Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction
August 7 – 8, 2015
Join us for the 30th Penland School Annual Benefit Auction, a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of more than 250 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, wood, and other media. The Penland auction is one of the premier craft collecting events in the Southeast and is a perfect opportunity to support Penlandís educational programs. This year's featured artist is Susan Taylor Glasgow. Stoney Lamar will be honored as Penland's 2015 Outstanding Artist Educator. Absentee bidding is available.
We are no longer taking online reservations for the 2015 Penland Benefit Auction. For reservations, please contact Jackie Head at 828-765-2359 x 112 or by emailing
Register to be an absentee bidder here.
2015 Auction Catalog
Preview the astonishing array of work included in this year's auction, as well as information about our 2015 featured artist, Penland's 2015 Outstanding Artist Educator, the auction's special photography portfolio, and more. All registered attendees will receive a catalog in the mail before the event.
View the 2015 auction catalog online.
2015 Auction Schedule
Click here for a schedule of the weekend's events.
Auction Email Newsletters
Penland Benefit Auction newsletters feature artists whose work will be a part of the action of this year's auction, written by Penland trustees, staff members, collectors, and friends. Read 2015 newsletters here or sign up to receive them in your inbox:
Glass to Thrill & Thaw
Glass and Video Artist Tim Tate
Daniel T. Beck and Sarah Rachel Brown
Centerpieces by Sally Prasch
Stoney Lamar - Penland's 2015 Outstanding Artist Educator
A Special Photography Portfolio for the New Studio
Silver-Plated Sculpture by Jayden Moore
Woven Shibori by Catharine Ellis
Flameworked Glass Books by Elizabeth Mears
A Wood and Metal Valet Stool by James D.W. Cooper
Michael Janis - "Painting on glass with glass"
Towering Wooden Sculpture by David Ellsworth
Everyday Objects Cast in Glass by Rick Beck
Sign up for Benefit Auction emails here.
Plan Your Penland Auction Trip
Purchase tickets online
Accomodations for Lucy Morgan Leaders
2015 Auction Sponsors
Thank you to the generous sponsors who have contributed to the 30th annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes auction weekend possible.
Auction Benefactor ($7,500)
SOFA CHICAGO 2015
Auction Supporter ($5,000)
Hallmark Capital Management
David H. Ramsey Commercial Photography
Auction Patron ($2,500)
Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Center for Carolina Living and CarolinaLiving.com
Frank Kiker, Tryon Distributing
Artist Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Classic Event Rental
The Laurel of Asheville
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Piedmont Wine Imports
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
Volunteer at the 2015 Penland Benefit Auction
Our auction is powered by the best volunteers. We need you!
The deadline for volunteer applications has past. We are still accepting volunteers who do not require housing on campus. All other interested volunteers will be placed on a waiting list.
For information about volunteer registration in 2015, email:
Sponsorhip & Advertising
Information for sponsors
Information for advertisers
2014 Auction Catalog
Click here for the catalog in PDF format
View photographs from the 2014 Auction
For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 114 or email