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!

As of 2:55 PM on August 8, bidding registration is full! Please join the livestream to cheer us on.

 

Schedule of Events

2020 Auction Catalog

Auction Kickoff—Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 PM!

Tech Support Line: 828-358-4697

 

Silent Auctions Close Today—Last Chance to Bid!

One hundred fifty-seven pieces of artwork are open for bidding. The auctions close between 6:00 and 6:15 PM on Friday, August 7.

Questions about the art? Please direct them to Grayson Sloan at 828-765-2354 ext. 1204.

Join us at the Virtual Cocktail Party Today, 8/7 at 6:30 PM!

  • Put on a celebratory hat and your favorite brooch or necklace, and raise a glass with us!
  • Cynosures open for purchase at 7:00 PM.
  • Anyone and everyone is welcome to join.

All the details to join the party—plus a special playlist, cocktail recipes, and more!

Livestream & Bidding Saturday

Join us for a livestream at 3:30 PM ET as we auction off the final 20 pieces. Everyone is welcome to watch the fun!
TUNE IN HERE

  • The final 20 pieces of art will be presented over a YouTube livestream on August 8. Don’t forget to check your sound and video quality here for the livestream.
  • The bidding will happen on the same bidding page as the silent auctions. You may want to use two devices, one for bidding and one for watching. Be sure to try your devices to decide what you like before the big day.

Patron Bidding Guide
A short video to help you fine tune your livestream bidding experience

 

Share your auction experience with us!
Each year we put together a slideshow at the end of the auction and we’d love to continue that tradition. Send us photos of you with your handmade mug, in your cocktail party attire, or fervently bidding during the livestream! Please direct them to auctionav@penland.org or use #PenlandAuction on social media.

Auction Week at the Penland Gallery

Three online exhibitions to explore, shop, and enjoy!

WEAR
Contemporary Jewelry
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ADAPT | Resilience through Craft
2020 Penland Resident Artists
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HOLDING PATTERNS
2020 Penland School Core Fellows
[about | shop]

 

Meet Penland’s Artists

In an effort to help you get to know the many talented artists who are at the heart of Penland’s auction, workshops, and residencies, we’ve made a series of videos introducing some of them. Please find those below, or see all artists contributing to this year’s auction right here.

2020 Featured Artists

Penland Resident Artists

Penland Core Fellows

Nine short videos about the nine talented artists in our Core Fellowship Program. Watch them all here.

SaraBeth Post
Tony Santoyo
Erica Schuetz
Hannah Mitsu Shimabukuro
Mia Kaplan
Scott Vander Veen
Molly Bernstein
Maria Fernanda Nuñez
Sarina Angell

 

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
EbenConcepts
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
Highland Brewing
Blue Ridge Printing
Clif Bar & Company

 

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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 auction@penland.org