Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction


2016 Auction


Join us for the 31st Annual Penland Benefit Auction on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2016.

The auction is 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 Wendy Maruyama. Paulus Berensohn will be honored as Penland's 2016 Outstanding Artist Educator.

Online registration opens February 15, 2016.



2015 Auction Pictures

blowing the glass horns


Thank you to all who made the 30th Annual Penland Benefit Auction such a success! From fine art to t-shirt art, a brass band to a glass band, the weekend was full of fun and festive details. We've captured some of them in our 2015 auction album.



2015 Auction Summary

Penlandís 30th Annual Benefit Auction (August 8-9, 2015) was a rousing success: it smashed the previous record for attendance, ticket sales, Fund-A-Need income, gross income, and net income. Long-time friend Bobby Kadis was honored at the Lucy Morgan Luncheon, and Outstanding Artist Educator Stoney Lamar was honored on Friday afternoon with tributes from several fellow artists and again under the tent on Friday night. The featured work, a glass dress by Susan Taylor Glasgow, was the centerpiece of the Northlight art exhibition. The donated work was outstanding across the board.


The Fund-A-Need, which solicited direct donations to equip Penlandís future photo studio, was memorably led by instructors Jeff Goodman and Alida Fish. Penlandís resident artists hosted an excellent open house in their studios, and the core fellows contributed with a display of their current work set up in the letterpress studio. As always, the event itself was powered by our hard-working staff and volunteers (lots of volunteers).


Here are some numbers:

Pieces sold: 236

Total attendance: 665

Volunteers: 217

Gross income: $735,134

Net income: $555,377

Art sales: $390,212

Ticket sales: $150,845

Fund-A-Need: $129,575


Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who donated work, bought a ticket, made a bid, made a purchase, or volunteered and helped make this important annual event a success. Please join us again next year for the 31st Penland Benefit Auction, which will take place on August 12-13, 2016.



2015 Auction Catalog

Take a look at 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.



2015 Auction Schedule



2015 Auction Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors who have contributed to the 30th Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes the auction weekend possible.


Auction Benefactor ($7,500)
Appalachian Terroir

Auction Supporter ($5,000)
American Craft
Hallmark Capital Management
David H. Ramsey Commercial Photography
WNC magazine

Auction Patron ($2,500)
Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Center for Carolina Living and
Frank Kiker, Tryon Distributing
RATIO Architects

Artist Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Classic Event Rental
The Laurel of Asheville
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Fleur Bresler
Piedmont Wine Imports
Sharon Mills
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
US Foods



For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 1114 or email