Penland's Annual Benefit Auction
Join us for the 28th Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction!
August 9 – 10, 2013
The Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina Mountains featuring the sale of more than 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, 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.
Auction Weekend Tickets $375
Includes all Friday and Saturday activities
Friday, August 9
Friday-only Tickets $200
Cocktail party, exhibition preview and silent auction, dinner, live auction, dessert party, live music, and dancing
Saturday, August 10
Saturday-only Tickets $250
Coffee at the studios with Penland's resident artists, silent auction, lunch, live auction, and a reception at the Penland Gallery
Online registration is closed. For last-minute reservations, please call call 828-765-2359 ext. 30 or email
Click the link below to download an illustrated catalog of artists and work in this year's auction:
2013 Auction Catalog (.pdf)
All ticket purchasers and absentee bidders will receive an illustrated catalog in July.
Absentee bids are accepted with a $25 bidder fee.
Click here for complete information about absentee bidding.
Friday, August 9
10:30-11:30am: Gallery Reception
Join us to dicuss the work of ceramic artist Ronan Peterson, which will be featured in the Focus Gallery.
Noon: Director’s Luncheon
(By invitation to Lucy Morgan Leaders and special guests. Lucy Morgan Leaders contribute $1,000 or more to the Penland School of Crafts annual fund each year.)
The luncheon will take place in the wood studio and will be followed by a hands-on photo workshop or an exhibition preview and art talk with Mark Leach, the Executive Director for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Randy Shull and Mark Peiser. One auction piece will be sold at the luncheon to kick off the event.
1:00-3:00pm: Core Fellows Open House
Core Fellowship Students exhibit their work in the drawing and painting studio.
3:00pm: Friday Silent Auction opens
Preview Friday Live Auction Work
Artist Reception and Preview of Saturday Auction Work
4:00pm: Honoring Dorothy Gill Barnes, the 2013 Penland Outstanding Artist Educator
4:45–6:45pm: Cocktail Reception, Exhibition, and Silent Auction
Music by the Swayback Sisters
6:45pm: Buffet Dinner
7:30pm: A tribute to Dorothy Gill Barnes
7:45pm: Live Auction
9:00–11:00pm: Exhibition, Dessert, and Coffee
Music by the Swayback Sisters
Saturday, August 10
9:00–10:30am: Coffee at the Barns
Resident artists welcome guests to their studios in the Barns for coffee served in handmade souvenir mugs.
10:00am–Noon: Silent Auction
Core Fellows Open House
11:45am: Buffet Lunch
1:00–3:30pm: Live Auction
3:30–5:00pm: Penland Gallery Reception
Make a purchase of $100 or more at the Penland Gallery between Friday and Saturday of the auction weekend and you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Penland Gallery Gift Certificate.
Our auctioneer for the weekend is Mark Oliver.
While you are at Penland over the weekend, we encourage you to visit artist studios in the area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Penland auction...
For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 30 or email
Wonderous work in wood by Randy Shull! Gorgeous glass by Mark Peiser! Sleek, sexy, steel centerpieces by Marc Maiorana!
Click here to learn more about this year's featured artwork.
Special Photography Portfolio
As part of the fundraising for a new photography studio that will allow the school to teach contemporary image-making using photographic techniques that span the history of the medium from daguerreotypes to digital, photographer, instructor, and trustee Alida Fish has worked with a group of past Penland instructors to create a special suite of photographs, the sale of which will go directly toward the new studio.
View the Special Photography Portfolio here.
We're continuing our series of electronic Penland Benefit Auction newsletters, featuring artists whose work will be a part of this year's auction. We have invited trustees, staff members, collectors and friends to write about pieces that will be included in the 2013 benefit auction and to comment on living with the works they have purchased in past auctions. Click below to read archived newsletters:
Email Newsletter Archive
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About Last Year...
27th Annual Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction, August 10 – 11, 2012
Penlandís 27th Annual Benefit Auction on August 10 and 11, 2012 was a smashing success, with a total income (including ticket sales, art sales, donations, advertising, and corporate sponsorship) of $650,301, for a net income of approximately $484,301. New records were set this year for ticket sales and donations to the Fund-a-Need request. This yearís Fund-a-Need, an initiative which invites patrons to make direct contributions to a particular project, raised $90,750 to equip Penlandís forthcoming new Drawing, Painting, and Books Arts studios.
Six hundred and thirty-six patrons and artists attended the auction, while 217 volunteers worked with Penlandís staff to run the event. Two hundred and forty-eight current and former Penland instructors, resident artists, and core fellows contributed a total of 237 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, textiles, wood, and mixed media.
During the weekend, Penland honored Jason Pollen, textile artist, former president of the National Surface Design Association, retired chair of fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute, and fiery tango dancer, as our 2012 Outstanding Artist Educator. Kathryn Gremley, Penland's gallery director, David Houston, curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American, and glass artists Beth Lipman and Daniel Clayman presented a gallery talk previewing a number of the auction pieces.
Penlandís resident artists welcomed patrons to their studios on Saturday morning for the ever-popular Coffee at the Barns event, and our core fellowship students showed their work in an impressive open house. Friday afternoon and evening's musical entertainment was provided by Asheville close-harmony trio the Swayback Sisters.
The board and staff of Penland School thanks everyone who came together to make our largest fundraising event of the year such a great success. We hope to do great things with your support.
2012 Slide Shows
A slide show of images from the 2012 Annual Benefit Auction can be viewed here.
2012 Online Catalog
A PDF of the 2012 auction catalog can be downloaded here.