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.
Photography Since the Millennium
October 9, 2015 - January 9, 2016
In recent years, and with increasing speed, the art form of photography has expanded to include work that is no longer bound by the expectation to capture and depict reality. Curated by C.J. Pressma, this exhibit is filled with artwork by artists who use photography - and/or photographic elements - to express highly personal, creative visions.
January 23 - April 4, 2015
Held from Beneath:
An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability
Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 6 - 8 pm
Held from Beneath includes an exhibition and events featuring visual art, poetry, music and performance that explore the concept of cultural sustainability. The exhibit features: Andy Perez, Camera Lucida (Roxell Karr & Jon Silpayamanant), Cynthia Norton/Ninnie Noises, David Iacovazzi-Pau, Erin Keane, Joyce Ogden, Rowland Ricketts, Russel Hulsey, Sara Soltau, Shelley Vaughn Hulsey, Shohei Katayama and Susanna Crum.
April 11 - April 23, 2015
Floyd County Secondary Schools Art Show & Competition
Reception: Thursday, April 23, 5 - 6 pm, Carnegie Center; Awards Ceremony: 6:30 - 8 pm, New Albany High School Auditorium
May 8 - July 11, 2015
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 6 - 8 pm
June 6, 2015, 6 - 9 pm (Rain Date: June 7)
New Albany Public Art Walk
July 24 - September 26, 2015
David Iacovazzi-Pau: Paintings and Works on Paper
Opening Reception: Friday, July 24, 6 - 8 pm
Born 1978 in Luxembourg, David Iacovazzi-Pau began his education in fine arts from the age of 15 in Belgium. He later attended the Centre Académique des Arts in Luxembourg and immigrated to the United States in 1997, studying at Indiana University Southeast. Iacovazzi-Pau's work focuses on the human figure and is a visual diary of the people he encounters. His series reveal different aspects of the sitters and the link between their physical appearance and personality. David writes, "My aim is to portray idiosyncrasies and evoke the mood of the subject in order for the portrait to have an accurate likeness and affect. The work reflects what I sense about a person and is a documentation of my community."
October 16, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Photography Since the Millennium
Guest Curator C.J. Pressma
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, 6 - 8 pm
Since its inception, photography has been burdened with the idea that its purpose is to capture and depict reality. But in recent years, and with increasing speed, the art form has expanded to include work that is no longer bound by this expectation. Curated by C.J. Pressma, this exhibit is filled with artwork by artists who use photography - and/or photographic elements - to express highly personal, creative visions.