Annual Auction

Penland School of Craft Annual Benefit Auction


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The Benefit Auction is Penland School of Craft’s major annual fundraiser. A joyous and festive celebration of craft, community, and all things Penland, we will welcome collectors, curators, artists, and friends from far and wide.

Registration opens and invitations will be mailed in May. An illustrated online catalog will be available in July. 

Featured Artists

Introducing the 2022 Featured Artists for the 37th Annual Penland Benefit Auction!

To choose only three artists to honor at the Penland Benefit Auction from hundreds of talented current and former guest instructors, resident artists, and core fellows is the hardest of tasks, taken on with great care.

Our Featured Artists embody the spirit of Penland’s craft education programming. They represent a range of media and a balance of tradition and innovation, skill and imagination.

This year, we are very proud to honor Nancy Blum. Paul Briggs, and David Chatt. We look forward to celebrating these wonderful individuals and sharing more about their work with you!

Donate to the 37th Annual Benefit Auction! Contributing artists, please click here.

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.

August 26-7

In-person events. Detailed schedule HERE.

August 28- September 2

Online Silent Auctions- This year we are trying something new!

Most of the work available for auction will be in the silent auctions and will be previewed during the on-campus event. Absentee bidding is available for live auction items.

Tickets (Sales open in May.)

o   Weekend Ticket $395

  • Includes Friday & Saturday Events + online bidding for Silent Auctions

o   Online Bidding $50

  • Includes Silent Auction Bidding + Absentee Bidding for Live Auction Items

o   Absentee Bidding $25

  • Live Auction Bidding Only

Find a detailed schedule of events HERE.

Special thanks to our Auction Sponsors

Art in America
American Craft Council
Classic Event Rental
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Grassy Creek Hardware
Ingles Markets, Inc
The Laurel of Asheville
High Noon Coffee Roasters
Pisgah Brewing
Sysco Foods
US Foods
David H Ramsey Commercial Photography
WNC Magazine
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Sculpture Magazine