On View


A Time When Art Is Everywhere – teamLab

August 25, 2018 through October 20, 2019

We do not see any separation between us and the world: the two form a whole. teamLab

Dreamlike landscapes, fantasized fauna and flora and creatures of the sea are reimagined in this visual and immersive experience presented by the art collective teamLab. With a recent major exhibition at La Villette in Paris and the launch of the digital-only museum MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless in Tokyo, CAM premiers teamLab to North Carolina for the first time.

A dynamic collaborative of over 500 artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects make up the teamLab team. They aim to explore new relationships between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technologies have allowed us to liberate art from the physical and transcend boundaries. We do not see any separation between humans and nature and between oneself and the world: the two form a whole. Everything takes place in the long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life. At the frontiers of art, science and technology, each of the three installations in A Time When Art is Everywhere is a journey in itself: playful, poetic and hypnotic, transporting the visitor to an enchanted and colorful world.

CAM’s teamLab installations include experiences for all ages. With Sketch Aquarium visitors can observe the power of their creative imagination. Each participant is invited to color a drawing of a sea creature of his or her preference. Once completed, the paper is scanned and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Visitors will be able to see their creation come to life and swim with all of the other sea creatures and may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.

The interactive artwork Story of the Time when Gods were Everywhere invites visitors to touch the symbols on the screen and see them evolve into the images that they represent. As more images are created, a story begins to emerge. The objects that emerge from the symbols influence one another and are influenced by the actions of other people.

The digital creation Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 illustrates an evolving story featuring the theme of “The clash, cycle, and symbiosis between nature and culture.” The 12 screens of the artwork illuminate how the world of the artwork is created in three-dimensional space on a computer, visualizing ultra-subjective space within 12 differing perspectives. The surface peels away, revealing the underside of the artworks, allowing a glimpse into the creative process behind it.

Artwork courtesy of teamLab and Pace Gallery


Along the Eastern Sea Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō 

August 25, 2018 through September 22, 2019

Master printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art.  This series depicts the spectacular landscapes and fascinating characters encountered on the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital of Kyoto. The Tōkaidō road was the most-traveled route between these two important cities, figuring heavily into popular Japanese art and culture in the mid-1800s. Cameron Art Museum presents the complete set of 55 prints from Hiroshige’s oban series, known as the Upright Tōkaidō, created in 1855.


In 1995, Dr. Isabel Bittinger (Winston-Salem, NC) presented a gift of 108 Japanese ukiyo-e color woodblock prints to St. John’s Museum of Art (precursor to the Cameron Art Museum). The prints were bound in an album and included two series: Tōkaidō gojusan-tsugi (Fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō) by Andō Hiroshige and Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), attributed to Utagawa Kunisada II.  This extraordinary album remained in Dr. Bittinger’s family and was originally owned by Reverend Edmund Bittinger, a Presbyterian chaplain who traveled with Commodore Matthew Perry aboard the Susquehanna, on the 1853-54 U.S. naval entry into Japan.

The UNCW Digital Arts program collaborated with CAM on animated versions of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō by Hiroshige. Digital Arts students in Professor Gene Felice’s 3D Animation class took inspiration from both the work of this epic print series illustrating life on the Tōkaidō road in 19th century Japan, combined with inspiration from the contemporary work of immersive technology based teamLab, currently on view at CAM in A Time When Art Is Everywhere.  The four teams of students created these works for 4K, multi-screen display system in collaboration with the CAM museum staff, evolving their work throughout October and November.  The final exhibition of the animated series went on display November 15 and will remain on view for the duration of Along the Eastern Sea Road.  CAM organized with exhibition brochure.  


From Sketch to Canvas: A Study of Claude Howell

March 8, 2019 through summer 2019

Celebrating the 104th anniversary of the birth of Claude Howell (March 17, 1915 – February 3, 1997), this pop-up exhibition during his birthday month highlights the life and work of one of North Carolina’s most notable artists. Howell holds an established place in the vanguard of North Carolina art. A brilliant colorist and meticulous draftsman, he is best known for his intimate examination of the southern coast: the quality of light and life of its people.


Minnie Clyde Annie Vollis

March 29, 2019 through September 22, 2019

This exhibition focuses on the impassioned creations of four artists – Minnie Evans, Clyde Jones, Annie Hooper, and Vollis Simpson. Whether inspired by dreams, religious beliefs, or the natural world, they shape aspects of the creative culture of North Carolina and inspire understanding of their distinctive art to the world. Featured work is from CAM’s permanent collection, private collections, and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University.

In 1972, British art historian Roger Cardinal termed “outsider art” to describe work by isolated artists working outside mainstream artistic traditions, training and even social and psychological norms. Work by Minnie Evans, Annie Hooper, Clyde Jones, and Vollis Simpson has been labeled outsider art, visionary, intuitive, self-taught, naïve, art brut, or raw. Their work eludes classification –not influenced by the art world or the art market, it is wrought by a searing drive to communicate through deeply personal expression. For Minnie, it springs from her visions and spirituality; for Annie, from a pious fervor essential to her very survival; for Clyde, initially a recuperative activity, his sculptures now connect him with children and, for Vollis, what started as creation of windmills for power turned into production of whirligigs for wonder.


While You're Here..

  • Stroll through the ART PARK with sculptures by Charlie Brouwer, Clyde Jones, Vollis Simpson, Mel Chin and Dixon Stetler located throughout.

  • Take an up close look at Cameron Art Museum's newest arrival, a whirly-gig by Vollis Simpson.
    [removed until January 2019 for conservation]

  • Visit the CIVIL WAR ENTRENCHMENT on the Civil War grounds. A NC Civil War Trails historical marker identifies the location of the "Forks Road Engagement" the site of the Confederate Army's hold off of the Union troop's advance on Wilmington from Fort Fisher for 3 days starting on February 20, 1865.

  • Enjoy a stroll along the pond and through the NATURE TRAILS located on the 9.3 acres of the museum campus. The trail winds its way from the museum front door north to our historic woodlands. On the trail you will observe native plant and animal life. Also walk along the FRUIT GROVE newly planted in 2011 in honor of Paul W. Phillips, CAM's Senior Security Guard. The orchard contains white and black muscadine grapes, peach, pear, fig, apple, plum and blueberry plantings.

  • Walk FEDERAL POINT ROAD SECTION one of the few remaining sections of the primary thoroughfare between Wilmington and Fort Fisher in the 1860s.

  • PICNIC AREAS located throughout Pyramid Park. Ride your bike over to the museum and grab lunch at CAM Cafe to enjoy at the picnic tables.