Annual Auction

Penland School of Craft Annual Benefit Auction

Save the Date! Penland Benefit Auction August 21-28, 2021
Join us for Penland’s 36th Annual Benefit Auction this August 21-28, 2021!

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.

Our 2021 auction will again be an online event. We’ll kick it off with a week of silent auctions beginning August 21 and round it out with a livestreamed auction right from the Penland campus on August 28.
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Information for contributing artists

screenshot of the auction livestream celebration

2020 Marked Penland’s 35th Annual Benefit Auction!

A giant THANK YOU to everyone who made the event such a success—by following along on social media, keeping up with our e-newsletters, participating in the online bidding, joining us for the virtual cocktail party, donating, and cheering us on! We had so much fun, and we hope you did, too.

Thanks to you all, our first-ever online benefit auction grossed over $360,000 for Penland! We raised $103,000 through the Fund-A-Need to safely bring our community back to our studios and campus spaces, and total art sales reached $192,335.

2020 Auction Catalog
Watch the 2020 Livestream!

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
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