Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74
Celebration of Life Service
Held Saturday, September 21, 2019
A “Celebration of Life” service was held for the late Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74, world-renowned glass artist and H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art, in Newlin Hall of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.
The event was “a multimedia celebration of Steve’s life and art—with an emphasis on the kind of verve and color he brought to everything he did.”
In addition to guest speakers, Powell’s sister Pamela Powell produced a video containing excerpts from interviews she had conducted with several friends and family members that was played during the event. Lucas and Mitzi Elliott, Powell’s longtime business manager, also soundtracked some of the best slides of Powell’s work with music that he loved and often played during work sessions.
Among Centre alumni offering favorite memories there were three of the many Powell students and crew-members who’ve gone on to large success—Brook White ’91, Alysia Fischer ’93, and Che’ Rhodes ’95. Powell’s classmate Tom Hagerman ’74 was also on hand to speak.
The celebration’s finale featured a glassblowing demonstration captured in a Led Zeppelin-driven video created by former glass-crew member Stephen Finney.
Following the service and reception in the Norton Center foyer, a Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Walking Tour was offered for anyone who wanted to view Powell’s pieces on display in the community.
Among sites on the tour was an exhibit in the AEGON Gallery at the College’s Jones Visual Art Center (JVAC).
The AEGON exhibit will run from Friday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Oct. 12.
Danville’s Art Center of the Bluegrass and the Boyle County Public Library, both of which feature Powell’s work, are open to the public.
Stephen Rolfe Powell Memorial Walking Tour
This self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Danville leads to exhibits and installations revealing Stephen Rolfe Powell’s visual impact on both the campus and local communities.
Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74: A Retrospective
Aegon Gallery, Jones Visual Arts Center at Centre College. This exhibit will showcase artwork spanning the long career of beloved Centre professor and renowned glassmaker Stephen Rolfe Powell.
Legacy: the Assistants of Stephen Rolfe Powell
Flame Run Gallery, Louisville, now through Oct. 25.
Through the Eyes of the Maker
Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour featuring works by Stephen Rolfe Powell, now through Nov. 30.