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Cressman Center for Visual Arts to have event-filled weekend

February 6th, 2007

Grand Opening Weekend: Cressman Center for Visual Arts
Feb. 9–11 (details below)
100 E. Main St.
Admission is free and open to the public.


Che Rhodes heads the UofL glass program.

The temperature on the street may be below freezing, but it’s heating up at the Cressman Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Louisville. In fact, it’s heating up to 2150 degrees. That’s the temperature at which glass melts.

The Cressman Center is the new home of the University of Louisville glass program.

Friday, Feb. 9, glass artist Che Rhodes and his students at the Hite Art Institute will be working with hot glass — and the public is invited to come watch. The work will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Rhodes will give a demonstration at 6:30 p.m.

The demonstrations are just one of the events planned for the weekend:

Feb. 9, 5 p.m. Visiting sculptor Cristin Millet, will speak in the seminar room.

Feb. 10, 4:30–7 p.m. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences will host a reception in conjunction with the A&S Centennial Retrospective Exhibition. The exhibition opened Jan. 24 and will run through Feb. 24 in the gallery space at the center. Regular hours are Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m. Dario Covi, professor emeritus, UofL Hite Art Institute, will talk about the institute’s history. Art history faculty who recently have published books will be on hand to autograph them before or after the talk.

The 12,000-square-foot Cressman Center will house all aspects of the glass program. The hot shop has two furnaces, which Rhodes designed and which he and students built, and two ovens in which artists work the hot glass. The center also has facilities to finish cold glass, a sculpture studio to supplement the studio on Belknap Campus and a seminar room.

Heat from the furnaces will help warm the center during cold months. UofL worked with a mechanical and electrical engineering firm to develop a system that recovers exhausted furnace heat and uses it to heat water that is piped into the center’s boiler. This process supplements traditional heating systems and provides as much as 20 percent of the energy needed to heat the center.

The weekend grand opening activities at the Cressman Center are the official kick off of the College of Arts and Sciences’ yearlong Centennial celebration.

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