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AAW 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member: Binh Pho
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AAW 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member: Binh Pho


Binh Pho (1955-2017) was a critically acclaimed artist, known for an expansive approach to work in wood and glass that includes painting and a unique exploration of positive and negative space. His works feature a highly personal iconography, with imagery that relates to Asian culture and the natural world.

Binh is best known as an artist who has expanded the potential of woodturning, shattering accepted boundaries and transcending perceived limitations along the way. His works utilize wood yet are not limited by the material or preconceptions regarding its use. In a field dominated by an embrace of the natural material and traditional forms, he has placed the idea of story front and center, using whatever techniques and media are necessary to realize his vision. He draws upon traditions of craft and fine art, while combing and reinventing them.

Today, one is likely to encounter a work by Binh made of glass, yet woodturning remains central to the process of exploring form and utilizing material. His artistic explorations not only expanded his own work, they redefined the field and created a market made of those who previously collected glass or painting.

Binh participated in both Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) and Professional Outreach Program (POP) auctions; his generous contributions of art and energy raised substantial funds to support programs he believed in. Binh was also central to implementing the simultaneous online bidding process now used for both the POP and EOG auctions, expanding the collector base and boosting the auction proceeds. Binh also served on the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014; his innovative thinking, vision, and hard work contributed significantly to the shaping of the AAW as we know it today.

Binh Pho’s contributions to the AAW and to the woodturning field include his merit as an artist, teacher, AAW Board member, and his generosity of spirit.

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