William R. Kenan Fellowships

The William R. Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts is a collaborative fellowship program for recent alumni of the Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Made possible by support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, this program brings a Penland artist to UNCSA each year for a special lecture and workshop and provides outstanding young artists with full scholarships to attend intensive summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Kenan Fellows benefit from the professional instruction, artistic immersion, and concentrated focus offered by Penland’s unique educational model.


The goals of the Kenan Fellowships are to promote life-long learning in the visual arts, stimulate experimentation and skill development, extend UNCSA students’ and artists’ career development opportunities through Penland’s network of peer professionals, and to share Penland’s model educational environment with UNCSA students and alumni.




UNCSA visual arts students visit Penland studios, October 2016




On October 12th, 2016, thirty visual arts students and two faculty members from University of North Carolina School of the Arts spent the day at Penland as part of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship Program, made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Students and their teachers toured the Penland Gallery, Resident Artist studios, and all of Penland’s teaching studios. They were also treated to special demonstrations in the iron and paper studios.









An Interview with Bailey Glass



Bailey Glass, who graduated from UNCSA in 2012, took David Burtt's fifth session workshop Building from Blacksmithing Fundamentals in the iron studio in the summer of 2012 with her Kenan fellowship. That fall, she began classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. While she was here, our delightful development intern Lauren Wilson sat down with her and recorded her thoughts on life, art, iron, and the Penland experience.



Kenan Fellows and Annual Events

For information about William R. Kenan fellows and the classes they took at Penland, as well as special events and artist talks related to the program, click the links below.