Oct
1
to Oct 1

Carnegie Center for Art and History: New Albany Flow Park

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Anticipated completion, fall 2019

A collaboration between the Carnegie and the community, the park will be placed beside the Ohio River between the Amphitheater and the Sherman Minton Bridge.  This non-traditional public art project features steamboat, bridges, and Ohio River Valley landscape and waterscape motifs.



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Kentucky Fine Arts Gallery: Elements
Aug
6
to Oct 11

Kentucky Fine Arts Gallery: Elements

“Elements” will be an exhibition at the Kentucky Fine Arts Gallery celebrating the beauty of the Ohio River and the surrounding area. Featured artists are David Schuster, Robert Halliday, Jaime Corum, Greta Mattingly, Susan Hackworth and Mike McCarthy. More information here

Image by Greta Mattingly, “Down by the River” 30 x 24 Oil on Canvas


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Carnegie Center for Art and History: Nautical Nostalgia: New Albany and the Steamboat Era
Jun
14
to Aug 31

Carnegie Center for Art and History: Nautical Nostalgia: New Albany and the Steamboat Era

Strategically situated on the Ohio River, New Albany, Indiana, was once one of the nation’s most prolific steamboat-building cities. While the industry quickly faded, the steamboat as symbol of New Albany’s identity has endured many generations. Through material culture—artworks, photographs, ephemera, and other objects—discover the history of the steamboat in New Albany from its heyday in the nineteenth century, to the twenty-first century nostalgia for a mighty bygone Steamboat Era.

From 1818, when the first steamboat was built in New Albany, through the 1870s, the steamboat was the core industry for this bustling river town. At least 290 boats were built in New Albany, but only one was built in the 20th century in 1904. New Albany artist George W. Morrison’s (1820-1893) paintings, both portraiture and landscapes, offer a glimpse into the social and economic role steamboats played during the height of the Steamboat Era. In his portrait of George Lee and Pamela Maynard Williams Hosea, the Kentucky couple’s farmhouse window looks out upon the Ohio River, New Albany’s fire house, and New Albany steamboat the Alex Scott. 

This exhibition features many never-before exhibited objects from the Carnegie Center’s collection, as well as the Floyd County Library Stuart B. Wrege Indiana Room. Among the highlighted subjects will be the great steamboat Baltic that was built in New Albany and captained by the Meekin family. New Albany artist Ferdinand Graham Walker (1859-1927) captured the famous 1858 race between the Baltic and the Diana in his painting A Steamboat Race on the Mississippi. Other memorabilia include furniture that was aboard the same ship.

While the show features many objects from the 19th century, man other items, such as a photograph of the Robert E. Lee steamboat replica tour bus from the 1966 Floyd County, Indiana Sesquicentennial parade, illustrate the endurance of the steamboat as both symbol of the community and economic driver.

From social status marker to kitschy marketing gimmick, images of the Ohio River steamboat are rooted in a shared sense of pride in place that is distinctly New Albany. 

Carnegie Center for Art and History - Sally Newkirk Gallery

Image credit: George W. Morrison, George Lee and Pamela Maynard Willaims Hosea, 1848. Oil on canvas. Floyd County Library Collection. 

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Moremen Gallery: Dudley Zopp
Jun
7
to Jul 6

Moremen Gallery: Dudley Zopp

Dudley Zopp - Landscapes, Vessels and Jars / June 7 thru July 6

Moremen Gallery / 710 W Main, second level, Louisville.

Dudley Zopp returns to Louisville to participate in “AFLOAT: an Ohio River Way of Life.”

Dudley Zopp, former Louisville artist and Zephyr Gallery member, will exhibit this summer at the Moreman Gallery as another exhibition in the series of historic and contemporary art exhibitions celebrating the Ohio River, that are grouped under the banner of AFLOAT: An Ohio River Way of Life.

Read more about this exhibition HERE

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Kleinhelter Gallery: Work from the Ohio River
Mar
2
to May 4

Kleinhelter Gallery: Work from the Ohio River

Artist Ray Kleinhelter has long been inspired by the Ohio River, even refurbishing an old cruiser to be a floating studio.   Kleinhelter’s paintings and drawings balance between description of the river and its shoreline, and a concern for abstract order.  Kleinhelter’s gift for color and rhythmic composition make his work a vital addition to the long roll call of artists selecting the Ohio River Valley as their principal subject matter.  There will be an open house on March 2nd from 1pm-7pm.

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Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage: James Pate: Many Rivers to Cross
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage: James Pate: Many Rivers to Cross

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Artist James Pate's panorama depicting African American struggles for freedom from Africa to the Underground Railroad to Civil Rights protests in Louisville, will be put on view for the first time. There will also be a reception for other new permanent installations and lectures on Colonel Charles Young.

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Frazier History Museum: The Art of Drifting: the Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard
Feb
20
to May 5

Frazier History Museum: The Art of Drifting: the Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard

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The least-known, but arguably the best, of Harlan Hubbard’s artistic media are his watercolors. Fresh, improvisational, and spontaneous, Hubbard’s watercolors are visual equivalents to the lively, brief descriptions of the natural world found in his journals. Like Hubbard’s observations of the natural world, the watercolors are notable for their immediacy and for the artist’s enthrallment with the sights he encountered in his life along waterways. This will be the largest exhibition of Hubbard watercolors to date. The University Press of Kentucky is scheduled to publish a book on the watercolors in 2020. Opening reception on Sunday, February 24 , 2 - 4 pm.

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garner narrative contemporary fine art: Angie Reed Garner - Shantyboating
Jan
16
to Mar 29

garner narrative contemporary fine art: Angie Reed Garner - Shantyboating

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I had no theories to prove. I merely wanted to try living by my own hands, independent as far as possible from a system of division of labor in which the participant loses most of the pleasure of making and growing things for himself. — Harlan Hubbbard

Shantyboating begins from and returns to Harlan Hubbard's ethos of human dignity through self-determined labor with the central symbol of a shantyboat - a small crude houseboat from times now past.  Garner paints allegories of conflict, injustice and resistance. Mules and boats counter hostile ideas about bootstrapping and homelessness. Invasive plants, fish and birds reference economic migration and refugees.

Garner writes, "There is no simple read on the paintings because the territory I cover isn’t simple. Layered, multidirectional narratives ask a lot from people. I promise the works are lucid even when surreal; that’s metaphor at work. I demand my paintings be meaningful. I’m surprised by the beauty that comes about from painting as truthfully as I can about un-beautiful things."

Shantyboating is just one part of "Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life," a regional celebration of the Ohio River. "Afloat..." was inspired by the works of Kentucky's Thoreau, Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988), and takes place throughout 2019 in several museums, galleries and academic organizations.

The opening reception is concurrent with Currents: Contemporary Artists Along the Banks of the Ohio at Swanson Contemporary, with over a dozen regional contemporary artists reflecting on the Ohio River.

View the show online: 

http://angiereedgarner.com/shantyboating.html

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Jan
1
to Aug 30

Carnegie Center for Art and History: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad

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Ongoing Exhibition

The Ohio was the symbolic and literal boundary between enslavement and freedom for thousands of African Americans. The exhibition is focused on the heroic contributions of the men and women of New Albany who aided the freedom seekers.


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