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Calls for Entry: AAW's 2016 Turning 30 Member Exhibition
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Call for Entries: AAW's 2016 Juried Member Exhibit, Turning 30


THE ENTRY PERIOD HAS CLOSED. Entries were accepted from November 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016.

The title theme for the 2016 AAW member exhibition is Turning 30, in celebration of our 30th anniversary. For three decades, the AAW annual exhibitions have encouraged members to present their finest work. Sometimes that means new and innovative ideas and techniques, sometimes presenting perfected techniques and classic forms. This is a proud tradition, and we are excited to bring that spirit forward into our fourth decade.


As always, the theme is open to interpretation. Certainly, turning thirty is a milestone in our culture, or one could turn thirty of something, or make a piece with thirty different wood species, but a simple yet excellent piece would also reflect AAW’s spirit of sharing, which has been a constant practice these thirty years. It is up to you.

Two awards will be given during the 2016 AAW international symposium: a Masters’ Choice Award of $300 and a People’s Choice Award of $200.


  • All AAW members are eligible to enter this juried exhibit.
  • Turning 30 will premiere in June at the 2016 AAW international symposium in Atlanta before traveling to the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul.
  • This is a touring exhibition; work must stay with the show until its conclusion.
  • Sales: A 45% commission will be charged on sales made during the exhibition.
  • THE ENTRY PERIOD HAS CLOSED. Entries were accepted from November 1, 2015 through February 1, 2016.

     All applicants will receive email notification by March 31, 2016.
  • Entry Fee: $30 for up to three submissions.
  • You may submit up to three pieces, but no more than one piece per artist will be accepted for the exhibition.
  • Work will be evaluated in the following areas: overall appeal, technical quality, originality, and relationship to theme. Each piece will be considered individually, and also by how well it fits with the overall composition of the exhibition.


  • Work must be created at least in part on the lathe.
  • Work must have been created in the past 24 months.
  • There is no size limit, but only a few oversized pieces will be accepted due to space and shipping requirements. Oversized is defined as shipping in a box that exceeds 108" (207cm) in overall dimension (2 × width + 2 × depth + length).
  • The symposium venue does not accommodate wall-hung pieces. If wall-hung pieces are accepted, the artist must provide a simple and attractive means of display. Display is subject to approval.
  • An artist statement (up to 100 words) describing how the piece fits the theme is required. Entries may be edited for length and clarity.
  • You may upload up to three images per piece. Include one view of the overall piece. Additional detail images or alternate views are optional.
  • Uploaded images must be in JPG format and 2100 pixels on the longest side.Step-by-step instructions for resizing your images using free online sites.
  • A full-color exhibition catalog will be produced. Artists whose entries are selected will receive a complimentary catalog.
  • Shipping or delivery to the Atlanta venue is the responsibility of the artist. The AAW will pay return shipping fees. Work will be insured while in the exhibition and during return shipping.


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