Centre offers Alumni College on The Art of Glass on June 6-9
January 24, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
featuring an event on the Art of Glass by Professor of Art
If you’re a Centre alum who dreams of taking one more class at your alma mater, here’s your chance! Centre will host an Alumni College this summer on June 6-9, featuring an event on the Art of Glass by Stephen Powell, H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art.
The Alumni College class, which will coincide with Danville’s annual Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF), gives alums the opportunity to learn about the history of glass. Powell will talk about his own well-known pieces, as well as Centre’s place in the world of glass today.
“While I certainly have great students on a regular basis, I know the alumni in this class will be super interested,” Powell says. “Centre has been so instrumental in developing my passion for glass that I hope this class can repay some of the support I have received from Centre over the years.”
Powell will give glassblowing demonstrations in Centre’s hot glass studio in the Jones Visual Arts Center—and alumni will also have the chance to try it out for themselves.
Taking a class with Powell ’74 gives alumni the opportunity to learn directly from one of the largest names in modern glassblowing.
“Stephen Powell is widely regarded as one of the finest three or four glassblowers in the world because of his dazzling glass pieces—but also because he’s such a world-class glass teacher, historian and collector,” says Milton Reigelman, director of the Center for Global Citizenship.
Powell’s glasswork is featured in permanent collections both nationally and internationally. He was named one of Kentucky’s Top 20 Artists of the 20th Century by Kentucky Monthly Magazine, and has been featured on the CBS news show Sunday Morning. Powell was one of eight Americans chosen for Venezia Aperto Vetro 1998, a prestigious glass exhibition in Venice. Powell was given The Artist Award by the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2010, Kentucky’s highest honor in the arts. An exhibit of Powell’s work, “Psychedelic Mania: Stephen Rolfe Powell’s Dance with Glass,” recently completed a run at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
Powell has also been recognized for his work as an educator. In 2012, he was recognized as a Distinguished Educator by the James Renwick Alliance. The award signified a reputation for excellence and innovation in a craft education program, as well as an influence on both students and the craft as a whole.
Accommodations for the Alumni College will be in the A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons, Centre’s newest residential facility. Made possible by a $15-million gift from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust of Bermuda, the 125-bed facility features townhouse-style apartments housing mainly juniors and seniors during the school year.
“Getting to know and work with Stephen Powell and living in Brockman Commons residences is guaranteed to make you angry you’re not a 20-year-old Centre student,” Reigleman says.
The cost of the Alumni College is $450 per individual and $825 per couple. For more information or to register for the Alumni College this summer, contact Megan Haake Milby ’03, director of alumni affairs.