennial Merit Awards to individuals selected by the Committee who have shown exceptional development in their careers as artists and whose artworks have directly influenced or had a significant impact on other artists within the field of woodturning as a whole. This award is distinct from the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the AAW, inasmuch as it focuses on artistic excellence rather than on contributions to the AAW, per se. These awards are given on even-numbered years.
The POP Committee selects two or more artists for "Artist Showcase" recognition at the International Symposiums. They are (a) experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition or (b) emerging artists who have the potential for making significant contributions to the field.
- The POP produces a "theme" exhibit at every annual conference that is presented in a separate room and in a gallery setting with proper pedestals and lighting. A color catalog is produced for each exhibit and offered for sale at the exhibit. Artists participating in this exhibit are selected by the members of the POP Committee and by recommendation from any other resources available. The pieces within this exhibit are offered for purchase, the proceeds of which provide the funding for all POP programs.
- 2010 POP sponsored "Teapot" exhibit gallery
- 2009 POP sponsored "Spindles" exhibit gallery
Instant Gallery Excellence Awards
- The POP sponsors IGE (Instant Gallery Excellence) Awards given to selected participants of the instant gallery at the annual symposium.
- The 2010 IGE award winners.
The POP maintains a comprehensive database and email program. In addition to providing communication with our professional members, this database generates an important resource, the Professional Directories. These online directories can be searched by zip code, name, state, etc.
- Professional Turners Directory. Helps customers, collectors, and galleries find a woodturner based on types of turning and sales venues.
- Demonstrator Directory helps AAW chapters to locate qualified individuals for demonstrations for chapter meetings and for regional symposiums.
- Teacher Directory helps both the teachers and prospective students by sharing information that will further the education of woodturning.
- Writer/Scholar Directory. Allows writers and scholars to describe their articles, books or research.
- Directory of Collectors. Allows galleries and individual turners to see the various interests of the collectors.
- Gallery Directory assists collectors and turners in finding galleries that specialize in turned art
The POP continues to evolve, refine, and expand upon the programs that it offers and is a very dynamic, everchanging entity of the AAW. If you have any questions, please contact the Chairman of the POP Committee.