University of Southern Indiana
Maximilian-Bodmer Exhibit

Special Exhibits & Yearly Events

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art 

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.

The gallery features
  • eight exhibitions annually
  • educational programming for school children
  • co-sponsorship of a visiting artist program with
    the University of Southern Indiana Art Department
  • specialized art tours of the gallery and Historic New Harmony
  • consignment space featuring works by more than 100 regional artists
  • conservation framing

Frances GoldenAn 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

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.


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