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CALL: 2018 Annual Member Exhibition: Dia•Log
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Annual Member Exhibition: Dia•Log


Entry deadline: February 15, 2018


Lower entry fees for 2018!



The AAW is pleased to announce that the annual member exhibition title theme for 2018 is Dia•Log, suggested by none other than AW editor, Josh Friend.


We received suggestions that drew on Portland’s history as a port city, its reputation for being eco-conscious and celebrating individuality, the city‘s association with roses, and more. Many thanks to all who shared their suggestions.


Dialog was chosen because it reflects the city of Portland’s strong community spirit and the state’s long logging history, but perhaps even more important, it speaks to the way in which our woodturning community provides common ground.


As always, we look for themes that can be interpreted in multiple ways, and this one fits the bill well, offering interpretations from philosophical to down-to-earth: working with wood is often described as a dialog between the maker and the material, and art as a dialog between object and viewer. There is also, of course, the simple truth that if an object is made of wood, it was probably once part of a log.



Two artist awards will be given during the 2018 AAW International Symposium: a Masters’ Choice Award of $300 and a People’s Choice Award of $200.


Entry Dates and Fees

Entries will be accepted online from December 15, 2017 through February 15, 2018. All applicants will receive email notification by March 31, 2018. The entry fee of $25 covers up to three submissions. If you are a full-time student in an art, manufacturing, woodworking or other 3D-related program, your entry fee will be waived.



All current AAW members are eligible and encouraged to apply. The jurors will be looking for both traditional and innovative work. Entries will be evaluated in the following areas: overall appeal, technical execution, originality, and relationship to theme. Each piece will be considered individually and by how well it fits with the overall composition of the exhibition.


Work must be made at least in part on the lathe and have been created between February 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018. A statement (100 words maximum) relating how your piece fits the exhibition theme is required. There is no accommodation for wall-hung work at the AAW Symposium site due to budgetary and space reasons.



  • You will be able to include up to three images of each piece you submit. The first image is required, the others are optional, but recommended.
  • Images should be at least 2800 pixels on the longest side, and less than 4MB in file size.  
  • If you aren't familiar with resizing your images, here is a step-by-step guide. 
  • The main image should be an overall shot, the remaining two images can include details or alternative views. The work is juried through photographs, so it is important that your images are clear, properly exposed, and in focus. A plain background is recommended.



Email AAW Curator Tib Shaw at tib@woodturner.org.


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