Art Walk: Preserving the History of New Albany Through Art [Southern Indiana]

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New Albany is celebrating history through the arts this Friday, with an exhibit opening at the Carnegie Center, an art show at the Scribner House Gardens, and an art walk to kick off the first of a four-year celebration of New Albany's bicentennial. 

The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project is a celebration of New Albany's history, and will culminate in the city's 2013 bicentennial. The project features yearly implementations of five outdoor artworks, with each year focusing on a different historical feature. This year's theme is The Ohio River. 

Attend the kick-off celebration at the Carnegie Center from 6:00-6:30 and pick up your free tour booklet with a map of the installation sites and information about the artists and historical themes, then set out on a walking tour of the sites, where you will fine each artist paired with a local historian, ready to tell you the story behind each work of art. Here's a preview of the artists and their creations:

  1. Leticia BajuyoBrew History: All Bottled Up, at the New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse (415 West Bank Street)
  2. J. Daniel GrahamLike String and Cans Through Walls, at the St. Marks United Church of Christ Garden (202 East Spring Street)
  3. John KingRoots Grow Deep, at the River City Winery (319-321 Pearl Street) 
  4. Valerie Sullivan FuchsFlood, at the New Albany YMCA (33 State Street),
  5. Brad WhiteScars into Stars {pictured above}, at 129 West Main Street, across from the site of the former Israel Boarding House building 

In addition to visiting the sites of the five art installations, also be sure to stop by the the New Albany YMCA, which will be hosting a reception from 6-9 that evening, and the newly finished Scribner House Gardens, where an exhibit featuring Public Art Project Artists is going on between now and June 12. In addition, the Carnegie Center is hosting the opening of a new exhibit from 6-8 that evening, Phase Change: Works in Glass by C. Matthew Szösz, on display May 21-July 10, 2010.

Extra parking will be available in the Sprigler parking lot located behind the Carnegie Center. The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project originated from a partnership between the Carnegie Center for Art and History and the Urban Enterprise Association and could not have succeeded without the generous support of Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, the General Mills Foundation, the Tribune, and Michael and Noelle Gohmann.

The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, is a contemporary art gallery and history museum that offers a full schedule of changing exhibitions and other educational programs.  The Carnegie Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am-5:30 pm, and is located at 201 East Spring Street in historic downtown New Albany, Indiana. The Carnegie Center for Art and History is fully accessible.  Admission is free. 

Visit www.carnegiecenter.org for more information on exhibits, events, and classes.

[photo by Kevin McGloshen] 

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