Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction


the auction tent lit up for the evening


Join Us for Auction Weekend!

The Penland Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of over 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Penland auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and a perfect opportunity to support Penland's educational programs, which have helped thousands of people live creative lives.

Registration is now open for the 32nd Annual Penland Benefit Auction on August 11 and 12, 2017.



2017 Featured Artists

We are proud to announce that furniture designer and metalworker Vivian Beer will be this year's featured artist. Vivian was a Penland resident artist from 2005 to 2008 and will return to campus this summer to teach a session 5 iron workshop.


We are thrilled to be honoring longtime Penland friends and instructors Cynthia Bringle and Edwina Bringle as our 2017 Outstanding Artist Educators.


This year's auction tables will feature woven centerpieces crafted by six Penland artists:


And the beautiful mugs for this year's event are being made by Jacob Herrmann and Heather McLelland of Devon Court Pottery.


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Every year, volunteers are an enormous part of the auction's success, and we couldn't pull off this event without them. Volunteer registration is currently open to all at the link below:



2016 Auction


The 31st Annual Benefit Auction was a success through and through, from the energy and generous bidding under the tent to the festive auction shirts and fun photo booth pictures. The work donated by Penlandís many friends, residents, and instructors was outstanding, and the featured wooden elephant mask by Wendy Maruyama made both an impressive visual and social statement. We were proud to honor Paulus Berensohn as the 2016 Outstanding Artist Educator after all that he has contributed to the Penland community.

The Fund-A-Need, which solicited direct donations for Penlandís new Northlight building, was memorably led by instructor and occasional auctioneer Jeff Goodman. Alida Fish put together a special portfolio of photographs from Penland instructors to benefit the new photography studio. Both Penlandís resident artists and core fellows hosted open houses to share their studios and recent work with attendees. And, as always, Penlandís hard-working staff and many wonderful volunteers contributed lots of energy and love to keep everything running smoothly.

Here are some numbers from auction weekend:
Total attendance: 641
First-time attendees: 161
Works in auction: 250
Volunteers: 216
Gross income: $699,140
Net income: $505,639
Art sales: $378,060
Ticket sales: $121,150

Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who donated work, bought a ticket, made a bid, made a purchase, or volunteered and helped make this important annual event a success. Please join us again next year for the 32nd Annual Penland Benefit Auction, which will take place on August 11-12, 2017.




2016 Auction Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors contributing to the 31st Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes auction weekend possible.


Auction Benefactor ($7,500)
Appalachian Terroir

Auction Supporter ($5,000)
American Craft
David H. Ramsey Commercial Photography
Hallmark Capital Management
Metalsmith magazine
WNC magazine

Auction Patron ($2,500)
Center for Carolina Living and
Frank Kiker, Tryon Distributing
The Laurel of Asheville

Artist Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Classic Event Rental
Massive Photo Booth
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
US Foods
Sharon Mills

Beverage Sponsors
Blind Squirrel Brewery
Highland Brewing
Mother Earth Brewing
Piedmont Wine Imports
Troy and Sons Distillery

Auction Contributors
Blue Ridge Printing
Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Mountain City Coffee Roasters
Ingles Markets, Inc.




For additional information, call 828-765-2359 or email