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Collection Information

The Cameron Art Museum’s collection of fine arts, crafts, and design includes works of historical and contemporary importance by regional, national and international artists and artisans. The collection exists to help further the museum’s educational mission to enhance visual and cultural literacy. It enriches the lives of its visitors and community, and celebrates the rich and diverse artistic heritage created and shared by all humanity.

A growing strength of the collection is works on paper. The permanent collection houses works by Mary Cassatt, Ando Hiroshige, Saul Steinberg, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Leonard Baskin and Robert Gwathmey to name a few.

CAM also has a strong holding of works by North Carolina artists including Romare Bearden, Minnie Evans, Claude Howell, Elliott Daingerfield, Francis Speight, Donald Sultan, Maud Gatewood, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Jugtown Pottery.

Other notable artists in the collection include Isamu Noguchi, Derek Boshier, Mel Chin and Viola Fry.

The permanent collection is not permanently on view. Only a small percentage of collection works may be on view at any given time. These works are often used to create rotating thematic exhibitions. Please call ahead if you are traveling to see a specific work of art.

Donating Artwork

Patron gifts are essential to the growth of the museum’s collection. Gifts of art to the museum serve to increase both the quantity and quality of the permanent collection, and further enhance our ability to engage visitors in visual art.

Collectors can give works of art to the Cameron Art Museum:

  • As an outright gift
  • As an irrevocable promised gift/li>
  • As a bequest
  • As the gift of a percentage of value over a time period designated by the giver

Gifts must be approved by the acquisitions committee.

The museum recommends discussing your gift and estate plans with your own legal and financial advisors to ensure your personal and charitable goals are wisely met. We are grateful to all our friends and donors. For more information on giving art to the Cameron Art Museum, please contact the Registrar, at 910.395.5999 ext. 1004 or email Bob Unchester at exhibitions@cameronartmuseum.org

Conservation and Appraisals

The Cameron Art Museum is unable to appraise artworks. The museum recommends that an accredited appraiser be contacted directly. The following information is provided to aid in your search for an expert in a field related to your artwork. For assistance in finding an appraiser, please contact:

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
PH: 800.272.8258 toll-free or 703.478.2228
FX: 703.742.8471
email: asainfo@appraisers.org
website: www.appraisers.org

International Society of Appraisers
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60611
PH: 866.481.1689 toll-free or 312.981.6778
FX: 312.981.6787
email: isa@isa-appraisers.org
website: www.isa-appraisers.org

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
PH: 212.889.5404
FX: 212.889.5503
email: aaa@appraisersassoc.org
website: www.appraisersassoc.org


Before choosing a conservator, we suggest that you refer to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works "caring for your treasures guidelines". This information can be found on the American Institute of Historic & Artistic Works website under publications.

For assistance in finding a conservator, please contact:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th St., NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005-1714
PH: 202.452.9545
email: info@conservation-us.org
website: www.conservation-us.org


The Cameron Art Museum does not recommend one appraiser, conservator, framer or other art professional over another. This list includes suggestions of organizations that may be consulted; but the museum will not be held responsible for conservation or appraisals. This information is provided solely as a resource, and not an endorsement of any entity.