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Call for Demonstrators AAW Symposium 2020

COMING SOON! The AAW’s 34th Annual International Symposium will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 4–7, 2020. The application period opens May 1 and continues through August 1, 2019. For more information, call the AAW office in Saint Paul, 877-595-9094 or 651-484-9094, or email inquiries@woodturner.org.



2019 Turning to the Future Competition

The AAW is pleased to announce the fourth Turning to the Future competition, an opportunity for woodturning students and schools to show off their best work. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with FreshWood, one of North America’s largest student furniture-making and woodworking competitions. The competition is intended to encourage and support students in reaching for and attaining the highest levels of skill in the use of the lathe. The contest is open to students in North America, and there is no entry fee. Prizes include $500 first-place and $100 second-place awards in each division and category, and two lathes for the Best in Show piece in each division. There are two divisions, High School and Post-Secondary, with three categories each: Functional, Small Turnings,and Open. Five finalists in each division category will be chosen to have their work displayed at the 2019 AWFS® Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 16–20, 2019. Work will be evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation. Application period opens March 1, 2019. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2019. If you know a student woodturner, encourage him or her to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.



AAW Board of Directors: Call for Nominees

The AAW is seeking applications for its annual election of board of directors. Do you have the willingness to help make AAW a better organization? Do you have the time, energy, and ideas to be a part of guiding AAW’s strategic direction? Are you dedicated to woodturning and the AAW’s educational mission? If so, we encourage you to help move the AAW forward by running for its board. If elected, you’ll have an opportunity work with colleagues to influence and support the AAW and help shape the future of woodturning for generations to come! The AAW has a nine member volunteer board who are elected to represent the membership and help advance the organization. If you have been a member in good standing for the past three years, you are eligible to apply for candidacy. The AAW nominating committee will review all applications and will select six individuals to appear on the August 2018 ballot. From these six candidates, AAW members will elect three individuals to each serve a three-year term, beginning in January 2020.  For information about the commitment and responsibilities, you are invited to contact any current board member for details. Click here to access a list of board members. If you are interested being considered for the board, applications must be delivered to the AAW home office no later than May 1, 2019 at midnight Central Time. Please direct your applications to the attention of Phil McDonald, AAW Executive Director, at phil@woodturner.org. To apply, please submit the following: 1) A statement of intent, including qualifications and reasons for applying, 2) Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can attest to your organizational and leadership abilities, 3) A high-resolution photograph of yourself. The nominating committee will review all application materials and conduct phone interviews. Selected candidates will be presented in the August issue of American Woodturner and voting will occur during the month of August. Election results will be announced in late 2019.



Call for Videographers—AAW Symposium 2019

Sorry, the application period is closed. The AAW seeks videographers for its 33rd International Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 11–14, 2019. Applicants must have experience with video camera equipment, possess technical competence, and be able to make decisions regarding what is being turned, camera position, shooting angle, etc. The application process will be open from December 15, 2018, through February 15, 2019. Videographers are required to help set up or tear down and do six rotations to receive a free Symposium registration. Selected videographers will be notified by March 2019.



Continuum:  AAW’s 2019 Themed Member Exhibition Call for Entries

Sorry, the application period closed March 4, 2019. Although our annual theme often relates to the Symposium host city or state, the theme for 2019 is more universal: Continuum. Life is a journey. We all start somewhere and end up somewhere else. Depending on where we are born and when, on the influence of others, and on sometimes seemingly random events, our course is influenced and shaped. As a turner, you are part of a legacy that stretches back more than 2,000 years. You are also practicing an evolving craft that looks forward into the future, kept vibrant and ever evolving by technical innovations and new creative discoveries. Woodturning is a part of our life experience, shaped by who and what we know. For the theme Continuum, we are asking hat you create new work that reflects what you have learned and who (or what) has inspired you.



Traces: 2019 POP Exhibition Call for Entries

Sorry, the entry period closed February 4, 2019. 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.



Non-AAW Calls


Turned and Sculpted Wood 2019, Wood Symphony Gallery

Wood Symphony Gallery invites wood artists to submit work for the upcoming exhibition of Turned and Sculpted Wood 2019 (dates April 8-22, 2019). Open to all wood artists 18 and over. You are invited to submit digital images of up to six (6) of your original works in wood. Please also submit a current resume, artist statement, and a link to your website. All image and piece information are due on or before March 21, 2019. No cost to apply. Questions? info@woodsymphony.com or 8187207299. Apply online.



Northern Woods, An Exhibition of Fine Furniture

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, a group of professional and amateur woodworkers invite you to present your work to the public at the 36th Annual Northern Woods Exhibition, Eden Prairie Center, 8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, April 25-28, 2019. In 2016, 114,942 visited Eden Prairie Center during the Exhibition. The Exhibition has an estimated $4,000 in cash prizes, including an award for best turning. Registration opens in February 2019 and closes April 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.mnwwg.org/nwds.html. Questions? Charlie@jack-bench.com or (612) 559-6179.




2019 Elegance in Wood Show and Sale (Sponsored by the KC Woodcarvers’ Special Interest Group of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild)

All entries must be preregistered for competition with the Exhibitor Application. No entries will be registered at the show.  There is no limit to the number of entries an exhibitor may submit. Judging will be done privately, Friday evening by no less than two judges. Each entry will be evaluated, individually, by the judges and given a score of 1-5 (5 being the best) in four criteria: Originality, Design, Execution, and Finish. The score is intended to encourage growth in future work by providing an opinion on areas of strength and weakness. The evaluative score will be taken into account in the judging process, but it will not be the sole determinant. In other words, just because a entry receives a perfect score does not guarantee an award will be given when the work is compared with the work of others. Fees: $50 + $2 per entry. More information and to apply: http://kcwoodworkersguild.org/kc-elegance-in-wood-show-and-sale/. Questions: Dan Robidoux, KC Woodcarvers, elegance@kcwoodworkersguild.org. The 2019 Elegance in Wood Show and Sale will be held March 15-16, 2019 at the John Knox Pavilion, 520 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Admission: $5.



Artist in Residence at Intersections Wood Gallery & Studio

Intersections Wood Gallery & Studio is launching Artists in Residence program. For the month of February, the studio workshop at Intersections will be available to artists and makers who need time and space to develop a project. Submission of a one-page proposed project will include: past experience of working with wood. Include 5 images of previous work in an email, description of the proposed project; the length of time needed, up to one month, and short bio up to 200 words or two-page resume. Proposals may be submitted at any time to, Intersections Artist in Residence. If the Resident wishes to offer an evening talk, one day workshop, or other interaction with members of Intersections and the public, a fee will be paid to the artist. A brief description of the workshop or talk should be included in the one page proposal. There is equipment and materials at Intersections that may be used. If the Resident needs particular materials or equipment this should be specified in the proposal. The Resident is responsible for procuring any materials not immediately available at Intersections. A fee for Intersections-­‐supplied materials may be applied. The studio is fully equipped for woodworking; however, if there is a particular tool or machine needed to complete the project Intersections will consider a purchase. Technical support is available from Stephen Hogbin or Pierre Rousseau. Machines may be used from 8am to 8pm. The residency will start with a formal “Use and Safety of the Space and Machines” session to familiarize the participant with all aspects of the studio/workshop. There will be no charge for use of the studio/workshop. Full details of studio equipment are available on request. Accommodation is available in the Intersections library/apartment for $35 a night or $230 for one week (details on request). The library/apartment has an extensive selection of books and catalogues with a focus on design, woodworking, wood, and trees. Intersections would like the opportunity to exhibit the residents work and create an exhibition in the gallery for the month of February and March. We prefer the work to be for sale. A percentage of each sale will be directed to Intersections. About Intersections Wood Gallery and Studio. Contact information: Intersections.gallerystudio@gmail.com, 519-371-4998. Address: 299 10th Street East, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada N4K 1S4


World Wood Day Foundation Research Grant

The World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF) is pleased to announce that the Research Grant application is now open for the submission. WWDF invites applications from scholars and graduate students that focus on "Wood and Culture." Both ongoing projects and new initiatives are encouraged to apply. The proposals will be evaluated on their originality and scholarly excellence by a group of professionals from various disciplines. The grant is $12,000 (USD) and the final decision of grant recipients will be announced on the event and websites of World Wood Day (WWD), March 21, 2019. Online application must be submitted by the Monday, February 11, 2019. Inquiries: researchgrant@worldwoodday.org. More information and to apply: http://www.worldwoodday.org/2019/researchgrant.php



Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Woodturners

Lansboro Arts, in Lanesboro, Minnesota, encourages woodturners who create unusual pieces to apply for their Juried Sales Gallery. The works should exhibit a unique vision and original voice, quality craftsmanship, and should be diverse and accessible to individuals from all walks of life. Questions? Contact Robbie Brokken, gallery director, at (507) 467-2446 or gallery@lanesboroarts.org  Interested artists may apply on the Lansboro Arts website at https://lanesboroarts.org/artist-opportunities/juried-sales-gallery/




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