Call for Artists

Attention Emerging Artists!

The Cayuga Museum and the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY are seeking proposals from emerging artists for exhibitions that will be held in both the Cayuga Museum and Gallery Julius at the Schweinfurth. It is a unique opportunity for artists to present an exhibition in both a contemporary gallery space and an historic space at the same time.

The exhibit will be on display at both the Cayuga Museum and the Schweinfurth Art Center, which are located next to each other. Special consideration will be given to artists whose proposal reflects on the juxtaposition of exhibiting in both locations simultaneously.

Two proposals will be selected. Exhibition dates are: June 5th– August 16th, 2020 and August 28th– Oct. 11th, 2020. Opening receptions will be June 5th and September 4th. Artists will be informed which date their exhibit is selected for. If there are any conflicts with either of these exhibit dates, please include that in your proposal.

We will be accepting submissions of two dimensional artworks and sculpture (sculpture can only be displayed at the Cayuga Museum) from artists in the central New York area. Artists must be within driving distance of Auburn. Work will not be accepted via mail.  We will not accept submissions of video installations.

Artists are asked to submit up to 5 works of art that are representative of their body of work.  Selected artists must have enough work to fill both Gallery Julius at the Schweinfurth and the gallery at the Cayuga Museum. Please see attached floor plans for reference. (Note: The Cayuga Museum is housed in an historic mansion, with non-traditional galleries.)                         

Due to space limitations, we cannot guarantee all submitted artwork will be included.

If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please email the following information to no later than Friday, January 24, 2020:                                                                

  • 1-3 digital images per work submitted (in PDF format or each image below 1 MB) (you may submit up to 5 pieces, or series of works, to be considered)
  • Dimensions of your work (each piece)                                                            
  • Title(s) of your work
  • Your email and phone number
  • An exhibit proposal describing the body of work

A local selection committee will be responsible for selecting the artists/artworks for this project.

The committee seeks to have a well-balanced and diverse series of artists, working in a variety of styles and mediums. All artworks must be finished works and ready to be installed.  

The committee will make selections for the series in February.                         

Work must be dropped off at the Cayuga Museum and the Schweinfurth at least one week before the show is set to open.  Artists must schedule the drop off with the Art Center and Museum staff, allowing time for consultation of layout and installation requirements.

Work must be picked up within a week of the exhibit closing.

ART SALES:                                                           
The Schweinfurth Art Center and the Cayuga Museum will receive a 25% commission on all sales resulting from the exhibition.  In the event of a sale, the Art Center and the Museum are not responsible for any additional gallery commissions, or costs of packing and shipping to new owner.  Pieces in the exhibit do not have to be available for sale.                   


Gallery Julius Floor Plan

Cayuga Museum Floor Plan