Landon Wade, Weedsport Elementary SchoolAuburn, NY (April 23, 2020) - The Schweinfurth Art Center didn't like having to cancel its annual "Both Ends of the Rainbow" exhibit because of COVID-19. So center staff decided to still offer the exhibit, but in a safe, social distancing way: online.

"Both Ends of the Rainbow" features art from students in grades pre-K through 12th grade, Schweinfurth members, and seniors (65 and up) who live in Cayuga County. Staff has been in touch with teachers, members, and county residents who usually participate in the exhibit to collect digital images of the artwork. These images, while not the complete exhibition, have been made into videos and posted on the art center's website.

"We love this exhibit, and it's one of our most popular every year. We hated having to cancel it," said Deirdre Aureden, education director for the Schweinfurth. "We are thrilled to be able to present the exhibit online, so we can recognize the amazing talent of the students and seniors who live in our community!"

Aureden noted that not all artwork has been included in the Schweinfurth's virtual exhibit. Some teachers did not have access to their students' art and some seniors weren't able to submit images, she added. If you are a teacher in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, a senior artist in Cayuga County, or a Schweinfurth member age 65 and up who would like to participate, please contact Maria Welych at

Participating schools include those from the Auburn, Cato-Meridian, Skaneateles, Southern Cayuga, and Weedsport school districts; Peachtown Elementary School in Aurora, NY; and Creative Minds Montessori Elementary School in Auburn. The art center also created a video of senior art that was submitted.

All the videos can be accessed on the art center's website at or on our YouTube channel at

The exhibit is sponsored by NUCOR Steel Auburn and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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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.


The art center's galleries are closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The center is offering art content on social media. For more information, link to


Image: Landon Wade, Weedsport Elementary School


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