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The Eye Learns - Modernist prints from the Louis Belden Collection

October 22, 2019 - April 26, 2020


The critical eye, you don’t have it initially. The eye learns from experience and it takes time. - Louis Belden (1926-2017)


San Francisco art collector Louis Belden gave his art collection, the gift of his lifetime, to our community. This collection of prints invites us to share in his passions for art, for collecting, for learning, and for giving back. These works offer a range of expression, experimentation, and expansion of the terrain of postwar modernism and post-modernism. His gift to Cameron Art Museum is truly unprecedented in our region, giving future generations access to this treasure for years to come.

These 134 modernist prints by 51 artists reveal Belden’s journey and are primarily presented in the order he acquired them. The exhibition begins with his bold 1971 acquisition, Art Beat, a neon orange silk screen by Nobu Fukui. By the mid-1990s, he had acquired work by the leading artists, the change-makers, the radicals, such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, and Wayne Thiebaud. His final acquisitions of work by Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, and Ellsworth Kelly show the continuing growth and refinement of the collection.

Art is not stagnant. It grows and grows and grows. There will be new trends, some of which will be successful and some will not be and I have no idea what those trends will be. But it is exciting to wait around and see what does evolve. Certainly I have evolved in the last 20 years and plan to continue to evolve in the future.

Sponsored in part by: Hampton Inn Medical Park, Live Oak Private Wealth, LS3P, Dr. William Malloy, Syneos Health, LLC, Wilmington Wealth Consulting.



Modernism and Music: The Eye Learns also features an interactive, musical component that will give visitors the opportunity to listen to music specially selected for some artworks by a variety of music professionals from the community and by CAM staff based on the artists’ own connections to music. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make their own musical suggestions for other guests to listen to. This additional musical element will give visitors an enjoyably different way to create a powerful art experience.


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Structure in Space and Time - Photography by Phil Freelon

October 22, 2019 - April 26, 2020


One of the most celebrated architects of our time, Phil Freelon designed spaces that enhanced communities and championed diversity and inclusion. His work, which included museums and cultural institutions, told the story of the American people. Freelon was dedicated to bringing both beautiful and functional high-quality designs into everyday life for all people. Throughout his career, Freelon found photography essential to his design vision and creative process..

Visibly apparent in his artwork is how architecture and nature complement the landscape: Photography is one of the vehicles that I use to share my view of the world. As an Architect, the expression of Structure is central to my design process, bringing a sense of order to the final composition. These photographs examine the Structure that exists all around us - both in the natural and built environment. Behind the lens, I seek to capture those fragments of space and time that invite closer examination.

Everyone at CAM is deeply saddened by the passing of Phil Freelon on July 9, 2019. If you would like to honor his legacy you may make contributions to the North Star Church of the Arts.

CAM wishes to thank Craven Allen Gallery and Ben Alper for their generous support of this exhibition.


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The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

December 1, 2019 - February 16, 2020


In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today, the quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6 foot memorial panels (the dimensions of a human grave) — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.

The Frank Harr Foundation of Wilmington, NC serves the LGBTQIA population and helps to educate the community at large on LGBTQIA inclusiveness. The Foundation has formed a committee of community partners to bring 20 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington, NC displaying the panels at various locations to increase awareness and educate the public of this on-going health crisis. Participating venues are the Cameron Art Museum, UNCW’s Randall Library, The Hannah Block Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, The Temple of Israel, St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church, The Unitarian Universalist Church, Thalian Hall, St. Stephen AME Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

This exhibition is organized by The NAMES Project and sponsored in part by the Frank Harr Foundation.


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Unfolding Noguchi

November 22, 2019 - May 24, 2020


One of the visionaries of 20th-century American modernism, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) developed a uniquely open-ended, and forward-looking perspective on global culture. Working with a deep sense of social purpose across a wide range of disciplines, Noguchi was a connoisseur of ingenuity. He regarded craft and technology (representing the past and the future) as two sides of the same coin and natural allies in sculpting our world for the better.
This exhibition provides insight into his genius and artistic exploration of form and material over his sixty year career. From bronze, granite, and aluminum to his paper and bamboo Akari light sculptures, Noguchi pushed the boundaries of what sculpture is and how it is integrated into daily life.

This exhibition has been organized by Cameron Art Museum in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.


Sponsored in part by Japan Foundation, New York


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Illumination 2019

December 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020


Returning for the fifth year, Illumination draws inspiration from traditional lantern festivals, marking the transitional moment of the season’s change and year’s end, reflecting on the past while creating energy and hope for the future. Cameron Art Museum recognizes the crucial role of artists and art in creating an exceptional quality of life for a community. Artists are invited to submit proposals of original designs for this one- of-a-kind exhibition.

AWARDS: $2,500 in Cash prizes. 1st place: $1,500; 2nd place: $750; 3rd place $250. Top three award winners receive a special lantern prize and two floating lanterns in their honor. Floating Lantern Ceremony will be held at CAM on Sunday, January 12, 2020


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 whirly-gig by Vollis Simpson.


  • Visit the historic Forks Road Civil War Site. Walk along the only remaining vestige of historic Federal Point Road, the primary thoroughfare in the 1860s from Fort Fisher to Wilmington. See a reconstruction of the Confederate revetments which originally spanned a course of five miles from the Cape Fear River to present-day Hugh MacRae Park. On the NC Civil War Trails marker, read about the Forks Road battle on February 20-12, 1865 fought victoriously by 1600 United States Colored Troops, contributing to the Fall of Wilmington on February 22, 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 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.


  • 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.