Annual Auction

Penland School of Craft Annual Benefit Auction

Save the Date! Penland Benefit Auction August 21-28, 2021

View the catalog!

2021 Auction Schedule

Monday, August 1
3:00 PM ET–Preview
All auction sections open for preview on the online bidding platform. Registered bidders will receive a text and e-mail with their bidding link. Please do not opt out of the text messages or you will miss important notifications.

Saturday, August 21
2:00 PM ET–Event Kickoff
Join us online for opening messages from director Mia Hall and board chair Rich Osborne.

3:00 PM ET–Silent Auctions Open for Bidding
Log in to start bidding on 162 items in our silent auctions including a special section of work by our current resident artists. Silent auctions continue through Friday, August 27.

Friday, August 27
6:00 PM ET–Silent Auction Closings

  • 6:00 pm: Section One closes
  • 6:05 pm: Section Two closes
  • 6:10 pm: Section Three closes
  • 6:15 pm: Resident Artist Section closes

6:30 PM ET–Virtual Cocktail Party
Put on your fancy attire, your favorite accessories, and join us for a streaming Zoom party with our host, the inimitable Corey Pemberton! We’ll spotlight some of your favorite Penland people, including core fellows, resident artists, and the Penland Gallery, and make signature cocktails with our favorite bartender, David Ramsey. Raise a glass with us!

Saturday, August 28
3:30 PM ET–Streaming Live Auction
Streaming live auction with auctioneer Jesse Miller, co-host Corey Pemberton, 
and special guests Harriett Green and Susie Silbert

Host a Viewing Party

On Saturday, August 28, we invite you to gather with friends to enjoy our streaming live auction together. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your fellow Penland friends, introduce new friends to Penland and our artists, and help us celebrate craft together all across the country.

As a viewing party host you will get first access to the cynosures made by Thomas Campbell, Nickolaus Fruin, Heather Mae Erikson, and Wyatt Severs (see page 6 of auction catalog). To sign up as a viewing party host, contact Katie at or 828-765-2354 ext. 1209.

The 2021 Penland Benefit Auction is LIVE!

Auction Preview is Live

Which item will get your bid? Registered guests have received a personalized link from by email. Click HERE for your bidding guide.

2021 Featured Auction Artists

Each year, three Featured Auction Artists are selected for their artistry and commitment to education. We are honored to feature their work and provide a window into their creative practice.

Penland Benefit Auction’s donating artists represent a vibrant community of makers, each one having lived among us as an instructor, a resident artist, or a core fellow. As they support us with their gifts, this platform is also intended to connect our community with the work of Penland alumni who are making important contributions to craft and craft education.

Outstanding Artist Educator

Each year, the program committee of our board of trustees votes to honor an exceptional artist/educator. Selection is made based on the artist’s contribution to Penland, the stature of their work, the impact of their work on others, their involvement in extended craft dialogue, and their generosity as a teacher and mentor. 

In 2021, we are please to honor painter and printmaker Clarence Morgan as our Outstanding Artist Educator. We will pay tribute to Clarence during the streaming live auction.

2021 Auction Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors contributing to the 36th Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes auction week possible.

Intersect Chicago
American Craft Council
David H Ramsey Commercial Photography
WNC magazine
Society of North American Goldsmiths/Metalsmith magazine
The Laurel of Asheville magazine
Sculpture magazine
Art in America