Alan Stirt: Woodturner, Artist and Teacher


Museum Permanent Collections

American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

Cedar Rapids museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL

R. H. Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

The Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Mint Museum - Charlotte, NC

Museum of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

White House Permanent Collection, Washington, DC

Wood Turning Center - Philadelphia, PA

Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, CT


2004 - Solo exhibition of turned and carved wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001 - "The Irving Lipton Collection," Los Angeles County Museum of Art,Los Angeles, CA

2001 - "Across the Grain: North American Wood Turning since 1930," Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2000 - Solo exhibition of turned & carved wood, Connell Gallery, Atlanta,GA

1998 - "Expressions in Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection," American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1997 - "Moving Beyond Tradition: A Turned Wood Invitational,"The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

1997 - "Curators Focus: Turning in Context," Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville,PA

1995 - "The White House Collection of American Crafts," National Gallery of American Art, Smithsonian Institution,  Washington, DC

1995 - "Three Generations of Woodturning: The Making of an Art Form," Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1993 - "Tales and Traditions: Storytelling in Twentieth Century American Craft," Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1992 - "A Decade of Craft: Recent Acquisitions," American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1992 - "Out of the Woods: Turned Wood by American Craftsmen," European Venues

1991 - "Challenge IV," Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1990 - "Woodturning - Vision & Concept II," Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

1988 - "International Turned Object Show," Port of History Museum Philadelphia, PA

1987 - "Artistry in Wood," High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1986 - "The Art of Turned Wood Bowls,"Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1985 - "Woodturning: Vision & Concept," Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

1984 - "Art for the Table," American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1984 - "Beyond the Bowl- North American Woodturners," Cartwright Street Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1982 - "Gallery of Turned Objects," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

1979 - "Art in the Vice-Presidents House from Northeast Museums," Washington, DC

1975 - "Bed & Board," The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA



American Association of Woodturners symposium, demonstrator, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2017.

American Association Of Woodturners Honorary Lifetime Membership for Dedication and Contributions to the Field of Woodturning, 1997.

Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN. Instructor 2002, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2016.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Instructor 1987-1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN . Demonstrator "Woodturning-Vision & Concept," 1985

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO. Instructor, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014.

Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, Loughboro, UK. Demonstrator, 1991, 2009.

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, "Woodworking West," woodturning symposium. Demonstrator, 1980, 1983, 1987, 199, 2014.

Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT. "Masters Woodturning." Instructor with David Ellsworth, 2000.

Haystack School, Deer Isle, ME. Instructor with David Elsworth, 1987.

Irish Woodturners Guild. Demonstrator, 1988.

Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Instructor, 1988, 2009, 2013, 2017.

New Zealand National Association of Woodturners. Fulbright Traveling Scholar, 1993.

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Craftsman in Residence" demonstrator, 1986.

Rhode Island School of Design, Visiting Artist workshop, 2005.

Turnfest 2011 and 2012, Australia. Featured demonstrator.

Woodturning Center, "Challenge IV Conference," Philadelphia, PA. Speaker, 1991.

Woodturning Symposium, George School, Bucks County, PA. Demonstrator, 1978, 1979, 1980.



2015 - Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood From the Montalto Bohlen Collection. University Press of New England

2011 - Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution, American Association Of Woodturners

2011 - The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection, Fine Arts Press

2011 - Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2009 - Masters: Woodturning, Lark Press

2004 - Beneath the Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning, Christiansen & Nish, Utah Symposium Press

2004 - 500 Wood Bowls, Lark Press

2004 - Nature Transformed: Wood Art From The Bohlen Collection, Sean M. Ulmer, Editor; University of Michigan Museum of Art

2003 - Televised profile on Modern Masters , HGTV

2003 - Wood Turning in North America Since 1930, Cooke and Adamson, Yale University Press

2003 - Woodturning Design, Mike Darlow, Fox Chapel Publishing Company

2002 - Scratching the Surface, Michael Hosaluk, Guild Publishing

2002 - American Woodturner, Spring 2002, cover Photo and article

2001 - Wood Turning in North America Since 1930, Wood Turning Center and Yale University Art Gallery

2001 - Woodturning, England, June Issue, artist profile

2000 - Woodturning, England, December Issue, cover photo

2000 - "Al Stirt: A Classical Woodturner," Turning Points, summer issue, review of show, Wood Turning Center

2000 - The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection, Bonita Fike with Mike Mendelson, Abbeville Press

2000 - Turning Wood into Art: The Arthur and Jane Mason Collection, Ramljak, Monroe, Mason; Abrams

2000 - Living with Form,-The Horn Collection of Contemporary Crafts, Robyn Horn, The Arkansas Arts Center

2000 - Bowl Turning Techniques Masterclass, Tony Boase, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications Ltd.

1999 - Contemporary Turned Wood, Lier, Peters, Wallace; Hand Books Press

1998 - American Craft, February/March. Photo & review

1995 - The White House Collection of American Crafts, Michael Monroe, Abrams

1993 - Tales and Traditions - Storytelling in Twentieth-Century American Crafts, Lloyd E. Herman and Matthew Kangas, University of Washington Press

1992 - "Bowl Design," Woodturning, England, May/June issue, cover article by Alan Stirt

1988 - Lathe Turned Objects, Wood Turning Center

1987 - "Carved Bowls," Fine Woodworking, Sept/Oct issue, article by Alan Stirt

1987 - Vermonters at their Craft, Nancy Wright, New England Press

1986 - Televised profile on Crossroads, Vermont Educational Television

1985 - The Art of Turned Wood Bowls, Edward Jacobson, E. P. Dutton

1985 - Masters of Woodturning, Dale Nish, Brigham Young University Press

1984 - Holz und Elfenbein, Dusseldorf, Germany, cover photo and article

1983 - American Crafts, Katherine Pearson, Stewart, Tabori & Chang

1981 - Gallery of Turned Objects, LeCoff and Hanson, Brigham Young University Press

1976 - Fine Woodworking, article on bowl turning, Summer issue



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