art center of the bluegrass to expand and establish a national glass museum

In 2023, the Art Center of the Bluegrass will restore and renovate the 12,600 square foot, structurally sound, historic property adjacent to our current location at 401 W. Main Street. As the Art Center approaches its 20th anniversary, the restoration and renovation of this second building – 415 W. Main Street – will generate new cultural opportunities for
community members and visitors alike, while dramatically transforming the region’s creative arts ecosystem. Our vision for 415 W. Main is to expand the Art Center’s dynamic and inclusive arts community while preserving the legacy of Danville’s internationally famous glassmaker Stephen Rolfe Powell.

Project Goals:

Preserve a large, historic but declining building in the center of Danville by transforming it into a vibrant, active center for the arts.

Establish a glass museum that will honor the extensive artistic legacy of Stephen R. Powell, that will include other glass works by artists such as Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly, and that will attract visitors from around the state and glass enthusiasts from around the world.

Establish a glassblowing studio and educational programming to share both the history of glass and its contemporary artistic applications.

Double the footprint and space of the Art Center of the Bluegrass, allowing for a needed expansion of art programs, private studios, the gift gallery, and possibly an eating/drinking establishment.

Restore the 3rd-floor Ballroom as a new, elegant downtown space for large art classes and events, town meetings, music events, weddings, etc.

“This is a community effort. The Art Center is the catalyst, but the benefit and impact of the expansion will benefit our entire region and state, and it’s exciting to see so much support as we set forth.” – Niki Kinkade, Executive Director

Giving Options:

One-time gift of cash or stocks

Multi-year payment of cash or stocks

IRA Distribution

Support the Project

Having received a one-million-dollar matching gift from Centre College through an anonymous donor, the ArtSee campaign is off to an exciting start. To receive this gift, it must be matched by gifts and pledges totaling a like amount by the end of the 2023 calendar year. Please join us in supporting this project. Your commitment will help secure a total of two-million-dollars in support of this campaign.

Download the ArtSee Campaign Packet here. You can also donate online through the DONATE button. If you would like further information, please contact or 859-236-4054.

Naming Opportunities:

Ballroom Sponsor: $400,000

Glassblowing Studio: $300,000

Museum/Gallery: $500,000

Elevator: $200,000

Rooftop Patio/Bar: $200,000

Education Gallery: $200,000

Upstairs Gallery 401 W. Main: $100,000

Artist Studio: $50,000

Artist Studio: $50,000

Campaign Committee

Niki Kinkade 859-319-7788
Brian Hutzley 607-437-7755
Diana Gilley 859-324-9766
Milton Reigelman 859-583-8499
Richard Trollinger 859-583-6897


ArtSee Campaign Documents

ArtSee Pledge Form

Partners and Matching Million Dollar Grant

Expansion Announcement

Smiley Pete Article

WKYT News Piece

Lane Report

Glass Museum

Exterior of Buildings

Stephen Rolfe Powell