‘Project Reclamation’ @ Carnegie Center

Through Jan. 12

Carnegie Center for Art and History
201 E. Spring St., New Albany

There’s art for art’s sake, and then there’s this: The Carnegie Center’s latest exhibit, “Project Reclamation,” uses visual art to raise awareness about mountaintop removal mining and its impact on the environment, human health and Kentucky communities. The brainchild of local artist Mary Margaret Sparks and the nonprofit Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the project includes a variety of mediums, from photography and video to sculpture and illustration. “Mountaintop removal mining is a divisive issue that cuts across many facets of lives across the region. It employs fathers while poisoning communities. It powers much of the region and simultaneously defaces it … By no means is this issue black and white.” Check out the diverse works of more than a dozen artists as they explore this complex, controversial subject. —Sarah Kelley

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