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Exhibitions & Auctions



The AAW’s live benefit auctions will also be online! Regardless of where you are located, now you have a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from the comfort of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Benefit auction proceeds help support the AAW’s grant, outreach, and educational programs.


AAW Live Benefit Auction - Join in the excitement of live bidding on museum-quality work. Funds raised will be used to effectively develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide.

  • LIVE AUCTION: Friday, June 15, 5:30 p.m. Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited,  POP Live 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. 

  • LIVE AUCTION: Saturday, June 18, 3:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall E, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

AAW Silent Benefit Auction - Participate in the slower pace of silent bidding on a variety of woodturned works and other items. Funds raised will be used by the AAW to continue to develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide.



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


Dia•Log: Juried Member Exhibition

 The theme, Dia•log, 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. 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. The exhibition will showcase a wide range of interpretations, from philosophical to down-to-earth. 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.



AAW Announces Juried Artists for 2018 Member Exhibition, Dia∙Log


We are thrilled to announce the juried artists for this year’s AAW member exhibition, Dia∙Log. Chosen through a blind jurying process by a dynamic trio of jurors, the fifteen selected artists submitted work selected based on a combination of strengths, including technical excellence, creativity, originality and interpretation of the Dia∙Log theme. Fifty-three pieces were under consideration.


Dia∙Log will premiere at the AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon, with an opening at the Portland Convention Center on June 14, at 5:30 P.M. Dia∙Log will also be on exhibit at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St Paul, Minnesota, October 7 through December 30, 2018. 


Congratulations to Bob Rotche, Steve Loar, James Thurman, Andy DiPietro, Derek Bencomo, John Beaver, Jan Greenwald, Dewey Garrett, James Rinde, Grace Parliman, Jeanne Douphrate, Hal Metlitzky, Betty Scarpino, Jay Shepard, and Mark Waninger (artist work displayed left to right in image above.) In addition, the show will feature work by invited artists Cindy Drozda, Jim Piper, Eric Lofstrom, Guilio Marcolongo, Pat and Karen Miller, Keith Gotschall, Rick Crawford, Marilyn Campbell, and Steve Hatcher.


We owe special thanks to all who submitted work, and to this year’s jurors, Michael McMillan, writer and associate curator, Fuller Craft Museum; artist and turner Jim Christiansen, author of Masters: Woodturning (Lark Books, 2009); and Jeffrey Bernstein, collector and former president of the Collectors of Wood Art.


Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited

The AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) 2018 juried exhibition.
Whether you love traditional forms or prefer the "rule breakers," the 2018 POP annual exhibition, Out of the Woods, offers intrigue. The works will showcase a mix of imaginative and individual interpretations of the theme, ranging from wryly humorous to highly personal. The show will premiere at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, then travel to the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon, where the works will be sold in an online/live auction. Funds raised support POP programs, including the Instant Gallery awards, fellowships, panel discussions, Artist Showcase, and other professional development initiatives.


Artist Showcase

 The 2018 Professional Outreach Program (POP) Artist Showcase features the work of two wood artists (TBA) that have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition,  or, are emerging artists who have the potential for making significant contributions to the field.



Shipping Services

During the AAW Symposium, there will be a Fed Ex satellite booth set up in Exhibit Hall D (booth 820 &  822) for pack and ship services ONLY during the hours listed below:

  • Friday, June 15, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, June 16, 1:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be a $5 handling fee, plus the cost of shipping which can be paid by using your Fed Ex account number or by using your debit/credit card.

NO CASH will be accepted. For your convenience, you may open a Fed Ex account by following these instructions. There is no fee to open an account; however, Fed Ex will require a credit card number so that your billing information is tied to your Fed Ex account number.

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