Schweinfurth Art Center Pauses Exhibits During Summer Construction

AUBURN, NY (May 15, 2024) – The Schweinfurth Art Center’s exhibition galleries will temporarily close as of May 27, 2024, after “Expanded Vision: Two Centuries of Paintings from the Cayuga Museum Collection” and pop-up exhibit “Worth Mentioning” close, due to construction for the West End Arts Campus, a project of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) of the City of Auburn.

While the Schweinfurth’s galleries will be closed, the art center’s clay studio, Summer Art Camp, classes, gift shop, and offices will remain open. Check the center’s website at myartcenter.org for information on additional summer events and construction updates.

The West End Arts Campus will connect the grounds of the Schweinfurth Art Center and Cayuga Museum of History & Art’s into an integrated campus that will improve access, parking, lighting, and signage for both facilities. Architects for the project are Bero Architects of Rochester and landscape architects Environmental Design & Research of Syracuse.  Rich & Gardner Construction Co. of Syracuse will be general contractor. Construction will include a new entry addition and elevator for the Schweinfurth.

The clay studio will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through July 13, 2024, then closed through Aug. 11. The studio will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from Aug. 12 through 30. Studio hours will return to its normal hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, on Sept. 4.

The art center will be reopening its galleries with a new printed textiles exhibit, “Beyond the Surface, Contemporary Artists and Printed Textiles,” on Aug. 31, 2024. This seminal exhibition will feature more than 75 works by a diverse group of eight American artists who challenge conventional expectations of printed textiles within contemporary art.

That exhibit will close Oct. 20, and the center’s final exhibit of the year, “Quilts=Art=Quilts,” will open Nov. 2 and run through Jan. 5, 2025.

Construction is expected to be completed by March 2025.

The West End Arts Campus project is made possible by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a program of the Housing Trust Fund and administered by Homes and Community Renewal and the City of Auburn American Rescue Plan Act.