Schweinfurth Art CenterAuburn, N.Y. - “The formal opening of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art today is an event whose importance will be increasingly realized as the various departments get into full swing. When functioning properly, a museum is not a show place merely, but a work place and a recreational place. It offers not simply an opportunity to see and enjoy the finished productions of artists but also a chance to participate in the creation of beauty.” – Auburn Citizen; October 16, 1936

This spring, the Cayuga Museum and Schweinfurth Art Center will finally begin construction on their joint capital project, the West End Arts Campus. This occasion represents a key goal of Walter Long, the founding director of both organizations and a proponent of the arts in Auburn.

As the two organizations begin working even more closely together to achieve that goal, the Cayuga Museum is looking back at its 88 years of collecting artwork and preparing a show that will fill the walls of the Schweinfurth’s second floor Davis Family Gallery. The exhibition, "Expanded Vision: Two Centuries of Paintings from the Cayuga Museum Collection," will include a majority of Cayuga Museum’s painting collection in a single exhibition – something that the museum lacks the space to do.

The organizations are hosting an opening reception 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Schweinfurth. Admission to the Art Center and Cayuga Museum will be free, and both institutions’ other exhibits – “Both Ends of the Rainbow” and “Three Lakes Sampler” at the Schweinfurth and “Reconsideration” and “Americans Who Tell the Trush” at Cayuga Museum – will be open for tours.

“Expanded Vision” will be on display Feb. 10 to March 9 and March 23 to April 27. For Schweinfuirth hours, link to Learn more about this exhibit at  

Admission to the Schweinfurth is free through March 9, after which it will close for installation of “Made in NY 2024.” After the art center reopens on March 23, admission will be $10 a person and free for Schweinfurth members, exhibiting artists, and children 12 and under.

Cayuga Museum admission is $10 per person and free for museum members and children 12 and under. Reduced price joint admission tickets will be available at both locations starting on March 23.

The Schweinfurth Art Center is located at 205 Genesee St. in Auburn, NY. Cayuga Museum is located next door, at 203 Genesee St., Auburn. Parking is available in two lots behind the museums and on Genesee Street in front of both.



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About the Schweinfurth

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is a multi-arts center that opened in 1981 thanks to a bequest from Auburn-born architect Julius Schweinfurth. The art center's programs include more than a dozen exhibitions each year and educational programs for children and adults, which feature local, national, and international artists. For more information, link to

About the Cayuga Museum

The Cayuga Museum of History & Art engages the community to appreciate local history, promotes the arts, and educates individuals about the invention of sound on film through a campus of three historic buildings: the 1836 Greek Revival Willard-Case Mansion, the Case Research Laboratory, and the Carriage House Theater, a multi-use performance venue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion features many original details, including a stained glass window designed by the Tiffany Glass Co. For more information, link to