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 Carnegie Center is pleased to present the exhibit Of Place
, on display October 18, 2013 through January 11, 2014. In 2013, New Albany marks the bicentennial of the founding of the city by brothers Joel, Abner and Nathaniel Scribner. As New Albany's bicentennial year comes to an end, the exhibition "Of Place" turns our attention to New Albany today and the future of our community. "Of Place" presents artworks by Tiffany Carbonneau and David Modica, two contemporary New Albany artists that speak to their experiences of living in New Albany today.
July 26 – October 5, 2013
Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists Group Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Founded in 1995, Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA) is an organization of local visual artists whose work encompasses various surface design and construction techniques. The exhibit includes work by LAFTA members Lisa Austin, Gweneth A. Dunleavy, Judy Goodwin, Linda Witte Henke, Gloria Kemper-O'Neill, Trish Korte, Bette Levy, Kathleen Loomis, Sallie Manassah, Pamela Mattei, Alyce McDonald, Susan Mercke, Luci Mistratov, Mary Nehring, Leigh Payne, Marti Plager, Jenna Richards, Felice Sachs, Beth Schnellenberger, Pat Sturtzel, Kit Tossman, Joanne Weis, and Suzi Zimmerer. Please visit www.laftalouisville.org for more information on Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists.
October 18, 2013 – January 11, 2014
New Albany Bicentennial Exhibition: Of Place
Tiffany Carbonneau and David Modica
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
As New Albany's bicentennial year comes to an end, our attention turns to New Albany today and the future of our community. The exhibition Of Place presents artworks by Tiffany Carbonneau and David Modica, two contemporary New Albany artists that speak to their experiences of living here today. Their different perspectives influence their points-of-view on the city — one is a longtime resident, the other recently moved here. They both work in relatively new art media — one with photography, the other with video. The combination of their approaches also connects to a theme that finds its way into most discussions about place and culture today, namely the relationship between local and global experiences and societal issues. David Modica's photographs explore the stories, characters and places that a resident gets to know intimately when he interacts with the community. He gives us a glimpse of multiple perspectives and experiences that individuals have of our community on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the videos of Tiffany Carbonneau place New Albany in a global context as a mid-sized city located on a major waterway. Her documentations of similar places around the world strive to show us just how similar our local experience is to that of others around the world.