About

“GLASS National Art Museum” features the museum collection of internationally known artist Stephen Rolfe Powell, who is widely recognized as a hot glass master of color. The Art Center acquired the collection in 2023 with the goals of keeping the collection together and sharing it with the public. The museum will also feature works by Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra along with other prominent artists. 

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Exhibits

The main gallery space features glass works from the Art Center’s Stephen Rolfe Powell Museum Collection.  The work in this space will rotate annually.  The historic hallway gallery spotlights the life and work of Powell and speaks to the timeline and history of glass blowing.  The third glass gallery will showcase works from the Art Center’s permanent glass collection as well as rotating exhibitions from both regional and national glass artists. 
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Selections from the Collection

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Sales Gallery

The Sales Gallery is the leading gallery for Powell works, featuring over 20 Powell works for purchase.  The Sales Gallery shares the hours of the Museum.  The online sales gallery below shows a selection of works from the Gallery.  For inquiries, contact Emma Scott, Museum Director, at 859-236-4054.  

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Box 26.75h x 11w x 6d

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Bulb-Teaser 46h x 19.5w x 19.5 d

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Bulb-Teaser 48h x 19w x 19d

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Bulb-Teaser 54.5h x 21.5w x 23d

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Echo 8.5hx 22w x 22d

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Echo 8.12h x 24.5w x 24.5d

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Screamer 34.5h x 22w x 15.5d

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Screamer 37.75h x 26.75w x 16d

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Screamer 41h x 24w x 17d

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Screamer 41h x 27.75w x 15.75d

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Teardrop 27h x 11w x 6d

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Teaser 40h x 24w x 14d

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Teaser 48.25h x 25w x 6.25d

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Teaser 49.25h x 18.5w x 18.5d

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Teaser 49.75h x 25.75w x 6.5d

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Teaser 50.5h x 22.5 w x 11.25d

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Whacko 27.75h x 22.75w x 18.75d

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Whacko 27.75h x 23w x 18.75d

    Murrini Café

    “Murrini Café” seamlessly blends the flavors of art and cuisine. Murrini Café features small plates, salads, charcuterie, sweets, wine, and other specialty items.  

    The museum cafe is located next door to the Museum in the 409 West building.

    Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm.

    Murrini Café Website
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    Stephen Rolfe Powell

    Stephen Rolfe Powell was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951. He studied painting and ceramics at Centre College and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1974. After working as an art instructor at Draper State Prison and Indian Springs School, Powell attended LSU in 1980 and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1983. It was during this period that Powell first encountered hot glass, which quickly became his obsession.

     

     

    Stephen Rolfe Powell