Explore the AAW’s outstanding international exhibitions of innovative sculptural and functional works in wood.
Admission is free.
- Exhibitions Opening: Thursday, June 4, 5:30p- 6:45p
- Friday, June 5, 8:30a - 6:00p
- Saturday, June 6, 8:30a - 6:00p
- Sunday, June 7, 8:30a - 2:15p
Nature/Nurture: 2020 POP Exhibition and Auction
As always, the theme is meant to be a starting point for inspiration, and this year is no excep-tion: Is who we are and how we see things a matter of nature or nurture, or both? As turners, we usually are working with a natural medium: wood. Do you see evidence of nature’s nurturing in the material? How does craft nurture us? Do we nurture nature? Nature/Nurture is a theme that invites us to consider our relationship with making, or to explore the roles of nature and nurture in our lives, our families, the forest, and the world around us. Or, you may have another take on the theme entirely.
Step up to the Plate—Second Inning: AAW’s 2020 Themed Member Exhibition
With the 2020 AAW Symposium taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, there were two routes to go for a theme: horses or baseball. Baseball and woodturning go way back and are closely linked, so the theme for 2020 will be baseball related, but don’t feel constrained. Along with being America’s pastime, baseball also contributed many expressions to our language, including “Step up to the plate,” which has been defined as a willingness to take responsibility for something, to rise to the occasion, to accept a challenge. For many of us, finding the best in each piece of wood, each new project, is a chance to rise to a challenge. The phrase also could be a jumping-off point for a narrative work about a personal or societal challenge.Step up to the Plate was also the theme for the 2006 AAW member exhibit. Sometimes a theme is so good, we just need to see a replay.