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.

Sign up for Benefit Auction emails—including artist stories, event details, artwork previews, and more

Information for contributing artists

2021 Auction Catalog

Click here for the auction catalog as a scrolling PDF.
If you prefer page spreads and page turning sounds, click here for magazine format.

screenshot of the auction livestream celebration

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.

2021 Featured Auction Artists

James Henkel Video Coming Soon

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.

The 2021 Penland Benefit Auction PREVIEW 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 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