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Traces: 2019 POP Exhibition Call for Entries
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Entry period: December 1, 2018, to February 4, 2019


Theme description

Initially developed as an invitational exhibition with an emphasis on showing established, emerging, and international artists, the annual Professional Outreach Program (POP) exhibition was broadened several years ago to include a limited number of juried pieces. The 2019 exhibition and auction will feature original small-scale work in the theme

Traces can be interpreted in any number of ways, as a noun (something left behind or immeasurably small, the harness traces of a horse) or as a verb (to seek, or to set in context, to outline). It can be perceived in relation to science, history, art, life. How the theme is interpreted, and in what materials, is up to the artist.

To be considered, work must be of excellent quality, created for the exhibition, and relate to the title theme. The only other requirements are that it must fit within a 6” x 6” x 6” cube (15cm × 15cm × 15cm) or be smaller in size, original, created at least in part on the lathe, and accompanied by a statement of up to 100 words on how the work relates to the theme.


Application details

Application period: December 1, 2018, to February 4, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST. All artists will be notified by February 15, 2019.


Eligibility: Open to any AAW member and to full-time students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs, regardless of membership status. All types of turnings are welcome: sculptural, functional, segmented, ornamental, green-turned, etc.

Entry fee: Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Accepted works that differ from the submitted images may be refused at AAW’s discretion. Entry fee: $25 for up to three submissions. The application fee is waived for full-time students in art, design, or industry-related degree programs.

A theme statement of up to 100 words is required.

Entry images: Submit digital images in jpg or jpeg format less than 4 MB per file. You may submit up to three images of each entry. 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 images are clear, properly exposed, and in focus. A plain background is recommended.


Other info

Delivery and display: Accepted work must be shipped to arrive at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art, Attn: Tib Shaw, 222 Landmark Center, Saint Paul, MN, 55102, by March 1, 2019. Artwork must be in excellent condition, as shown in the entry images, and ready for installation. All work must be free-standing or with an easel or other support provided. Support subject to approval.

Sales: All work in the exhibition will be offered in a simultaneous live and online auction at the AAW Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, July 13, 2019. Artists may set a reserve price and retain up to 50% of the sale proceeds.

Catalog: All work will be professionally photographed and compiled into a full-color catalog. Participating artists will receive complimentary copies.

On view: Traces will premiere at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and be on view March 10 to June 23, 2019, before traveling to the AAW International Woodturning Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 11–14. The auction will be held on July 13. Funds raised support POP programs, including the Instant Gallery awards, fellowships, Artist Showcase, panel discussions, and other professional development initiatives.

For more information, contact Tib Shaw at tib@woodturner.org. To see past exhibition catalogs, visit galleryofwoodart.org.

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