Arts and Humanities Local News

New Albany Art Walk Celebrates History

by Stephanie Crosby

The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project kicks off tomorrow night with an art walk. Director Julie Schweitzer says there are five art installations that each depict a different aspect of New Albany history.

In one, she says, the artist looks at the local history of breweries and taverns.

“Her piece was made like a giant Lite-Brite out of beer bottles,” says Schweitzer. “The community participated, they brought the bottles and took the labels off, and she made new labels for each of the bottles that represented the breweries that used to be part of New Albany.”

Other art pieces look at floods and early settlement in the area. New Albany’s bicentennial is in 2013.

Friday’s art walk starts at six p-m.

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Julie Schweitzer is the director of the New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project which recently chose five regional artists who are making site-specific art work for historically significant sites in the city.

Sculptor Brad White is making a piece relating to the Underground Railroad, while Valerie Fuchs is creating a video about the 1937 flood that will be projected on the new YMCA building near a floodwall.

Schweitzer says the artists already have started their work.

“They are site specific and history specific to New Albany,” says Schweitzer, “so they have been working on those pieces and we’ve already had done some tests on sites. And then they’ll start installing those pieces in April.”

Schweitzer says the project’s Web page is following the making of the work and the places their work will be installed.

“There’s information on each of the artists and on each of the sites and the histories that correspond with those sites,” she says. “And there’s a place where you can send comments to me, which has been invaluable because I’ve found so many connections and histories.”

Schweitzer says an opening reception is in May for the currently chosen pieces as well as other events.

“Through the year, there’ll be events associated with those pieces,” she says. “So, there’ll be different kinds of walks and history talks and art talks that are associated with the project all year long.”

The project will have other art pieces installed over the next four years. It’s funded in part by the Carnegie Center for Art and History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association.