Master Woodworking Artist of the Year


Forest Heritage Center Museum
 2017 Juried Exhibit

P.O. Box 157  - Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728
 (580) 494-6497 office
Fax (580) 494-6689

Contest Rules & Regulations:

In 2010, the Forest Heritage Center was recognized by the Senate’s Concurrent Resolution 35 as the “Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma”. This resolution authorized the Forest Heritage Center to convey the title of “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” to a commendable artist each year in their field.

The Forest Heritage Center is a forestry museum located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park with crystal clear lakes, streams, 100 feet tall pine tree plantations and an abundance of wildlife to make for a scenic backdrop that draws 1.2 million visitors from around the world each year.

The Forest Heritage Center has been working diligently towards increasing the awareness of wood art as an art form. This exhibit will showcase the artistry of carving, turning and the many diverse art forms that can be created from wood. The entries selected for the show will represent some of the most intriguing and innovational pieces while representing the “best of the best.”

This exhibit will provide an excellent opportunity for woodworking artists to present their work to the public in a museum gallery setting that features first-class wood art collections as well as other historical forestry exhibits.

Eligibility / Entry Guidelines:

  • Woodworking artists 18 years of age or older. Galleries, agents and collectors may not submit artwork on behalf of artists

  • The Forest Heritage Center staff, jurors and judges are not eligible to participate in this exhibit

  • Artwork must be 50% wood or wood composite

  • Artwork must remain in the gallery for the entire exhibit

  • Artwork must be original and completed within the last 2 years. Applicants must disclose if they have used    manufactured parts or if they have involved any other persons or companies in their process (i.e. upholstery, veneering, metalwork, etc.)

  • Artwork Constraints:

        •  Must fit through a standard size door frame

        • Wall-mount displays: 25 lbs or less per section

        • Floor displays: firmly stable

  • Artists may submit a maximum of 3 projects but must complete a separate entry application for each project

  • Artists may submit a maximum of 2 images with each entry (including one detailed image)

  • High quality images only (print quality). Images with 1700 by 2000 pixels that are 5.5 inches by 6.5 inches at 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolutions will yield a higher print image.

    • Images must be in JPEG or TIF format

    • Titles of images must match titles on entry forms

    • CDs of pictures should be marked with artist name and title of images (Sorry, CDs will not be returned due to the volume of applicants)

    Note: Preliminary review by jurors is heavily reliant on the photos. It is to your advantage to submit the best quality possible.

Application Fee:

A $30 non-refundable jury fee is required for all application to be considered for acceptance into the exhibit for up to 3 entries. Check or money order should be included with entry form, payable to the Forest Heritage Center.

Dates to Remember:

  * Application Deadline: January 2nd, 2017 

Application / Jury Fee: $30.00 Total
  * Juror's Selection Notification: 
January 6th, 2017    


 * Hand Delivery of Artwork: January 9-13, 2017
  * Shipped Delivery of Artwork: 
January 2-13, 2017
     *** with "prepaid" return shipping label included in package ***            

 Awards Reception & Exhibit Opening: March 5, 2017
     Gallery Exhibit Dates: March 5th - May 7th, 2017

 * Artwork Pick-up: May 8-11, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm
  * Return Shipped Artwork: 
May 15-19, 2017 

*Note: Artists are responsible for crating their artwork for shipping (to and from) or making arrangements for delivery and pick-up (download Tips for Crating and Shipping at The Forest Heritage Center assumes no responsibility for damage or loss during shipping. Although it occurs infrequently. The Forest Heritage Center recommends that artist acquire shipping insurance in case artwork is damaged.

Jury Process:

The selection process is done by an independent panel of objective art and industry professionals. All entries are reviewed by the jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. Entries are accepted through a blind jury process based solely on review of the images provided. Therefore, the Forest Heritage Center and staff will not respond to questions concerning jury decisions. Decisions of the jury are final.

Judging Process:

1. Judges receive project packets consisting of photos and Project Statement
 2. Judges score projects on a scale of 1-10 for each of the 6 criteria listed below
 3. Scores are tallied and projects with the highest scores are selected as finalists

Judging Criteria:

1) Design innovation on original pieces; or quality of execution of a known style or variation
 2) Materials choice (wood, wood composites, veneers and how they are used)
 3) Achievement of intent
 4) Quality of processes (joinery, veneering, bent lamination, woodturning, upholstery)
 5) Craftsmanship (construction, detail, surfacing, finish)
 6) Overall aesthetics / appeal and proportion


Cash awards will be presented at the Master Woodworking Artist of the Year exhibit opening & Awards Reception on March 6th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.