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.
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
May 8 - July 11, 2015

On May 8 - July 11, 2015, the Carnegie Center for Art & History will present Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, an exhibition exploring the world of contemporary art quilts. This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts.

2015 Exhibitions


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

Exhibition Programs


June 6, 2015, 6 - 9 pm (Rain Date: June 7)
New Albany Public Art Walk


July 24 - September 26, 2015
Self-portraits by David Iacovazzi-Pau
Opening Reception: Friday, July 24, 6 - 8 pm


October 9, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Photography Since the Millennium
Guest Curator C.J. Pressma
Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 6 - 8 pm