|Alumnus opens new glass studio and gallery
RELEASED: June 24, 2004
DANVILLE, KYBrook Forrest White Jr. '91 has planned a big Fourth of July weekend. That's when the Centre graduate will open the Flame Run, a glass studio and gallery, in Louisville, Ky.
The gallery opens it doors July 2 with "Centred on Glass," an exhibit by 13 artists who graduated from Centre and three artists who are friends of the gallery. White and two of the studio's resident artists are Centre graduates, Paul Hugues '92 and Paul Nelson '92. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will be present for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that evening. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31.
The renovated 12,500 square-foot building located at 828 East Market St. in Louisville's East Market Street Arts District will showcase contemporary and original glass creations, a working glass-blowing hot shop and classes for beginning glass artists.
White, who co-founded the Flame Run with fellow artist Susie Garbee Slabaugh, has managed two other studios. His work has been shown throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Huntington (W.Va.) Museum of Art, the Asheville (N.C.) Art Museum and the Evansville (Ind.) Museum of Art. In 2003, White received a Young Alumnus award from Centre, and in 1998 he received an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.
White, who graduated from Centre with a bachelor of arts degree in government, studied under internationally known artist Stephen Rolfe Powell, professor of art at Centre.
"White has been the most consistent glass artist in Kentucky, merging production work and artistic, one-of-a-kind pieces," Powell says. "His dogged desire to maintain a functioning glass studio has provided a base of operation for many other Kentucky glass artists."
Centre graduates who will take part in "Centred on Glass" are: Powell '74, Patrick Martin '86, White '91, Hugues '92, Nelson '92, Greg Fleischaker '92, Che Rhodes '95, Thomas Spake '97, Jason Matzek '99, Chris Bohach '00, Jonathan Swanz '01, D.H. McNabb '02 and McKinley Moore '03.
For more on the Flame Run gallery, go to http://www.flamerun.com/.
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