Everson Museum in financial crisis, cancels two upcoming exhibits

The Everson Museum in Downtown Syracuse revealed Monday it is facing a projected deficit of $500,000 for 2013 and 2014. The Board of Trustees voted to cancel two traveling exhibits scheduled to visit the museum this year. In addition, the board is creating a special task force to develop and implement a recovery plan.

The two shows that are cancelled are: "Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums." It was scheduled to be shown at the museum from April 19 to July 13. The "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond" is also cancelled. It was scheduled for October 18 to January 4, 2015. The Everson says those with tickets will be contacted via email with refund information within the next week.

"Continuing with the exhibits knowing that they will only worsen the museum's financial condition would be irresponsible," Gary Grossman, the President of the Trustees said in a statement on the museum's website. "The right course of action for the museum and the community in 2014 is to focus on reducing the projected deficit, continuing the Everson's core operations and protecting its position as one of Central New York's premier arts and cultural institutions," Grossman added.

You may remember the heavily advertised Turner to Cezanne exhibit in 2009 at the Everson. It was widely popular, but the museum says it brought in no surplus revenue.

The museum says most of its costs are fixed, including security to maintain the more than 11,000 piece collection.

Executive Director Steven Kern recently announced he is leaving the museum to take a position at the Newark Museum in New Jersey.