Annual Fund

The Penland Annual Fund

Support Penland’s classes and programs by joining with hundreds of donors who are Penland Friends, contributing each year to the Penland Annual Fund. With your contribution you provide critical support for the studios, the work study scholarship program, studio assistantships, and the resident artists and core fellows programs. Penland Friends make an annual gift to the school at any level. All Friends receive our annual report, invitations to gallery exhibit openings, and notices of special events on campus.

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Lucy Morgan Leaders

Lucy Morgan Leaders are a special group of Friends who contribute $1,000 or more to the Penland annual fund. Named in honor of Penland’s founder, Lucy Morgan, the Leaders help sustain the work that she began almost eighty years ago and provide important support for innovation and excellence in craft education. Leaders contribute at different gift levels and enjoy certain benefits and special acknowledgment during the year.

Lucy Morgan Leader Benefits

Artist Advocate – $1,000

Director’s luncheon and hands-on workshop at the annual benefit auction, ten percent discount at the Penland Gallery and the supply store, behind-the-scenes updates about activities and events

Studio Sustainer – $2,500

All the above plus a guided tour of our studios for six, including a meal at the Pines

Craft Leader – $5,000

All the above, plus a visit to a resident artist’s studio (including a meal at the Pines with the resident artist), VIP parking for the annual benefit auction

Bill Brown Visionary – $10,000

All the above plus a two-night stay for two at Penland’s guest house, including meals at the Pines

Penland Benefactor – $25,000

All of the above plus a studio visit, including a hands-on experience, with an artist in the Penland community. The two-night stay at Penland’s guest house with meals is expanded to include four people.

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