Exhibits

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 Potential in Everything
January 24 – April 5, 2014


The Potential in Everything features the artworks of Albertus Gorman and R. Michael Wimmer, two artists for whom collecting objects and art making go hand-in-hand. For the past ten years, Albertus Gorman has concentrated his art activities on the geographic area of the Falls of the Ohio State Park, making his artworks out of only materials that he finds along the Ohio River in that location. R. Michael Wimmer begins each artwork he creates by gathering piles of objects that he pulls out of his collection – collecting from within his own collection to see what objects are visually interesting together.


2014 Exhibitions

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January 24 – April 5, 2014
The Potential in Everything
Albertus Gorman and R. Michael Wimmer
Opening Reception: Friday January 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Potential in Everything features the artworks of Albertus Gorman and R. Michael Wimmer, two artists for whom collecting objects and art making go hand-in-hand. For the past ten years, Albertus Gorman has concentrated his art activities on the geographic area of the Falls of the Ohio State Park, making his artworks out of only materials that he finds along the Ohio River in that location. His lone tools are a Swiss Army knife and a camera that he uses to document his creations. R. Michael Wimmer begins each artwork he creates by gathering piles of objects that he pulls out of his collection – collecting from within his own collection to see what objects are visually interesting together. He then works from the piles to select the final objects that will make up each sculpture.

Exhibition Programs

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April 12 – April 26, 2014
Floyd County Secondary Schools Art Show & Competition
Awards presentation and reception: Thursday, April 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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May 9 – July 12, 2014
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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July 25 – October 11, 2014
Paintings by Rebecca Norton and Nicolas Jorcino
Opening Reception: Friday, July 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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October 24, 2014 – January 10, 2015
Penny Sisto
Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.