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Step Up to the Plate: Second Inning | Annual AAW Member Exhibition Call for Entry
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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 "step up to the plate" doesn't limit you to the playing field: the saying has many meanings, is open to creative interpretations of all kinds.

 Export to Your Calendar 1/1/2020 to 3/15/2020
When: January 1 to March 15, 2020
12:01 AM
Where: United States
Contact: Tib Shaw

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Step up to the Plate was the theme for the 2006 AAW member exhibit. Sometimes a theme is so good, we just need to see a replay. Work can be baseball-themed, but 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..to step up to the plate. The phrase also could be a jumping-off point for a narrative work about a personal or societal challenge, or an opportunity to try some fabulous plate-embellishing techniques. 
  • Open to any AAW member and to full-time students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs, regardless of membership status.
  • Collaborations are welcome.
  • All types of turnings are welcome: sculptural, functional, segmented, ornamental, green-turned, traditional, etc.
  • Entry fee is $25 for up to three submissions. The application fee is waived for full-time students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs. Accepted works that differ from the submitted images may be refused at AAW’s discretion.
  • A theme statement of up to 100 words is required. Describe how you came to make the work you are submitting and how it fits your interpretation of the theme.
  • You are free to use any media, but the work must be created at least partially on the lathe. Apply online at 
  • Application period: January 1–March 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • All artists will be notified by March 31, 2020.

Questions? Check the Calls for Entry page, or contact Tib Shaw, email; or Andy Cole, email.



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