Penland Events 2016


Andrew Glasgow Resident Writer Talk

Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 8:15pm in Northlight

Jenni Sorkin, Penland's 2016 Andrew Glasgow Writer in Residence, will present a talk about her new book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community. While at Penland, Jenni will draw on her work as a contemporary art historian to write an essay about abstraction and textiles for a 2018 show at the National Gallery of Art.

Scholarship Auctions

Penland sessions end with an auction of work donated by students, instructors, and friends. These auctions are celebrations of the work done in the classes and an opportunity for neighbors, travelers, and craft lovers to enjoy the energy of a Penland session. The proceeds from these auctions support scholarship programs. No admission charged.


Auctions take place at 8:00 PM in the Northlight Building.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thursday, November 17


Gallery Events

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center will reopen March 5, 2016 in its new and expanded space in Horner Hall. Open hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12pm - 5pm. The gallery will be featuring a selection of Penland artists in its 2016 exhibits. No admission is charged.


Main Exhibition Gallery


This is a Photograph | Exploring contemporary applications of photographic chemistry
Co-curated by Dan Estabrook + Kathryn Gremley
March 22 – May 1
Reception Saturday, March 26


Conversation | Unspoken Language
Kensuke Yamada + Leigh Suggs
May 17 – June 26
Reception Saturday, June 4


Wendy Maruyama | The wildLIFE Project
Organized by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
July 12 – September 4
Reception Saturday, July 16


Cristina Córdova | Sculptural Ceramics
September 20 – November 20
Reception Saturday, October 1


FOCUS Gallery Exhibitions


Brooke Rothshank | Painting
March 25 – April 24
Reception Saturday, March 26


Forrest Middelton + Adam Field | Ceramics
May 20 – June 19
Reception Saturday, June 4


Kreh Mellick | Painting
July 15 – August 14
Reception Saturday, July 16


Christina Boy | Wood
September 23 – October 23
Reception Saturday, October 1




Community Open House

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Each year, a week before spring classes begin, the Penland studios open to the public for an afternoon of hands-on workshops and demonstrations. The Penland open house is about experimentation, creativity, and fun. No admission charged; all ages welcome. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Annual Benefit Auction

The 2017 Annual Benefit Auction will take place Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 on the Penland campus. This gala weekend is a celebration of creativity and community made possible by the many artists, volunteers, and friends who support Penland. Tickets are required for the event and will go on sale in the spring.