The mission of New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is to provide a not-for-profit (non-commercial) exhibition space for current Midwestern artists and to promote discourse about and access to contemporary art in the southern Indiana region. Since its inception in 1975, New Harmony Gallery has provided an exhibition space for young and mid-career artists to show their work in a professional setting; and further, to provide a venue for contemporary art to the general public. The cornerstone of the Gallery’s mission is education and access through a carefully planned series of eight exhibitions per year. The exhibition series, which explores contemporary art concepts, is intended to provide increased opportunity for artists and the public to engage in discourse on and about the arts and culture.
An Unfamiliar Performance: Frances Golden’s Journey through WWI
Located in Thrall's Opera House Through January 2019
In the late 19th Century, New Harmony was home to a well-respected troupe of professional actors and musicians. The nucleus of the theatrical company consisted of the Golden Family: Martin Sr. and his wife Bella along with their 4 children (Martin Jr., William, Grace, and Frances). Their costumes, backdrops, and props were described as elaborate and elegant. These are the artifacts that today make up the Golden Troupe Collection that is owned by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
The Golden Troupe is a permanent exhibition in Thrall’s Opera House, which served as their home theatre. Each year, a different aspect of the Troupe is explored. This year’s display focuses on Frances Golden, the youngest of the Golden Family who entertained troops for the YMCA during WWI.
The exhibit can be seen on Historic New Harmony’s guided walking tours. Tours take place at 1 pm daily from the Atheneum/Visitors Center.
Caption- Photograph of Frances Golden in her YMCA uniform, c.1918-1919. Collection of the Working Men’s Institute
Leota Williams Loop: A Dream that Blossomed
Located in the Scholle House Through December 2018
View artwork by Hoosier artist Leota Loop (1893-1961), best known for her floral still life paintings and landscapes of the scenic hills of Brown County.
Leota was a frequent exhibitor in the Hoosier Salon annual exhibition and the H. Lieber Galleries in Indianapolis, which represented prominent Indiana artists including: T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, and fellow Hoosier Group artists. One highlight of the exhibit is Pink Peonies in Copper, painted in 1961 to commemorate the state adopting the peony as the state flower.
The exhibit can be seen on Historic New Harmony’s guided walking tours. Tours take place at 1 pm daily from the Atheneum/Visitors Center.Information on the tour program and how to obtain tickets may be found at www.newharmony.org. The exhibition was produced by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
Maximilian-Bodmer Exhibit - Located in the Lichtenberger Building.
A unique collection of original aquatints and etchings documenting an important expedition to the Western United States. This expedition has connections to the New Harmony scientific community, due to its long stay in town.
Hoosier Salon's First Brush of Spring Paint Out
Hoosier Salon's New Harmony Gallery offers a series of events celebrating the arts in New Harmony.
Heritage Artisans Days
April 16, 17 & 18, 2019
Annual celebration of 19th century crafts, featuring authentic demonstrators. Special programs available for schools.
Traditional Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2019 @ 10 a.m.
Atheneum Visitors Center
Join community members and visitors for music and patriotic speeches at the Atheneum/Visitors Center beginning at 10:00 AM. Kiwanis Golf Cart Parade and a traditional community picnic featuring music, food, games, contests and free root beer in Maclure Park to follow.
Sept. 21-22, 2019
Kunstfest is a traditional celebration of German foods, music and crafts designed to honor the heritage of New Harmony ’s original founders sponsored by the New Harmony Business Associates.
Global Crossroads Multicultural Festival
October 27, 2018 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Global Crossroads is a multicultural festival that celebrates food, music, education and culture from all over the globe. This day-long festival will highlight the diverse cultures that make up southwest Indiana. Celebrate inclusiveness from southern Indiana.
Christmas in New Harmony
December 1-2, 2018
A family event with activities ranging from “Breakfast with Santa” to an “Ornament Make & Take” to seasonal music. Also enjoy a performance of the “Nutcracker”, carriage rides, shopping for unique artisan items at the Granary, as well as shopping at the Ribeyre Gym. Of course you won't want to miss the Christmas Parade.
For more yearly events in town, check out New Harmony's Community Calendar