Influential Kentucky glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell has died

World-renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 16. He was 67 years old.

Although Powell taught at Danville’s Centre College, his presence looms large in Louisville. That’s in large part to his former assistants and students who live here, such as Brook White, owner of Flame Run, and Che Rhodes, head of UofL’s glass program.

A private family service has been announced in Danville, Kentucky, but as of now, no public service or memorial in either Danville or Louisville.

Read LEO arts editor Jo Anne Triplett’s review of Powell’s retrospective exhibition and book reveal held at KMAC Museum in 2007.