ROCKPORT — The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship announces a statewide call for entries for the eighth juried Maine Wood biennial. The exhibition, which takes place in the center’s Messler Gallery from Jan. 21 through April 6, 2022, will once again showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of wood craftsmanship in the state of Maine.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 31, 2021. All Maine artists and artisans who work in wood are encouraged to apply, including furniture makers, turners, carvers, sculptors, luthiers and others. Submitted work must have been made in Maine during the last five years. The criterion for acceptance is excellence in design and craftsmanship.

Jurors for the 2022 biennial are Annie Evelyn, studio furniture maker and co-founder of Crafting the Future, Bakersville, N.C.; Reuben Foat, department chair at Cerritos College Woodworking, Norwalk, Calif.; and Gary Rogowski, director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, Portland, Ore.

Eight awards will be presented at the opening night reception on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. These are $300 gift certificates or cash awards contributed by Tools for Working Wood for “Best New Maker,” by The Craftsmanship Initiative for “Best Original Design,” by Rare Woods, USA for “Best Use of Wood,” by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for “Jurors’ Best in Show,” by Holt & Bugbee for “People’s Choice,” by Woodcraft of Portsmouth for “Best in Furniture,” by Packard Woodworks for “Best Turned Object,” and by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland for “Outstanding Craftsmanship.”

Co-sponsoring craft organizations include the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, and Maine Woodworkers Association.

Full submission guidelines are available at woodschool.org/maine-wood-call-for-entries. Questions may be directed to Gallery Director Victoria Allport at Victoria@woodschool.org or 207-594-5611.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning.  For more information, call 207-594-5611, e-mail cfc@woodschool.org or visit woodschool.org. Messler Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street.