On View and Upcoming

State of the Art

State of the Art/Art of the State

On view October 8, 2017 - July 12, 2018

Focusing on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists brought a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a single 24‐hour period from September 30 to October 1. During this timeframe, four curators from North Carolina institutions were present to greet each artist and talk about their work. The design of this project provided participating artists equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today.

Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Peter Nisbet, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Roger Manley, Director, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University
Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum, Charlotte

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Created by Light – Photographs from North Carolina Collections

September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Exploring the photography collections of eight North Carolina institutions, the exhibition will examine the evolution of photography highlighting the names of the medium; the connections between the institutions and NC artists working in the medium.

The over 100 works included in the exhibition range from 1887 to 2016 with pioneers of the medium including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Hine, Robert Maplethorpe, Edward Muybridge, Andres Serrano, Mickalene Thomas, Lorna Simpson and Alfred Stieglitz. Notable NC photographers include Diego Camposeco, Carolyn DeMerritt, Taj Forer, Cathryn Griffin, Titus Brooks Heagins, George Masa, Elizabeth Matheson, John Menapace, Susan Harbage Page and Caroline Vaughan.

Institutions contributing to the exhibition: Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill; Asheville Art Museum, Asheville; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington; Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh; Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

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.

  • 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.

  • Browse the AREA GUIDE for restaurants, hotels, and other attractions in the area.