Visiting Penland

*PLEASE NOTE that Penland Gallery and Visitor’s Center will be closed May 20-21 for staff sabbatical.


Visiting Penland

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center and the studios of the Penland Resident Artists are now open to the public. The main campus is also open, including the supply store and coffee house (masks required). The teaching studios are closed to the public.


Penland Gallery

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center is our educational center for the general public. The crafts shown and sold at the gallery are made by current and former instructors, students, and resident artists. Check the gallery page for current hours.

Visitors are also welcome to visit The Barns, which houses the studios of the Penland’s resident artists: full-time craftspeople who live and work at the school. Although the resident artists do not keep specific hours, you will usually find someone working at The Barns.

The area surrounding the school is home to over 100 professional craft artists, many of whom have been associated with Penland. There are six independent studios in the immediate vicinity which are generally open to the public. There are many others in the surrounding counties that may be visited by appointment. The gallery staff can provide you with maps and information about these artists.

Directions to Penland (with a map)