AAW 2024 Member Show "Common Roots"

Applications dates: January 1 to March 15, 2024

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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.

AAW 2024 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. 

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