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The Barns studios and apartments—home of the Penland resident artists.
Residents David Eichelberger, Micah Evans, Rachel Meginnes, Tom Shields, Robin Johnston, gwendolyn yoppolo, Dustin Farnsworth
Glass resident Micah Evans at work in his studio.
Resident Sarah Martin teaching in the Penland wood studio during her residency.
Clay sculptor and Penland resident Cristina Cordova.

Penland School of Crafts

Penland's resident artists are full-time, self-supporting artists who spend three years living and working in the Penland School of Crafts community. The program is designed for artists who are at some pivotal moment in their career—the residency is an opportunity for them to test ideas and make choices that will have a lasting effect on their work and their lives. Resident artists may use the time to develop their studio practice, to work out the practicalities of making a living, to push technical and conceptual boundaries, or to explore entirely new directions in their work.


Penland, North Carolina: United States

Penland School of Crafts is located in Mitchell County, North Carolina, 52 miles north of Asheville, near the town of Spruce Pine. The area is rural, isolated, and mountainous. Most of the resident artist studios are housed in a converted dairy barn at the edge of the campus. Apartments are located adjacent to the studio complex or within a 5-minute walking distance.


  • Residency Length: 3 years
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 7
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 4
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 86


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists must be self-supporting during the residency. Collaborating artists must apply and be accepted as collaborating artists and share studio space and one-bedroom housing.

  • Application deadline: January 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Residencies begin September 15th, same year as deadline and selection. *There will be no openings in the residency program for 2019*

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Adela Akers, Junichiro Baba, Rick Beck, Vivian Beer, William Bernstein, Cynthia Bringle, Devin Burgess, David Chatt, Cristina Córdova, Stephen Dee Edwards, Dustin Farnsworth, Susie Ganch, Hoss Haley, James Henkel, Anne Lemanski, Daniel Marinelli, Jenny Mendes, Mark Peiser, Richard Ritter, Norman Schulman, Tom Shields, Christina Shmigel, Rick Smith, Evon Streetman, Amy Tavern
The Penland residency is about a gift of time. A special growth can take place when you have time to focus life around the studio. For me, the ideas are flowing with confidence and some of them are strong. My perspective on how I want to live life is maturing.
— Matt Kelleher
The Penland residency is an incredible opportunity to practice your craft in a charged educational environment. The program has nurtured dozens of artistic careers and contributed to Penland's evolution as the nexus of a vibrant craft community.
— Jean McLaughlin

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Residents live in one-bedroom apartments located on the Penland grounds.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Meals are provided when the school is in session, approximately March-April, June-August, and mid-September-mid-November
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Penland's campus is located on terrain that is steep and uneven, but we have made efforts to make as much of the campus as possible accessible. We provide accessible parking for the dining hall and Penland studios. Some resident artist studios and housing are accessible; please inquire for more details.
  • Additional studio information: 
    Studios are unequipped; it is the responsibility of each resident to equip their studio.

Residency Fees

Application fee: $25 Rent: $187.50 per month Utilities: $150-$200 per month

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

The primary expectation of resident artists is that they engage intently with their work. They are also expected to have an open door policy, welcoming students, instructors, and the public to their studios, both informally and formally through the resident open house that is part of each Penland session.

Contact Information

PO Box 37
Penland, North Carolina 28765
United States