The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, serves as a cultural resource for the education and enjoyment of the citizens of Floyd County and the surrounding metro area. To fulfill that mission we collect, preserve, and interpret the history and heritage of Floyd County; promote an appreciation of and participation in the visual arts; and preserve the historic Carnegie Library building in which the museum is housed.
Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American industrialist, used his vast wealth to fund his passion for free access to education and literacy. In his lifetime he funded thousands of libraries, schools and universities around the world, donating the modern equivalent of more than 76 billion dollars of his fortune.
Indiana is home to more Carnegie libraries than any other state and New Albany is just one town that benefited from Andrew Carnegie’s generosity. Our stunning home was designed by famed Louisville architectural firm of Clark and Loomis, which would later go on to design the Speed Art Museum. Construction on the library began in 1902 and was completed in 1904.
The building served as the town’s library for 65 years. In 1969, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library moved into much larger premises at 180 West Spring Street, where it remains today.
After the newly vacated former library building was threatened with demolition, a group of citizens formed the Floyd County Museum in 1971 as a local history museum and art gallery. The Floyd County Museum was incorporated into the New Albany-Floyd Couny Public Library in 1988.
After a major renovation in 1998, the museum was renamed the Carnegie Center for Art and History. The name better reflects our library heritage and mission to protect the historic building, to collect, preserve and interpret local history and to promote an appreciation of and participation in the visual arts.
The Carnegie Center for Art and History stands as testament to the dedication of New Albany’s residents – to preserve our town and our region’s past, to educate our children, and to celebrate the arts.
The Carnegie Center is pleased to be a member of the United States National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. The Network to Freedom was implemented with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998 as an effort to connect and preserve local historical places and museums associated with the Underground Railroad. More information on the Network to Freedom can be found here. The Carnegie Center’s membership in the Network to Freedom strengthens our mission to preserve the history of New Albany and provide that history to a national network.
Carnegie, Inc. is hiring a part-time Museum Educator as we launch a new and expanded education program! Passionate art and history educators are invited to apply.
The Carnegie Center for Art and History is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission
Eileen has worked in museums and higher education for more than sixteen years. She earned her PhD in art history in 2017 with a specialization in nineteenth-century American landscape painting.
Daniel is an occasional artist and full-time curator who’s been working with galleries and museums since — as he elegantly describes it — the turn of the century. With a degree in Sculpture and Drawing, as well as an affection for soccer, marketing, and Banksy, he’s definitely the Center’s resident Renaissance man. However, and when his mind isn’t on art or soccer, it’s often filled with thoughts of wolves, conspiracy theories, or playing an endless loop of the opening riff from Smoke on the Water. So, yes. He’s also a little bit different.
Al is our Coordinator of Public Programs and Engagement at the Center, but he’s worn many different hats during his career. His credits include a stint as Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Louisville Visual Art Association, Director of StudioWorks, and arts writer for Kentucky Homes and Gardens magazine. Al has been an exhibiting artist and an active advocate for the local and regional visual arts for over 30 years.
Delesha has been the smiling face of the Center since 2007, but has actually worked with the Library for over 25 years. She’s an avid reader who loves to spend time with her grandkids, and she’s very involved with her church. Not surprisingly, Delesha is also never shy to profess her love for New Albany.
Robin L Miller