Instant Gallery, Exhibitions & Auctions

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. Woodturners of all skill levels will be represented. Many of the works are for sale. Symposium attendees are invited to make, bring along, and display up to three pieces of turned work in the Instant Gallery.

Intimate Critique

The intimate critique is an opportunity for symposium attendees to have their work critiqued by some of the most knowledgeable and respected woodturners, woodworkers, and curators in the field. Preregistration is required.

  • Reviewing critics: To be announced.



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

Admission is free.

  • Exhibitions Opening: Thursday, June 4, 5:30p- 6:45p
  • Friday, June 5, 8:30a - 6:00p
  • Saturday, June 6, 8:30a - 6:00p
  • Sunday, June 7, 8:30a - 2:15p


Nature/Nurture: 2020 POP Exhibition and Auction

As always, the theme is meant to be a starting point for inspiration, and this year is no excep-tion: Is who we are and how we see things a matter of nature or nurture, or both? As turners, we usually are working with a natural medium: wood. Do you see evidence of nature’s nurturing in the material? How does craft nurture us? Do we nurture nature? Nature/Nurture is a theme that invites us to consider our relationship with making, or to explore the roles of nature and nurture in our lives, our families, the forest, and the world around us. Or, you may have another take on the theme entirely.


Step up to the Plate—Second Inning: AAW’s 2020 Themed Member Exhibition

With the 2020 AAW Symposium taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, there were two routes to go for a theme: horses or baseball. Baseball and woodturning go way back and are closely linked, so the theme for 2020 will be baseball related, but don’t feel constrained. Along with being America’s pastime, baseball also contributed many expressions to our language, including “Step up to the plate,” which has been defined as a willingness to take responsibility for something, to rise to the occasion, to accept a challenge. For many of us, finding the best in each piece of wood, each new project, is a chance to rise to a challenge. The phrase also could be a jumping-off point for a narrative work about a personal or societal challenge.Step up to the Plate was also the theme for the 2006 AAW member exhibit. Sometimes a theme is so good, we just need to see a replay.


The AAW’s live benefit auctions will also be online! Regardless of where you are located, now you have a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from the comfort of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Benefit auction proceeds help support the AAW’s grant, outreach, and educational programs.

Admission is free.

Friday, June 5

  • 6:00p - 7:00p Social Time (Ballroom)
  • 7:00p - 8:30p AAW Benefit Auction (Ballroom)

Saturday, June 6

  • 1:30p - 3:00p Professional Outreach Program (POP) Auction (Exhibit Hall)


Preview auction work, register to bid, and bid!



AAW Live Benefit Auction

Join in the excitement of live bidding on museum-quality work. Funds raised will be used to effectively develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide.

  • Friday, June 5, 7:00p - 8:30p AAW Benefit Auction (Ballroom)



POP Live Benefit Auction

The works of established and emerging artists will be auctioned to benefit the Professional Outreach Program (POP) which fosters and promotes high standards of professionalism in the field of woodturning through a broad range of initiatives.

  • Saturday, June 6, 1:30p - 3:00p Professional Outreach Prorgam (POP) Auction (Exhibit Hall)



AAW Silent Benefit Auction

Participate in the slower pace of silent bidding on a variety of woodturned works and other items. Funds raised will be used by the AAW to continue to develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide.

  • Items will be on display in the Exhibit Hall through Saturday afternoon. Bidding closes on Saturday, June 6, at 8:15p following the Awards Ceremony (Ballroom).


Preview auction work, register to bid, and bid!



Shipping services will be available in the Trade Show.