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Collectors Event Package

Includes Professional Panel Discussions, Artist Showcase, Intimate Critiques, Exhibitions, as well as reserved seating for Friday evening Live EOG Benefit Auction and Saturday evening Woodturning Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony, and seating for Saturday afternoon Live POP Benefit Auction. Click here to learn more and to register

Her Turn

A special offsite exhibition

Created in partnership with the Society for Contemporary Craft, Her Turn features inspirational works by twelve respected women woodturners, including both 2015 POP Artist Showcase awardees. Located in the BNY Mellon Center, one half mile from the convention center, at 500 Grant St. Learn more.




Shipping & Receiving

Receiving: You may ship boxes to UPS for the Instant Gallery, etc. After June 22nd, packages for the AAW Symposium can be sent to The UPS Store at 4885 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 and can be picked up at the Registration Desk at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25th. ID required for pick up. Click here for form/instructions.

Shipping: The UPS Store will be available in the Trade Show at Booth 123 to ship your purchases home.


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



David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Exhibition Times

  • Friday, June 26th from 9:10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


“Creativity in Construction: A Collaboration of Materials”

For the ninth annual Professional Outreach Program (POP) exhibition, forty studio artists from ten countries created small-scale works with a focus on material, either combining wood with other media or creating the illusion of multiple materials through surface manipulation. All pieces will be offered in a simultaneous live and online auction scheduled for June 27, 2015.


AAW’s annual member exhibition showcases the diversity of ideas, techniques, and approaches being developed by both our amateur and professional members. This year’s theme reflects the merging rivers that shaped our host city of Pittsburgh, as well as the merging of ideas or materials to form a new, greater whole. Two awards will be given during the 2015 AAW International Symposium: a Masters’ Choice Award of $300 and a People’s Choice Award of $200.

Buy work from the "Merging" exhibition online.

2015 POP Merit Award: Jacques Vesery

The exquisitely carved and painted trompe l’oeil work of Jacques Vesery is unmistakable, despite subject matter as disparate as baseballs and nautilus shells. The small scale and rich detail draw the viewer into a world inspired by nature, but entirely the artist’s own invention. The POP Merit Award recognizes Jacques’ contributions as a teacher, mentor, and leader in the woodturning field.


Steve Loar: Then and Now

Educator, author, and artist Steve Loar uses themes and narratives—often drawn from popular rock songs—to guide him in creating evocative, layered compositions. “Then and Now” includes early and very fresh works, all reflecting Steve’s impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship. His collaboration with cast-off components from noted artists in the field will bring an added dimension to the informed woodworker.


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. Many of the works are for sale.


Instant Gallery Times

  • Receiving: Thursday, June 25th 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26th from 8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Chapter Collaborative Challenge (C3)

In the Instant Gallery, the C3 show features chapter collaborative works vying for "Best in Show,” and awards in Mechanical/Technical, Artistic and Fantasy categories. Each work was created by a group of at least six chapter members.
Learn more.



Benefit Auctions

Auction Website

Auction Catalog


Online Auctions

The AAW’s 2015 live benefit auctions will also be online. Now you have a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. You can preview the work, register for the online auction, and even start bidding on pieces at www.auction2015.woodturner.org. Benefit auction proceeds help support the AAW’s grant, outreach, and educational programs.


Benefit Auction Times

  • EOG Live Benefit Auction:
    Friday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom
  • EOG Silent Benefit Auction:
    Closes Saturday, June 27th at 8:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom
  • POP Live Benefit Auction:
    Saturday, June 27th at 3:15 p.m. in rooms 301-303 

POP “Creativity in Construction: A Collaboration of Materials” 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.

POP Live Benefit  Auction:

Saturday, June 27th at 3:15 p.m. in rooms 301-303 Online Auction:



EOG Benefit Auctions

Join in the excitement of live bidding on museum-quality work or the quieter pace of silent bidding. Funds raised support the Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program, which provides individual turners, students, local chapters, and educational organizations with funding for turning-related classes, equipment, and projects.

EOG Live Benefit Auction:

Friday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom

Online Auction:



EOG Silent Benefit Auction:

Closes Saturday, June 27th at 8:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom


Live Benefit Auction Registration

Non-member guests and the public must register and receive and auction number prior to bidding.



Photo collage of woodturned works.



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