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.

Please save the date for 32nd Annual Penland Benefit Auction on August 11 and 12, 2017.




2016 Auction


Thank you to the hundreds of artists, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, staff, and community members came together to make the 31st Annual Penland Benefit Auction a truly special and successful event!

The featured artist for the 2016 auction was Wendy Maruyama. Margaret Couch Cogswell crafted the whimsical centerpieces that decorated each auction table, and Lori Buff created the handmade auction mugs. We were proud to honor longtime Penland friend, neighbor, and instructor Paulus Berensohn as the 2016 Outstanding Artist Educator. See the auction weekend tribute to him at the link below.




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