The Penland Gallery exhibits the work of Penland School affiliated artists from across the country. The work represents the high standards of excellence and creativity found in the school’s programs. The contemporary craft shown represents all media taught at Penland and a broad range of prices. The selected artists work with the gallery director to choose artwork that will be appropriate for the sales gallery. The selection of individual pieces and the consignment period is at the discretion of the gallery director. All work in the sales gallery is on consignment at a 60/40% commission rate. The gallery director, on a case-by-case basis determines special orders and rate exceptions. A contract and additional information will be provided if the applicant is accepted.
The gallery director reviews artist submissions on a regular basis. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are not able to provide a critique or in-depth feedback.
Please review the following criteria before submitting your materials:
All applicants must have attended Penland School of Crafts in some capacity (instructor, student, former resident artist, studio assistant, Core student, visiting artist)
Media/subject is taught at Penland School
Excellence of design and high quality of craftsmanship
Represents the spirit of the school’s instruction, expressing originality and creativity
Submitted work is appropriate and in character with the current aesthetics of the gallery
No bias is placed on decorative vs. content-oriented work, functional vs. non-functional, salability, price range or craft quotas in the gallery
Artists doing installation or large scale work may have limited representation in the sales gallery due to space restrictions and overall sales gallery concept
Submissions via e-mail:
Artists may submit 8-10 low resolution (72 dpi) jpegs. Images must be labeled with artist’s last name. Please include information about each image – title, materials, date, dimensions, and retail price. Artists are asked to submit a current resume or bio, which should reference their Penland School affiliation. You are welcome to include a link to your website.
Submissions via mail (email is preferred):
Artists may submit 8-10 images on a CD. Images must be labeled with artist’s last name. Please include information about each image – title, materials, date, dimensions, and retail price. Artists are asked to include a current resume or bio, which should reference their Penland School affiliation. Please include your e-mail address and website if available. Please do not send slides, photographs, or samples – your materials will not be returned.
Receipt of submissions will be confirmed via e-mail, and gallery staff will be in further contact if we are interested in your work for the gallery. Please note that the gallery is seeking quality work that fits our overall mission and aesthetic; your work may be of high quality but not a good fit for our gallery at this time.
For more information you may contact
Penland Gallery Director
PO Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
Mailing address: Penland Gallery, PO Box 37 -or- 3135 Conley Ridge Rd., Penland, NC 28765