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Business 101 | Eileen Yanoviak, Ph.D

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-55-04-amEileen Yanoviak, Ph.D.

Director

Carnegie Center for Art and History

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

My life is dedicated to non-profit community work every day! I also serve on the Board of the Southeastern College Art Conference; Generation WOW Mentor; former Big Brothers Big Sisters Arts Workplace Mentor.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

I would like to see the arts and culture sector in Southern Indiana experience exponential growth. The arts enhance quality of life and build a creative capital that attracts and retains talent for regional businesses. The arts are valuable contributors to the business economy­–$61 billion nationwide each year. Southern Indiana can have a bigger piece of that pie.

 

Who or what motivates you?

My passion for putting art and history in the hands and minds of more people, regardless of race, gender, age, and socio-economics, is the core principle that motivates me every day. Artists and historians are storytellers – how can I share those stories more broadly?

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I am a connector, and I always see the potential for collaboration. We all succeed when businesses, organizations and people connect to leverage talent and resources. Nonprofits like the Carnegie necessarily run lean, so we rely on the human energy and financial generosity that our partners provide. In turn, we champion our business supporters and celebrate our non-profit peers.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

An educator at heart, I am privileged to lead an institution that teaches and inspires people every day. I am constantly reenergized by our mission to engage, inform, and connect. The big picture guides me through everyday challenges.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

I am especially proud of the Carnegie’s recent success raising funds to expand and enhance children’s programs and outreach. Stay tuned! Personally, I am proud of succeeding professionally while being a mother. Balancing a family and professional life requires practical skills like efficiency and adaptability. More importantly, parenthood fosters empathy and compassion that permeate the workplace.

Art, History and Skateboarding in New Albany

4The Carnegie Center for Art and History sees a new skatepark as an important element to public art in the city’s riverfront.

BY STEVE KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER 

How many people look at a skatepark and see art?

Daniel Pfalzgraf does.

Fortunately for the city of New Albany, Pfalzgraf is curator of the Carnegie Center for Art and History on West Spring Street. The building is a piece of both art and history itself, designed and built in 1904 as the old Carnegie Library by noted architect Arthur Loomis for Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

When the library was moved into newer headquarters in 1969, the old building was turned into the Floyd County Museum. It was given its current name in the 1990s to better reflect its history. skate3

The center is dedicated to preserving and appreciating local history and local artists. Its two permanent exhibitions are about the Underground Railroad, a slaves’ passageway to freedom across the Ohio River and into the North, and about Lucy Higgs Nichols, an escaped slave from Tennessee who joined the Indiana 23rd Infantry during the Civil War as a nurse, and then came to live the rest of her life in New Albany.

But Pfalzgraf and the center’s staff also host a number of rotating art exhibits, mostly highlighting contemporary art. The two exhibits this year were #BlackArtMatters, featuring 10 different contemporary African-American artists, and Pulp Art, featuring work influenced by comic books and cartoons.

This summer, the center is hosting probably its biggest event – the annual “2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie,” an annual, juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts art from all over the country, which Pflazgraf said is one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art quilts in the nation.

This year, there are 284 quilts in the show, which is expected to attract about 1,500 to 2,000 visitors before it closes on Sept. 16, 2017.

The center, with its magnificent old building and its efforts on behalf of both history and art, is one of New Albany’s real treasures.

But what does this all have to do with skateboarding?

The center has been staging an annual New Albany Public Art Project since 2010 “to get public art into the New Albany downtown community,” said Pfalzgraf, “and to promote interaction with artwork and public spaces outside our museum’s walls.”

For the first seven years, the center would solicit local artists to create a piece of work somewhere downtown to stay up for two years as an integrated part of the city’s business and entertainment district.

“When I came here two-and-a-half years ago,” said Pfalzgraf, “our director, Sally Newkirk, asked me to reimagine this public arts project, to see what new directions we might take it in.”

Pfalzgraf said his approach to art exhibits in general is having popular points of reference for people to engage. Thus, the comic book theme of the Pulp Art exhibit. “Everybody relates to comic books,” he said. “I think it breaks down the barriers of people’s emotional interaction with art, which they often feel they don’t understand.”

For the public arts project, he was interested in playing up a physical engagement with the artwork – “not,” he said, “just something you sit and view passively. Rather, something you can actually get into the middle of; something that hits all cylinders going on in your brain.”

The cylinders in his brain were hit one day while walking around New Albany looking for ideas. “I saw the skatepark down by the riverfront and a lightbulb went off.”

A skater growing up and the father of an avid 13-year-old skater, he knows how skateboarders – and BMXers, inline skaters, razor scooter riders, etc. – think about spaces.

“It’s a creative thought process,” he said. “They see curves, forms, shapes of concrete differently than most people see them. They think automatically of geometric lines and how they can utilize these forms and features. It’s a completely three-dimensional approach: forward, backward, up, down, left, right. And they’re always looking for creative ways to adapt and change their bodies and the flow of their direction within the flow of their environment.”

But the current park sadly falls short of satisfying all that creativity. It’s 20 or more years old and, said Pfalzgraf, “the features were never done correctly. It was always difficult to use, even when new. There are seams in the concrete and angles that don’t make sense. And now age is wearing it down.”

The parent of a skater, Pfalzgraf feels it would be utilized more by New Albany’s youths with better-constructed features. And the museum curator sees it as “a skateable work of public art” in a key part of the city – on the waterfront, next to the amphitheater.

“Internally, we’ve been calling it the Public Art Skatepark,” Pfalzgraf said, “but another possibility is the New Albany Flow Park because it runs along the flow of the Ohio River, which echoes the flow of the skaters.”

It would also be a haven for biking, hiking, dog walking and children running around.

The goal is to raise $300,000, which the Center hopes to accomplish with two events this fall. One is to raise money; the other is to raise awareness.

“I think the whole thing is difficult for some people to wrap their heads around,” Pfalzgraf said. “They may see it as just another playground. But we have some preliminary sketches, which we’ll release to the public soon. And I think that might inspire some of those people.”

One who is already inspired is New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, “who absolutely loves the idea and is behind it 100 percent,” said Pfalzgraf. “In fact, we found out that the city had plans to demolish the park because it’s in such disrepair and gets so little use. But after the mayor saw our drawings and renderings, he cancelled those plans.”

There’s a major redevelopment of the riverfront in the works, spurred by a $5 million award from Horseshoe Casino. “The plan is for boat docks, riverfront restaurant and some upscale camping sites,” said Pfalzgraf. “To include the skatepark as part of that says a lot about their trust in us and our ability to create something special.”


A Taste for Art and History 

The Carnegie Center for Art and History will hold a major fundraising event for its 2017 public art project, the skatepark along the river in downtown New Albany.

The event will be held Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Calumet Club, 1614 E. Spring St. in New Albany. It will include food, wine and bourbon tastes, as well as silent and live auctions and raffles.

Tickets are $65 for members of the center, $75 for non-members. They can be purchased at 812.944.7336 or through a link on the center’s web site, www.carnegiecenter.org/taste.

#IamPublicArt 

This year’s 2017 #IamPublicArt event will be the Carnegie Center’s opportunity to call attention to its planned new public art project, a new and much-improved skatepark on the New Albany riverfront.

The event will be on Sept. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater.

It will include three pop-up art installations created by teams of professors and students from Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine University and Kentucky College of Art + Design.

There will also be a musical program put together by Louisville artist Jecorey “1200” Arthur and headed by the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (and New Albany resident) Jamey Aebersold.

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And there will be food and drink available from local vendors.

The event is free and open to the public. But a free fundraiser?

“We’re hoping to build awareness for the project,” said Daniel Pfalzgraf, curator for the Carnegie Center. “Especially because this year’s event will be in the amphiteater right in that area, right next door to the skatepark.”

A Houndmouth Homecoming at Carnegie

Story by Grant Vance | Photos by Grant Vance and Courtesy Photos

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Courtesy Photo

Homecoming is held to especially pertinent standards when it comes to the New Albany-based musicians comprising the rock group Houndmouth. A little bit of southern rock, gospel and folk help describe their style, but Carnegie Center for Art and History knows their sound isn’t simplified by the confines of genre.

“They’re all so grounded in New Albany. When they’re on national TV [Houndmouth doesn’t] say they’re from the Louisville area,” Sally Newkirk, director of the Carnegie Center, said. “They’re like ambassadors for New Albany.”

It’s a naturalistic aspect ingrained in their history, lead guitarist Matt Myers explained. “It wasn’t even something we thought about. It was just, like, this is where we’re from,” he said. “I guess it’s the Midwest in us. We can’t lie even a little bit.”houndmouth

The Carnegie Center’s Houndmouth exhibit celebrating the band’s “trajectory of success” opened Oct. 28 and runs through Jan. 21. The exhibit is being held in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial year.

“We were thinking: What can we do that’s different? What can do to attract a younger audience?” Newkirk said, recalling the decision-making process for the exhibit. “So I said, ‘What if we come up with a theme of who’s making history now?’ Houndmouth was perfect.”

Houndmouth is a relatively young band, formed in 2011 and with only two studio albums: From the Hills Below the City (2013) and Little Neon Limelight (2015). They are a four-piece gone three-piece, with Matt Myers on guitar and vocals, Zak Appleby on bass and vocals and Shane Cody on drums and vocals. Katie Toupin, who formerly played keyboard as well as vocals, departed from the band in April of 2016 to “pursue other opportunities,” according to the band’s official statement on their website.

Despite their high profile status, the members of Houndmouth exude high levels of humility.

“(The exhibit is) very flattering,” Myers said.” “We were, like, super hesitant to do it at first.” Newkirk recalled the band’s “deer in the headlights” response when she first approached them about it.

“I was talking to (Shane Cody’s mom) Peggy later of the idea of us doing an exhibit on them because they houndmouth4really didn’t feel like what they had done warranted an exhibit,” Newkirk said. “I talked to them later and their first reaction (was), ‘Who would even come see it?’ ”

A busy and vibrant opening night would say otherwise. And to no surprise, considering their growing national recognition.

“Some of my favorite objects are just real unassuming, (like the) cue cards from (being on national TV with) Conan (O’Brien) and (David) Letterman,” Newkirk said. “They’re just pieces of paper that someone has written on. … They’re such unassuming artifacts, but the story they tell is awesome.”

The cue cards are a dynamic addition to the exhibit, but far from the epitome of all it has to offer. Carnegie Center has gone to great links to give an authentic Houndmouth experience, collaborating with everyone from music rights groups such as BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) to the band’s families to compile the different attractions, which range from pieces of the band’s clothing to pictures of the members growing up, all of which establish a true intimacy.houndmouth2

“We had to get permission from BMI to make sure we could play Houndmouth music for the three-month run of the show under the license that we currently have from them,” Newkirk said. “But really, we truly couldn’t have done it without the parents and spouses.”

“We left to go on tour and while we were gone, our girlfriends and family went through all our stuff and gave them all our stuff,” Myers said.

The attractions, of course, make the exhibit the intricate experience it is. This is not simply a hall of fame of Houndmouth to date. Rather, it encompasses the group’s artistic sensibilities through artifacts of their history while also offering interactive features, including music hubs granting access to their work, and a Guitar Hero-style game, incorporating a functioning guitar with a specially-developed program allowing users to play through three Houndmouth songs.

The interactive features add some flair, but it’s the intimate attractions grounded in simplicity that really draw home what Houndmouth means to the area. Not to mention their direct ties to the Carnegie Center.

“(Shane Cody’s) grandparents (and two great aunts) were the founders of the museum,” Newkirk explained. “John and B.B. Cody were the New Albany historians. If you had any questions about New Albany history, they were the go-to people.”

Within the exhibit is a room dedicated to some of the art dedicated by the Codys, including George W. Morrison’s New Albany from Silver Hills, which was used as the cover art for Houndmouth’s first LP, From the Hills Below the City.

“I never know how to answer (the question of New Albany’s influence on writing),” Myers said, “but definitely where you grew up affects the music you write. And where you write affects the music you get.”

A Houndmouth Homecoming at Carnegie

Story by Grant Vance | Photos by Grant Vance and Courtesy Photos

<img class=”size-medium wp-image-6704″ src=”http://b93.289.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Houndmouth3-300×137.png” alt=”Courtesy Photo ” width=”300″ height=”137″ /> Courtesy Photo

Homecoming is held to especially pertinent standards when it comes to the New Albany-based musicians comprising the rock group Houndmouth. A little bit of southern rock, gospel and folk help describe their style, but Carnegie Center for Art and History knows their sound isn’t simplified by the confines of genre.

“They’re all so grounded in New Albany. When they’re on national TV [Houndmouth doesn’t] say they’re from the Louisville area,” Sally Newkirk, director of the Carnegie Center, said. “They’re like ambassadors for New Albany.”

It’s a naturalistic aspect ingrained in their history, lead guitarist Matt Myers explained. “It wasn’t even something we thought about. It was just, like, this is where we’re from,” he said. “I guess it’s the Midwest in us. We can’t lie even a little bit.”<img class=”size-medium wp-image-6706 alignright” src=”http://b93.289.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Houndmouth-300×171.png” alt=”houndmouth” width=”300″ height=”171″ />

The Carnegie Center’s Houndmouth exhibit celebrating the band’s “trajectory of success” opened Oct. 28 and runs through Jan. 21. The exhibit is being held in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial year.

“We were thinking: What can we do that’s different? What can do to attract a younger audience?” Newkirk said, recalling the decision-making process for the exhibit. “So I said, ‘What if we come up with a theme of who’s making history now?’ Houndmouth was perfect.”

Houndmouth is a relatively young band, formed in 2011 and with only two studio albums: From the Hills Below the City (2013) and Little Neon Limelight (2015). They are a four-piece gone three-piece, with Matt Myers on guitar and vocals, Zak Appleby on bass and vocals and Shane Cody on drums and vocals. Katie Toupin, who formerly played keyboard as well as vocals, departed from the band in April of 2016 to “pursue other opportunities,” according to the band’s official statement on their website.

Despite their high profile status, the members of Houndmouth exude high levels of humility.

“(The exhibit is) very flattering,” Myers said.” “We were, like, super hesitant to do it at first.” Newkirk recalled the band’s “deer in the headlights” response when she first approached them about it.

“I was talking to (Shane Cody’s mom) Peggy later of the idea of us doing an exhibit on them because they <img class=”size-medium wp-image-6707 alignleft” src=”http://b93.289.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Houndmouth4-300×191.png” alt=”houndmouth4″ width=”300″ height=”191″ />really didn’t feel like what they had done warranted an exhibit,” Newkirk said. “I talked to them later and their first reaction (was), ‘Who would even come see it?’ ”

A busy and vibrant opening night would say otherwise. And to no surprise, considering their growing national recognition.

“Some of my favorite objects are just real unassuming, (like the) cue cards from (being on national TV with) Conan (O’Brien) and (David) Letterman,” Newkirk said. “They’re just pieces of paper that someone has written on. … They’re such unassuming artifacts, but the story they tell is awesome.”

The cue cards are a dynamic addition to the exhibit, but far from the epitome of all it has to offer. Carnegie Center has gone to great links to give an authentic Houndmouth experience, collaborating with everyone from music rights groups such as BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) to the band’s families to compile the different attractions, which range from pieces of the band’s clothing to pictures of the members growing up, all of which establish a true intimacy.<img class=” wp-image-6705 alignright” src=”http://b93.289.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Houndmouth2-300×241.png” alt=”houndmouth2″ width=”228″ height=”183″ />

“We had to get permission from BMI to make sure we could play Houndmouth music for the three-month run of the show under the license that we currently have from them,” Newkirk said. “But really, we truly couldn’t have done it without the parents and spouses.”

“We left to go on tour and while we were gone, our girlfriends and family went through all our stuff and gave them all our stuff,” Myers said.

The attractions, of course, make the exhibit the intricate experience it is. This is not simply a hall of fame of Houndmouth to date. Rather, it encompasses the group’s artistic sensibilities through artifacts of their history while also offering interactive features, including music hubs granting access to their work, and a Guitar Hero-style game, incorporating a functioning guitar with a specially-developed program allowing users to play through three Houndmouth songs.

The interactive features add some flair, but it’s the intimate attractions grounded in simplicity that really draw home what Houndmouth means to the area. Not to mention their direct ties to the Carnegie Center.

“(Shane Cody’s) grandparents (and two great aunts) were the founders of the museum,” Newkirk explained. “John and B.B. Cody were the New Albany historians. If you had any questions about New Albany history, they were the go-to people.”

Within the exhibit is a room dedicated to some of the art dedicated by the Codys, including George W. Morrison’s New Albany from Silver Hills, which was used as the cover art for Houndmouth’s first LP, From the Hills Below the City.

“I never know how to answer (the question of New Albany’s influence on writing),” Myers said, “but definitely where you grew up affects the music you write. And where you write affects the music you get.”