PRESS RELEASE: Awards to recognize exceptional student woodturning talent on July 24
Thursday, July 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(SAINT PAUL, Minn. – July 16) Turning to the Future will recognize six talented students for their remarkable woodturning work at the student awards ceremony on Friday, July 24, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., at the AWFS®Fair, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Turning to the Future is a competition and juried exhibit which promotes opportunities in woodturning and showcases student woodturning talent. North American high school and post-secondary students in accredited art, design, woodworking, and trade programs were eligible to compete. For 2015, 43 entries from 29 students in 12 schools across the U.S. and Canada were received. The submissions were equally divided between high school and post-secondary students.
The following esteemed experts will serve as Turning for the Future’s panel of judges: Christian Brisepierre, professional turner and president, Woodworker’s Emporium; Jimmy Clewes, professional turner and woodturning instructor; Linda Ferber, program director, American Association of Woodturners; Beth Ireland, professional woodturner, artist, and educator; and, Tib Shaw, curator, American Association of Woodturners.
Finalista have been selected and three awards will be presented at each the high school level and post-secondary level. The first place winner at each level receives $500 and a Rikon 70-220 VSR Mini-lathe; second place receives $100; and third place receives $50. Each winner also receives an AAW symposium scholarship and will have their work featured in the American Woodturner journal, the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. See finalist’s work at http://tiny.cc/AWFSAAWTurningComp.
The work of all finalists will be on display at the AWFS®Fair from July 22 to 25. The student exhibit will feature functional, sculptural, and decorative work representing all aspects of woodturning with the exception of furniture making, as well as a variety of techniques, including traditional, multi-axis, segmented, and rose engine/ornamental turning.
The Turning to the Future competition was developed by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, and AWFS®, the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry.
ABOUT THE AAW
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by offering opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, artists, hobbyists, gallery owners, collectors, and others. The AAW possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit woodturner.org.
The full-scale international AWFS®Fair, scheduled for Wednesday - Saturday, July 22-25, 2015 in Las Vegas, has become a critical hub for international commerce in the woodworking industry. The AWFS®Fair brings together the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, plastics, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers. For more information on the AWFS®Fair, please visit AWFSFair.org.
Woodturning is a unique form of woodworking that dates back to ancient Egypt. Woodturning is done on a lathe, a machine that holds and spins wood securely while it is shaped with sharp carving tools. Historically, woodturning has been used to create functional objects like chair legs, candlesticks, and bowls. Today, latheturned work is also understood as an art form and vehicle for individual enrichment, creativity, and selfexpression. It can be found in galleries and museums around the world. Pieces may be functional, ornamental, or even sculptural. With a modest learning curve, woodturning engages people from age 8 to 108, and the skills acquired last a lifetime.