2022 AAW Symposium

Chattanooga, Tennessee

June 23 to June 26, 2022


Call for Entries: Artist Showcase

Application period: August 15, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021

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 to make significant contributions to the field. The two selected artists give two demonstrations each, and participate in a panel discussion of their work led by David Ellsworth. Artists receive a complimentary Symposium registration; a featured display in the Special Exhibitions area; demonstration and panel compensation; three days of lodging at the AAW host hotel, and up to $300 in travel expenses. Past Artist Showcase awardees have included Roberto Ferrer, Laurent Niclot, Helga Winter, Sally Burnett, Kristin LeVier, Jim Sannerud, Keith Holt, and others.

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Call for Demonstrators: 2022 AAW Symposium

Application period: May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021

We are excited to be meeting once again in person in Chattanooga! If you are interested in being a 2022 demonstrator, here is your opportunity! Please review the application form completely before filling it out. You may submit one to three demonstration topic proposals. Be sure to fill out each proposal you are making completely--incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you are interested in potential Interactive Remote Demonstration opportunities, please check that question on the form and provide a link to a representative demonstration you have given. The deadline for filling out this application is 11:59 PM EDT on August 1, 2021. You may edit your application using the "edit" link in the confirmation email until the deadline.

The timeline to notify applicants has been extended to the end of November. Thank you for all your hard work and preparation. We recognize that the application process is extensive, and your efforts are greatly appreciated and necessary to keep the demonstrator selection and overall Symposium programming at the highest level that you can find in woodturning. If you have questions about the application process or demonstrating, please contact KC Kendall at [email protected]. If you are having problems with the form, please email Tib Shaw, [email protected].

Application period has closed.

Bridging the Gap: the Craft and Art of Turning, 2022 AAW Member Exhibition

Application period: January 1 to March 15, 2022

The theme for the 2022 Symposium AAW member show is Bridging the Gap: The Craft and Art of Turning. The themes for the annual member show traditionally draw from the host city or state, and Chattanooga is a city of many bridges. The year’s theme also refers to the continuum of work being created by our members, from primarily functional to completely sculptural, and all points in between.As always, the theme is open to many interpretations, whether your motivation is metaphor, material, techniques, or just the pleasure of turning! There are two cash prizes for this exhibition: $300 Masters Choice, selected by the jurors, and $200 People’s Choice, selected by AAW 2022 Symposium attendees. This year’s theme opens the door to creating an exhibition that showcases the full scope of excellent work being created by woodturners, and we hope you will apply! The show is open to any current AAW member and to fulltime students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs, regardless of AAW membership status.

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The Space Between: 2022 POP Exhibition and Auction

Application Period: December 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022

The Professional Outreach Program (POP) is pleased to announce its 2022 exhibition and auction theme, The Space Between. As POP brainstormed ideas for the 2022 show, the theme of “negative space” was a popular one. At its most basic, negative space is the space between, within and surrounding an object in an image. Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes obvious, sometimes playful, like the classic image of the vase and faces. The Space Between suggests negative space, but also allows for a wide range of interpretations. The Space Between offers room for interpretations of personal relationships, social distancing, politics, generational differences, the passage of time, juxtapositions of form and color, or a striking silhouette, just to start. As always the POP exhibition is small scale, with a 6” x 6” x 6” size limit. The juried portion of the show is open to any AAW member and to full-time students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs, regardless of membership status.

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