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, on Sept. 21. Centre College’s website now features a video of the service, as well as the speaker reflections, current exhibits and other videos and photos of Powell and his work.
Speakers at the service included Brook White ’91, Alysia Fischer ’93, Che’ Rhodes ’95, Tom Hagerman ’74, Milton Reigelman, Duncan McClellan and John Irvin, who shared their own personal memories of Powell.
In addition to speakers, Powell’s sister Pamela Powell produced a video containing excerpts from interviews she conducted with several friends and family members that was played during the service. Mark Lucas, Alfred P. and Katherine B. Jobson Professor of English, and Mitzi Elliott, Powell’s longtime business manager, soundtracked some of the best slides of Powell’s work with music that he loved and often played during work sessions.
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 of Powell’s work in the AEGON Gallery at the Jones Visual Art Center (JVAC). The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 12.
by Centre College News
September 27, 2019