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.
Earth-Tones: Art Quilts by Penny Sisto
October 24, 2014 – January 10, 2015

The title of this exhibition, Earth-Tones, reflects its focus on two recent series by internationally known fiber artist Penny Sisto.

2014 Exhibitions


October 24, 2014 – January 10, 2015
Earth-Tones: Art Quilts by Penny Sisto
Opening Reception Friday October 24, 6 – 8 pm

The title of this exhibition, Earth-Tones, reflects its focus on two recent series by Penny Sisto. We begin with ‘earth,’ a series that stems from Penny’s experiments with dying fabrics with coffee and then working with them to create subtle quilts that express her impressions of aspects of the stages of life. The coffee-stained fabrics imbue these works with a sense of nature and history. The second part, ‘tones,’ is named for another series of artworks that explore the importance of music to cultural traditions across the globe.

Exhibition Programs