Online Auction to benefit the Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Fund 

View the online auction site here 
Now through Dec. 16

Centre College recently launched a three-week online auction offering more than 80 pieces of glass art blown by proteges and friends of the late Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74, the former H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art at Centre College. The auction, which is open to the public and will run through Monday, Dec. 16, features distinctive pieces inspired by the iconic Maker’s Mark bourbon bottle design, a collection created by more than 20 artists who have contributed their work. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit the Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Fund, which was established by Powell’s family and friends to ensure that the hot glass program he developed at the College more than three decades ago would be able to continue at a high level.

Before his death, Powell and Rob Samuels, chief distillery officer at Maker’s Mark, were planning a similar charitable auction featuring works by Powell and fellow glass artists who would use the iconic Maker’s Mark form to inspire their art. In an effort to fulfill the plan, Powell’s wife, Shelly, along with Samuels and some of Powell’s proteges, approached the College with the idea of continuing the project and directing proceeds to the memorial fund.

In mid-November, a private auction of a smaller number of pieces was held at Maker’s Mark Distillery, raising more than $21,000 for the memorial fund.

For additional information about the public online auction or the Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Fund at Centre College, contact Shawn Lyons, vice president for development and alumni engagement, at

by Centre College News
November 26, 2019

Lead image courtesy of Flame Run Gallery

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