Auburn Museum Opening for 2024 with New Art Exhibitions

Detail from "Fortune Teller" by Robert Goodnough, 1947

The Cayuga Museum of History and Art will be opening to the public for 2024 on Wednesday, January 31 with two new exhibitions of artwork: Reconsideration: Art After the World Wars and Americans Who Tell the Truth: Portraits by Robert Shetterly.

Reconsideration: Art After the World Wars

This exhibit features historical artworks from the Cayuga Museum collection which were made in the periods proceeding World Wars I and II. The show invites visitors to consider the historical moments in which these artists existed, the immense tragedy and upheaval, and the ways each piece serves as a response to these extraordinary moments of change.

Americans Who Tell the Truth: Portraits by Robert Shetterly

This exhibit is a partnership program with the Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project. The Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project is pleased to share with you these reproductions of original paintings by Rob Shetterly.  Anne Frank shared the truth of her personal experience as a teenager during the Holocaust through her diary.  At Southern Cayuga Central School, the Anne Frank Tree Project helps students and community members understand that everyone can create positive change, improve the quality of life of others, and be an inspiration to their community.

Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) is dedicated to the belief that a profound understanding of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. What began in 2002 as artist Robert Shetterly’s personal portrait project has become a broad-based, not-for-profit arts and education organization, the mission of which is to foster and inspire “a profound sense of citizenship” by exposing students at all levels to portraits, quotes, biographies, and related resources built around these “Models of Courageous Citizenship.”

The AWTT project was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2004. With the platform provided by the organization, the portraits and Robert Shetterly have participated in hundreds of events, presentations and exhibitions. To date, Shetterly and his portraits have been invited into grammar schools, high schools and colleges in 27 states and Washington, D.C. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program promotes him as a speaker through the Council of Independent Colleges. In addition, AWTT has collaborated with a number of organizations working to promote engaged citizenship through education and the media.

Both exhibitions will be on display from Wednesday, January 31 – Saturday, April 6. A members-only reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. the evening of January 31. The Cayuga Museum of History and Art is located at 203 Genesee St. in Auburn, NY. Parking is available in front of the Museum or in the lot behind the museum off Orchard St. Learn more at

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