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

GLASS National Art Museum features works from Stephen Rolfe Powell’s Museum Collection, as well as works from other prominent glass artists. The museum also spotlights the life and work of Powell and speaks to the history of the American Studio Glass Movement.

If you are an artist or curator interested in exhibiting at one of our Art Center galleries, please download this PDF document for more information.

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Sales Gallery

The Sales Gallery is the leading gallery for Powell works, featuring over 8 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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Echo 8.5hx 22w x 22d

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Screamer 34.5h x 22w x 15.5d

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Screamer 41h x 27.75w x 15.75d

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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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Whacko 27.75h x 22.75w x 18.75d

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Box 25.75" x 11" x 6"

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    Selections from the Collection

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    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

    View our Program

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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