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AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) Artist Showcase Opportunity

Each year the Professional Outreach Program (POP) showcases two wood artists at the AAW’s Annual International Symposium. They are either experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition or emerging artists who have the potential for making significant contributions to the field. The two selected artists each give two demonstrations and receive free Symposium registration plus a small honorarium. Their work is displayed prominently in the Instant Gallery. The 2016 artists were Helga Winter and Jérôme Blanc. Artist applications are invited for the 2017 AAW symposium in Kansas City, Missouri. Applications will be juried by the POP committee. The deadline is December 1, 2016. Learn more.


Videographers - AAW 2017 Annual International Symposium

The AAW seeks videographers for its 31th Annual International Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri,  June 22-25, 2017. Applicants should have experience with video camera equipment, possess technical competence, and be able to make decisions regarding lighting, shooting angle, placement of microphone, etc. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017. Videographers selected for six rotations and to assist with set-up or tear-down will receive a free symposium registration. Selected videographers will be notified in February 2017. Click here to apply.



AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) 2017 Juried Exhibition:  The Sphere – Second Round

Invitational exhibition of small scale works. Application period: November 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Enter images of up to three pieces for consideration. The upper size limit is 6” x 6” x 6” (20.3 cm). There is no lower size limit. A statement relating the work to the theme is required. Application Fee: $30. More information.



AAW's 2017 Juried Member Exhibition, Waves of Grain

Work must be created at least in part on the lathe. All AAW members are eligible and encouraged to apply. Entries will be accepted online from November 1, 2016 through February 1, 2017. Two artist awards will be given during the 2017 AAW International Symposium: a Masters’ Choice Award of $300 and a People’s Choice Award of $200. Entry Fee: $30 for up to three submissions. More information.



AAW's 3rd Annual Turning to the Future Competition

The AAW is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Turning to the Future competition, an opportunity for woodturning students and schools to show off what they can do. The competition is intended to encourage and support students and instructors in reaching for and attaining the highest levels of skill in the use of the lathe. The contest is open to students in North America. There are two divisions, High School and Post-Secondary, with three categories each: Functional, Small Turnings, and Open. Five finalists in each division category will be chosen to have their work displayed at the 2017 AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. Work will be evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation. There is no entry fee. Application period opens March 1, 2017. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017. More information.


Non-AAW Calls


Materials: Hard + Soft

This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to now include international artists in this exhibition. Approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by juror JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Juror Awards in amounts of $1000, $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded. Deadline for Entries: September 30, 2016. Entry fee: $40 for up to 3 entries. Show address: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201. Show dates: February 4 to May 6, 2017. More information and to apply: http://dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft, or exhibit@dentonarts.com, 940-382-2787.


Society for Contemporary Craft: LEAP Award for Exceptional Emerging Talent

The LEAP Award recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features, markets and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1000 prize, and 6 finalists. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials. Application deadline: September 30, 2016. Entry fee: $25. More information and to apply: http://contemporarycraft.org/store/leap-award/. Questions? Megan Crowell at mcrowell@contemporarycraft.org or 412-261-7003


The 2016 American Craftsman Showcase

Oneida Air Systems has created the American Craftsmen Showcase in co-sponsorship with Fine Woodworking magazine. One category is woodturning. 1st prize is an Oneida 1.5hp Mini-Gorilla Dust Collector. 2nd prize is $500. 3rd prize is a Deluxe Dust Deputy kit. Top ten picks receive an Oneida Air System T-shirt and a years subscription or a years extension to Fine Woodworking magazine. All entrys will be displayed on our website and social media. Pieces must have been made within the last 2 years. Over 18 years old and be residents of the U.S. Entry fee: None. Application period: September 1, 2016 - October 1, 2016. More information and to apply: http://www.oneida-air.com/acs, or info@oneida-air.com, or 800.732.4065.


2017 Idaho Artistry in Wood Show

Opportunity for artists working in wood and/or gourds to participate in a judged competition and display their outstanding creations to the public. Application deadline: February 20, 2017. Information and entry forms: http://mkmk.com/iaiw/downloads/Prospectus/2016-turners-prospectus.pdf. More information: Marlies Schmitt, marlies.schmitt@icloud.com, 208-466-4899, http://www.idahoartistryinwood.com/. The Idaho Artistry In Wood Show will be held February 25-26, 2017 at the Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel, 3300 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID. Admission is $4. 


CALL: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts 11th Annual Juried Exhibition

Open call to all professional artists, age 18 and up, who design and produce their own work, to show in our 11th Annual Juried Exhibition. Open to all media, this exhibition aims to curate a selection of exemplary contemporary work from artists around the country. Work must have been created within the last three years and may not have been previously shown at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. All work MUST BE FOR SALE. A catalog will be published by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts containing artists' bios and images of work(s), together with juror's bio and statement. There is a $35 application fee per submission. Submissions may include up to three artworks. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Learn more/apply.

CALL: Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition

The Fresh Wood student woodworking competition will be showcased at the 2017 AWFS®Fair, July 19-22, 2016, in Las Vegas. It is open to high school and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking or related programs. The 2017 Special Theme category topic will be “Lighting." Five other entry categories round out the Fresh Wood competition: Case Goods, Seating, Tables, Design for Production, and Open. Entries will be rated by a panel of judges that represent different aspects of the industry. The Fresh Wood competition will once again be hosted alongside the American Association of Woodturner’s Turning to the Future competition, showcasing turned student work. For more information on Turning to the Future and Fresh Wood, go to http://awfsfair.org/attendee-information/competitions/. To submit an entry to Fresh Wood, go to: http://freshwood17.artcall.org/. Questions: Adam Kessler, (585) 465-9613 ed.projects@awfs.org. Deadline for applications: May 1, 2017.


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