The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a local history museum and contemporary art gallery. The Center offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy art works in a variety of media and to learn more about the process of creative expression and the history of New Albany and Floyd County through a range of exhibitions and programs for all ages. The Carnegie Center is host to two permanent exhibitions and a full schedule of changing exhibitions.
See our archive of past Changing Exhibits.
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men & Women of the Underground Railroad
This award-winning exhibit draws the national phenomenon of the Underground Railroad into sharp focus by revealing the contributions of ordinary people, both free and enslaved, whose courageous acts on both sides of the Ohio River helped overthrow the institution of slavery.
Remembered: the Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols
The exhibit guides visitors through Lucy's life. Period documents and letters detail her life as a slave in Tennessee, and post-war life in freedom. Visitors can explore maps that pinpoint the paths she took and examine actual artifacts from the Civil War, including an Enfield rifle and an amputation saw of the same type used by the surgeons of the 23rd Indiana.
Grandpa Makes A Scene: The Yenawine Dioramas
This delightful exhibit is named after its creator Merle Yenawine, who was born and reared in Georgetown, Indiana. He created each diorama based on his childhood memories of small town life at the turn of the last century.
The Artists of the Wonderland Way
The Carnegie Center is pleased to present the exhibit The Artists of the Wonderland Way
, on display January 25 through April 6, 2013, in celebration of New Albany's bicentennial. The exhibit explores artworks created just before World War I and in the inter-war years of the 1920s and 1930s by local artists who were members of the Wonderland Way Art Club.
January 25 – April 6, 2013
New Albany Bicentennial Exhibition: The Artists of the Wonderland Way
Guest Curators: Warren & Julie Payne
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The 1906 opening of the Art Shop in New Albany by James L. Russell created an influential venue for regional art in the Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, area, and a gathering place for such artists as Joseph Krementz, Ferdinand Graham Walker, Harvey Joiner, Paul Plaschke, John Bauscher, Grover Page, Orville Carroll, and Russell and his son, James J. Russell. The Art Shop was a combination art supply shop and gallery, and the Wonderland Way Art Club was born there. The artists who formed the club were inspired by, and took the club's name from, a network of roads, going along the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio to Mount Vernon, Illinois, that was designated the Wonderland Way.
April 12 – April 27, 2013
Floyd County Secondary Schools Art Show & Competition
Awards presentation and reception: Thursday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
May 10 – July 13, 2013
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Explore the world of contemporary art quilts in this national juried exhibit featuring 25 works by artists from across the United States. Over the ten years that this exhibit has been held, it has served to broaden the concept of art quilts and gain recognition for this evolving art form.
June 22, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (Rain Date: June 29)
New Albany Public Art Walk
July 26 – October 5, 2013
Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists Group Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
October 18, 2013 – January 11, 2014
New Albany Bicentennial Exhibition: Tiffany Carbonneau and David Modica
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.