Programming Update


A view of the Penland campus

Update: May 8, 2021–We are thrilled to be welcoming students and instructors back to campus for our first workshops of 2021. These workshops will be conducted according to our Campus Safety Guidelines. Until further notice, all participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of their arrival at Penland.


Update: January 6, 2021—After reviewing the best information available at this moment, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our spring Concentration session. When we scheduled these workshops, the pandemic numbers were looking a little better, we hoped that rapid vaccine development might change things before March, and we had developed a robust campus safety plan. We also knew that we would have to reassess at the beginning of the year.

Because these workshops represent a two-month time commitment, we felt strongly about the need to make a decision well ahead of time. Given what we know right now—about current case and hospitalization numbers, the more contagious virus strain, the current state of vaccine distribution, and the current restrictions in place in North Carolina—we cannot, in good conscience, plan to bring people to campus at the beginning of March. Everyone enrolled in spring workshops received a full refund, including application fees.

We are proceeding to make plans for a special, six-day session in May and the beginning of summer sessions, which will be conducted according to our COVID-19 safety guidelines.


All 2020 programming was cancelled in light of the pandemic. The 2020 auction was an online event. During December 2020 and the winter of 2021 some studios are hosting a limited number of renters.