Annual Auction

Penland School of Craft Annual Benefit Auction

2020 benefit auction artwork

Join Us for the 35th Annual Penland Benefit Auction!

The Penland Benefit Auction is a gala event featuring the sale of roughly 200 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. It 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.

This year, we are re-imagining our 35th Annual Penland Benefit Auction as an online event! We’ll keep many of our favorite elements—including great art, a live auction, featured artists, special centerpieces, souvenir mugs, and more—while taking advantage of this platform to try some new things. The festivities will begin on August 1 with a week of silent auctions and will culminate on Saturday, August 8 with a live auction that will be streamed in real time right to your screen!

Please join us for the virtual auction August 1-8, 2020.


View the 2020 auction schedule

See artists contributing to this year’s auction

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2020 Auction Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors contributing to the 35th Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes auction week possible.


SOFA Chicago 2020
American Craft Council
David H Ramsey Commercial Photography
WNC magazine
Society of North American Goldsmiths/Metalsmith magazine
The Laurel of Asheville magazine
Sculpture magazine
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
Highland Brewing
Blue Ridge Printing
Clif Bar & Company


Sponsor this remarkable event in 2021! 
Call Marianna Popp with inquiries at 828-765-2359 x 1205.

Advertise in the Benefit Auction Catalog
Contact Grayson Sloan at 828-765-2359 x 1204 to place an ad in next year’s auction catalog.

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