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The free Guidebook app for mobile devices will be available for the AAW 2016 Symposium. With the app, you'll have all the rotations, demonstrators, trade show exhibitors, floor plans, and messaging at your fingertips.The Guidebook is ready to install now and you can save time by downloading the app before the symposium.

Explore the AAW’s outstanding international exhibitions of innovative sculptural and functional works in wood.

Free and open to the public.

Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Building 2, 3rd Floor

  • Thursday, Opening Reception, 5:30p-7:30p

  • Friday, 8:40a-6:00p

  • Saturday, 7:30a-5:00p

  • Sunday, 8:00a-1:00p

Convention Center at AmericasMart -  Building 2

(where most AAW Symposium activities will be held):
  • 40 John Portman Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Entrance: John Portman Blvd and Ted Turner Dr NW

Juried Member Exhibit, Turning 30

In celebration of the AAW’s 30th anniversary, the 2016 exhibition theme is “Turning 30.” For three decades, the AAW annual member shows have encouraged turners to present their finest work, from innovative ideas and techniques to timeless forms and classic skills. The artists interpreted the theme in many ways – turning 30 as a milestone in our culture, through 30 turned objects, and by creating work reflecting the AAW’s proud tradition of sharing and learning. Jurors were Collectors of Wood Art President Judith Chernoff MD, Executive Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Bill May, and sculptor Jerry Bennett. There are two awards presented as part of this exhibition – the Masters’ Choice and the People’s Choice. Visit the exhibition to pick up and cast your People’s Choice ballot before Saturday at 2:00p.


POP Exhibition, Patterns

Each year, an international group of woodturning artists is invited to create small-scale work around a central topic. The 2016 theme, “Patterns,” offered 40 artists from ten countries a wide-open field on which to play. The pieces in the “Patterns” exhibition will be auctioned on Saturday at 3:30p - Bldg 2, 3rd fl. Sponsored by the Professional Outreach Program (POP) Committee.


Artist Showcase

The Artist Showcase, sponsored by the Professional Outreach Program (POP) Committee, selects (1) two or more experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but havenot received appropriate recognition and/or (2) emerging artists who have the potential for making significant contributions to the field. This year’s selections include Jérôme Blanc and Helga Winter.


In the Beginning

“In the Beginning” celebrates the founding of the AAW at the Visions & Concept woodturning conference held at Arrowmont in 1986. The show features archival images from the beginning days of the AAW, select pieces by founding members, a facsimile of the original handwritten membership registration ledger, and interviews with members who joined in 1986. Co-sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.


Instant Gallery

The AAW Symposium’s Instant Gallery is the largest display of turned-wood objects under one roof! The open member show features more than 1,000 art works and crafts in wood by woodturners who attending the symposium. Many of the works are for sale.


Woodturners: Save time by preregistering your work for the Instant Gallery by May 27.




The UPS Store can receive packages on your behalf. Delivery will be at the AAW Symposium Registration Kiosk after 2:30pm on Thursday, June 9. ID will be required for pick up. Prices:

  • 1-25 lbs. $20.00
  • 26-50 lbs. $25.00
  • 51-75 lbs. $35.00
  • 76-100 lbs. $50.00
  • 101-125 lbs. $100.00
  • 126- 150 lbs. $200.00

Prices includes receiving, securing, and storage for up to 3 business days prior to arrival.

Terms, conditions, shipping, and pickup instructions on back of form.


The UPS Store will be available at the AAW Symposium on the dates/times below to collect any items AAW attendees wish to ship out. Items can include those purchased at the symposium or personal items such as luggage.

  • Friday, June 10th from 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, June 11th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 12th from 11:00pm – 2:30pm

There are handling fees, in addition to any packing or shipping charges, based on the weight of the individual packages. The fee schedule is listed below:

  • 1-25 lbs. $10.00
  • 26-50 lbs. $15.00
  • 51-75 lbs. $25.00
  • 76-100 lbs. $40.00
  • 101-125 lbs. $75.00
  • 126-150 lbs. $100.00

Flyer with shipping details.


For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the UPS Store at 770-234-0444, email store3226@theupsstore.com or visit their website at www.theupsstorelocal.com/3226.





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