Schweinfurth summer exhibits to include international exhibit, Circular Abstractions

Frameworks II, Julia Graziano, 2015. Courtesy of the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Schweinfurth’s summer exhibits in Auburn will include a traveling exhibition, Circular Abstractions, which was curated by world-renowned artist Nancy Crow and organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. The Schweinfurth is holding a preview reception for its new exhibits on Friday, June 2, from 5-8pm. The reception will feature live music and light refreshments, and it is free and open to the public.

Curator Nancy Crow challenged the participating artists in Circular Abstractions to create a unique design based upon the Bull’s Eye pattern: four circles comprised of concentric rings (the iconic target symbol), set in a grid of four blocks, or quadrants. The quilts have been conceived in improvisation, in building upon or breaking down an established pattern into something new and individually expressive. The exhibit features artwork by 24 artists from across the U.S. and around the world, from Canada to Australia to South Africa.

 The exhibit includes a quilt by local artist, Julia Graziano, of Manlius, NY. Opening weekend events include a free lecture by Graziano on Saturday, June 3, at 2pm, followed by an exhibit tour with Schweinfurth Art Cener Executive Director Donna Lamb at 2:30pm.

 Additional summer exhibits include Text Layer, Shape Shifter: Collage Compositions by Karen Frutiger, and These Numbered Days: Paintings and Cyanotypes by David Hornung.

 Karen Frutiger is a collage artist who lives and works in Rochester. "My process is improvisational," explains Frutiger, "I work in layers; usually beginning with paint scraped across the paper, followed by random marks, collage and more paint…It is interesting to me to see what emerges in the final piece; echoes of other voices and concerns, forgotten landscapes and subtle reminders of our industrial past."

 David Hornung is painter and professor who resides in New York City. He is the author of Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers and is one of the faculty members of the Schweinfurth’s Quilting the Lake program at Onondaga Community College.

Sponsors of the summer exhibits include the Osborne Memorial Association, the Senator John A. DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County Program, Bayer Crop Science and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Schweinfurth Art Center is a multi-art center located in Auburn that offers a range of exhibits, classes and programs for all ages throughout the year. Admission is $7 for adults. Members, exhibiting artists and 12 & under free. The Art Center is open Tuesday- Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. For more details about the exhibits and the Schweinfurth, please visit

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