AAW Calls for Entry



Call for Videographers and Streaming Technicians for the 2024 AAW International Woodturning Symposium 

The AAW seeks volunteer videographers and streaming technicians for its next International Woodturning Symposium in Portland, Oregon, May 23-26, 2024. We are looking for videographers with experience with video camera equipment, who possess some technical competence and can make decisions regarding how best to capture what is being turned (camera position, shooting angle, etc.).

Streaming technicians should have experience helping AAW chapters with streaming content, such as demos and hybrid meetings. We need volunteers who can switch between cameras and manage streaming hardware. Those accepted as videographers and/or technicians will be expected to help set up or tear down and cover six rotations at the Portland Symposium in order to receive a complimentary registration.

Applications will be accepted December 15, 2023, through March 31, 2024. Those selected will be notified in April 2024. 




2024 AAW Member Show "Common Roots"

Applications dates: January 1 to March 15, 2024

The theme for the 2024 AAW member show is Common Roots. Each year, our goal is to host a Symposium exhibition that showcases and celebrates the full scope of excellent work being created by our members, from impeccably-crafted ‘round and brown’ to innovative sculptures that push the boundaries.

As always, artists are encouraged to interpret the theme for themselves, but here are a few jumping off points for getting the creative wheels spinning: “common roots” could refer to our shared connections through craft, culture, heritage, foods, our role in the ecosystem, human community, or roots as symbols of strength or as an actual material.

Work will be selected through a blind jurying process. The entry fee is $25 for up to three entries. There are two cash prizes for this exhibition: the $300 Masters’ Choice, selected by the jurors or their representatives, and the $200 People’s Choice, selected by attendees at the AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon, May 23-26, 2024.




2024 AAW POP Show and Auction "Balance"

Applications Dates: December 1, 2023 to January 15, 2024

The Professional Outreach Program (POP) is pleased to announce that the theme for its 18th annual exhibition and auction is "Balance." Each year, the POP shows have featured an exciting mix of excellent work created by a roster of national and international established, mid-career, and emerging artists.  POP themes are chosen to provide a dynamic springboard for creative ideas and a showcase for extraordinary small-scale work. Psychology has shown that limits spur creative thinking, and the size restriction (piece must fit in a 6"/15cm cube) provides a second creative constraint that we hope will spark your imagination and ingenuity. Balance is central to almost every aspect of our existence, and as theme balance offers myriad possibilities. Balance could refer to physical, emotional, or environmental balance; balance as harmony in composition or in materials. Or to work/life balance, bank balance, balance of powers, to name just a few starting points.

The application fee is $25 for up to three entries. All work will be part of the  2024 POP Auction at the AAW Symposium. Artists may set reserves, and retain up to 50% of the auction price. 




"Rhythm" Wharton Esherick Annual Juried Show Open Call

Application deadline January 5, 2023 | Entry fee $30 | Show dates June 13 to September 8, 2024

For the Wharton Esherick Museum’s 30th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition, we invite you to think about the rhythms that shape your creative practice. How do the rhythms of life – whether the daily movements, from waking to sleep, or the larger rhythms of shifting seasons or other cycles – show up in your work? What visual or material rhythms speak loudest through the works you create? We encourage applicants to think about this idea broadly, and hope you’ll submit entries across the spectrum of approaches to this theme, from literal to interpretive. We look forward to seeing it all.

Often defined as a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound, rhythm is a significant theme in Wharton Esherick’s life and career in numerous guises. A tour through WEM is an exercise in spotting rhythms as strong patterns and movement are captured in the sculptures, prints, furniture, and buildings he created.