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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. Before attending graduate school at Louisiana State University, Powell spent several years as an art instructor, first at the Draper State Prison and later at the Indian Springs School in Alabama. Between 1980 and 1983, he attended LSU and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. It was during this time that Powell had his first experience with hot glass and it has since become a full-time obsession. His daily life revolves around it, whether he is teaching glass at Centre College or producing his own work.

 

2013                                      Huntsville Museum of Art                                                     Huntsville, Alabama

Ken Saunders Gallery                                                          Chicago, Illinois

 

2012                                      Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts                                       Montgomery, Alabama

2011                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

 

2010                                      Grand Theater                                                                     Frankfort, Kentucky

Ogle Center                                                                         New Albany, Indiana

Hunter Museum of American Art                                           Chattanooga, Tennessee

2009                                      d”Art Center                                                                        Norfolk, Virginia

Hawk Gallery                                                                       Columbus, Ohio

2008                                      Janice Mason Art Museum                                                   Cadiz, Kentucky

2007                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

Marta Hewett Gallery                                                            Cincinnati, Ohio

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft                                       Louisville, Kentucky

2006                                      Foundry Art Centre                                                              St. Charles, Missouri

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2005                                      Concept Art Gallery                                                             Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hawk Gallery                                                                       Columbus, Ohio

Muskegon Museum of Art                                                    Muskegon, Michigan

2004                                      R. Duane Reed Galleries                                                      St. Louis, Missouri

Tobin-Hewett Gallery                                                            Louisville, Kentucky

2003                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

2001                                      Marta Hewett Gallery at Glassworks                                      Louisville, Kentucky

2000                                      Marx Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

Gallerie Alegria                                                                    Birmingham, Alabama

1999                                      Blue Spiral 1                                                                       Asheville, North Carolina

Marta Hewett Gallery                                                            Cincinnati, Ohio

Compositions Gallery                                                          San Francisco, California

Nantucket Glass Works                                                       Nantucket, Massachusetts

Riley Hawk Gallery                                                               Columbus, Ohio

1998                                      Habatat Galleries                                                                 Pontiac, Michigan

1997                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

Suzanne Brown Gallery                                                        Scottsdale, Arizona

Glass Artists’ Gallery                                                           Sydney, Australia

Masterworks Gallery                                                            Auckland, New Zealand

1996                                      Marta Hewett Gallery                                                            Cincinnati, Ohio

Riley Hawk Gallery                                                               Columbus, Ohio

Riley Hawk Gallery                                                               Cleveland, Ohio

Suzanne Brown Gallery                                                        Scottsdale, Arizona

1995                                      Habatat Galleries                                                                 Boca Raton, Florida

Blue Spiral 1                                                                       Asheville, North Carolina

Linda Schwartz Gallery                                                         Lexington, Kentucky

1994                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                                                         Chicago, Illinois

Galerie L                                                                             Hamburg, Germany

Habatat Galleries                                                                 Aspen, Colorado

Bell Gallery                                                                         Memphis, Tennessee

1993                                      Habatat Galleries                                                                 Farmington Hills, Michigan

Marta Hewett Gallery                                                            Cincinnati, Ohio

Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation                                       Louisville, Kentucky

1992                                      Habatat Galleries                                                                 Boca Raton, Florida

Kimzey Miller Gallery                                                           Seattle, Washington

Harris Gallery                                                                      Houston, Texas

Kirvan Bartoszewicz Gallery                                                 Palm Springs, California

1991                                      Habatat Galleries                                                                 Farmington Hills, Michigan

Habatat Galleries                                                                 Boca Raton, Florida

Kirvan Bartoszewicz Gallery                                                 Palm Springs, California

1990                                      Kimzey Miller Gallery                                                           Seattle, Washington

Kirvan Bartoszewicz Gallery                                                 Palm Springs, California

Sarah Squeri Gallery                                                            Cincinnati, Ohio

1989                                      Harris Gallery                                                                      Houston, Texas

1988                                      Swanson Cralle Gallery                                                        Louisville, Kentucky

International Glass Invitational             Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

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2000                       International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Boca Raton, Florida

SOFA                                                   Marx Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

The Italian Influence:Contemporary Glass   Wood Street Galleries                            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Southeastern Glass Invitational              Blue Spiral 1 Gallery                              Asheville, North Carolina

                              Glass America                                      Heller Gallery                                       New York, New York

Stockbridge Glass Invitational                Holsten Galleries                                   Stockbridge, Massachusetts

SOFA                                                   Riley Hawk Galleries                              New York, New York

Millennium Glass Invitational                  Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation         Louisville, Kentucky

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

Hidden Talents                                      Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation         Louisville, Kentucky

Two For 2000                                        Blue Spiral 1 Gallery                              Asheville, North Carolina

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1999                       International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Boca Raton, Florida

SOFA                                                   Marx-Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

15 Years on Main Street                         Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation         Louisville, Kentucky

Glass Weekend                                     Wheaton Village                                    Millville, New Jersey

KY’s Best:New Works From Old Friends Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation        Louisville, Kentucky

Vessels: A National Glass Invitational     Ellen Noël Art Museum                          Odessa, Texas

SOFA                                                   Seventh Regiment Armory                     New York, New York

Southern Glass Now!                             d’Art Center                                           Norfolk, Virginia

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

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1998                       Venezia Aperto Vetro                             Palazzo Ducale                                     Venice, Italy

SOFA                                                   Marx-Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

20th Anniversary Glass Invitational           Holsten Galleries                                   Stockbridge, Massachusetts

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

Glass America ’98                                 Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

SOFA                                                   Seventh Regiment Armory                     New York, New York

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Boca Raton, Florida

1997                       Glorious Glass                                      Owensboro Museum Of Fine Art            Owensboro, Kentucky

Blowing Hot, Cutting Cold:                     Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Peoria, Illinois

35th Anniv. of Studio Glass Movement   The Cleveland Museum of Art                Cleveland, Ohio

Arte En Vidrio                                       Museo del Vidrio                                   Monterey, Mexico

Currents in Contemporary Glass             Woodstreet Gallery/Concept Art Gallery  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Art Glass ’97                                         Hanson Gallery                                      Knoxville, Tennessee

International Glass Invitational (25th)      Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

A Marriage of Earth and Fire                  Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation            Louisville, Kentucky

SOFA                                                   Coconut Grove Convention Center         Miami, Florida

Art Festival                                           Temple Beth-El                                      St. Petersburg

Glass America ‘97                                 Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

1996                       Master Works in Contemp. Glass           TriArt Gallery                                         Louisville, Kentucky

A Museum in the Making:                       The Scottsdale Center for the Arts          Scottsdale, Arizona

SOFA                                                   Marx-Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

Glass Focus II: The Vessel and              Blue Spiral 1 Gallery                              Asheville, North Carolina

Related Forms

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

SOFA                                                   Coconut Grove Convention Center         Miami, Florida

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Boca Raton, Florida

Glass America ’96                                 Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

Art Glass “96                                         Hanson’s Artsource Inc.                         Knoxville, Tennessee

 

1995                       Group Show                                          Riley Hawk Gallery                                 Columbus, Ohio

SOFA                                                   Marx-Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

Glass America ’95                                 Heller Gallery                                         New York , New York

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Pontiac, Michigan

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Boca Raton, Florida

Alabama Impact                                    Museum of the South                            Mobile, Alabama

(touring)                                                Huntsville Museum of Art                       Huntsville, Alabama

Intl Survey of Contemporary Art Glass    Concept Art Gallery                               Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Contemporary Glass                              Craft Alliance Gallery                             St. Louis, Missouri

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1994                       Contemporary Art Cincinnati                   Contemporary Arts Center                      Cincinnati, Ohio

Glass Invitational                                   Hodgell Gallery                                     Sarasota, Florida

Contemporary Glass Invitational             Concept Art Gallery                               Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Glass America 1994                Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

Transitions ’94                                       Paramount Art Center                            Ashland, Kentucky

(touring)                                                Southeast Community College               Cumberland, Kentucky

Yeiser Art Center                                   Paducah, Kentucky

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Farmington Hills, Michigan

Centre Glass                                         Elizabethtown Community College          Elizabethtown, Kentucky

 

1993                       Harmony in Glass                                  Marx Gallery                                          Chicago, Illinois

Glass America 1993                Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

Contemporary Glass                              Museum of Art                                      Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Leight Collection                                   J.B. Speed Art Museum                         Louisville, Kentucky

Contemporary Traditions                        The Kentucky Museum                           Bowling Green, Kentucky

New Art Forms                                      Marx-Saunders Gallery                           Chicago, Illinois

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Farmington Hills, Michigan

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1992                       Cristalomancia                                      Rufino Tamayo Museum                        Mexico City, Mexico

Cristalomancia                                      Museo de Arte Contemporaneo              Monterrey, Mexico

Europ’ Art                                                            Gen`ve-Palexpo                                    Geneva, Switzerland

Glass America 1992                               Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Farmington Hills, Michigan

Group Show                                          Marta Hewett Gallery                              Cincinnati, Ohio

200 Years of Kentucky Craft                  Owensboro Museum and the                  Owensboro, Kentucky

(touring)                                                Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation         Louisville, Kentucky

1991                       International Glass Invitational                Habatat Galleries                                   Farmington Hills, Michigan

Glass America 1991                Heller Gallery                                         New York, New York

Exhibitor                                               New Art Form Exposition, Navy Pier       Chicago, Illinois

Group Show                                          Lane Gallery                                          San Diego, California

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1990                       Contemporary Glass                              Contemporary Crafts Gallery                  Portland, Oregon

Two-Person Show                                 Kimzey Miller Gallery                             Seattle, Washington

Group Show                                          National Glass Inv., Kidd Gallery            Birmingham, Michigan

Centre Glass                                         The Parthenon, Centennial Park              Nashville, Tennessee

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1989                       Kentucky Glass                                     Central Library Exhibition Gallery            Lexington, Kentucky

Southeastern Glass                               The Pavilion, Atlanta Arts Festival          Atlanta, Georgia

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1988                       Focus on Kentucky: Glass                     Capitol Arts Center                                Bowling Green, Kentucky

Gallery 15 Collection(best of show)        Stairways Gallery                                   Louisville, Kentucky

1987                       Four Person Show                                 Joan Robey Gallery                               Denver, Colorado

Works in Clay and Glass                        Harris Gallery                                        Houston, Texas

Exhibition 280: Works off Walls             Huntington Museum                               Huntington, West Virginia

Gallery 15 Collection(best of show)        Stairways Gallery                                   Louisville, Kentucky

1986                       Glass Art National                                 Downey Museum of Art                         Downey, California

Spotlight ’86                                         University Gallery, University of Florida  Gainesville, Florida

Put the Lid On                                       Joan Robey Gallery                               Denver, Colorado

Raku Invitational                                    Artworks Gallery                                    Seattle, Washington

1985                       A Clear Vision                                       Sara Squeri Gallery                                Cincinnati, Ohio

Art of Five                                            Morlan Gallery/Transylvania University    Lexington, Kentucky

Summer Faculty Show                           Baxter Gallery/Portland School of Art     Portland, Maine

Ceramics:The Oriental Influence              The Arts Council of Wilson                     Wilson, North Carolina

The Regionalists                                    Owensboro Museum of Fine Art             Owensboro, Kentucky

LaGrange National

(purchase award)                                   Lamar Dodd Art Center                          LaGrange, Georgia

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1984                       Introduction ’84                                     Harris Gallery                                        Houston, Texas

Spotlight ’84                                         University of Kentucky                           Lexington, Kentucky