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

Now located at the
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.


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
May 13 - July 9, 2016


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. Over the past thirteen years, Form, Not Function has gained recognition for this evolving art form, and the Carnegie Center is proud to continue serving as a known venue for the exhibition of contemporary art quilts. This year, 20 quilts were selected out of the 281 submitted for consideration from 128 individual artists.


2016 Exhibitions

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Through January 9, 2016
Photography Since the Millennium
Guest Curator C.J. Pressma

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January 22 - April 9, 2016
Bernheim: A Natural Muse
Celebrating 35 Years of the Artist in Residence Program
Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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April 16 - April 30, 2016
Floyd County Secondary Schools Art Show & Competition
Awards presentation and reception: Thursday, April 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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May 13 - July 9, 2016
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibition Programs

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. Over the past thirteen years, Form, Not Function has gained recognition for this evolving art form, and the Carnegie Center is proud to continue serving as a known venue for the exhibition of contemporary art quilts. This year, 20 quilts were selected out of the 281 submitted for consideration from 128 individual artists.

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July 22 - September 17, 2016
Marking Time
Group exhibition co-curated with Agnes Burris
Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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September 30 - October 15, 2016
Mid-America Print Council Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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October 28 - January 21, 2017
Houndmouth: From the Hills to the Limelight
Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm