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Willie Cole - Black Art Matters

Black Art Matters


October 2020 - Closing TBD


Black Art Matters presents Willie Cole’s Blackronyms blackboards with word prompts such as CIVIL, RIGHTS, WHITE, BLACK which encourage visitors to respond. The artist openly invites us to sit at one the exhibition’s school desks, study the blackboards, and ponder what democratic ideals and equality might be one day in America. Fearlessly, Cole challenges us to accept the racial biases and inequalities continuing to shape the socio-political climate and economic structure of the United States. Willie Cole (American, b. 1955) grew up in Newark, New Jersey but traces his father’s family to Brunswick and Columbus counties. He attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1976, and continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1976 to 1979. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Winner of the David C. Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African-American art and art history.

Audrey Flack (American, b. 1931) Medea, 2007, Purchased with funds provided by Knox and May Ann Keith Massey, 2007.6

She Persists


On view until February 14, 2021


She Persists coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and explores the ways in which female artists in Cameron Art Museum’s permanent collection persist in their own lives, in their communities, in their world, both personally and politically --- through art. From Mary Cassatt, whose paintings and prints were featured in exhibitions supporting suffrage, to feminist Audrey Flack, whose work Medea is a conscious redeeming of that tragic figure, to Beverly Buchanan, who fiercely explored identity as an African American woman through sculpture, land art, photography, and painting, this exhibition of 100 works for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment creates a powerful dialogue about what it means to be a woman.

Exhibition sponsored in part by: Louise Mann In honor of Anne Brennan • Dr. Bill Malloy and Maxine Terry in honor of Dr. Carol Malloy • Elizabeth Wells in loving memory of Nell Webb • Mort and Judy Neblett • FOX Wilmington • Frances Goodman in memory of my mother, Barbara D. Lane • Jean Keller in memory of Mary C. Hoey and Louise C. Graham • Jennifer Kraner honoring CAM and its ever increasing presence in our school system and in our lives. • Anonymous sponsor in Honor and Gratitude for Mary Cecil Dodge




Collection of Cameron Art Museum. Gift of John Clell, Julie Hawthorne, and John Fisher Hamm honored to gift this American masterpiece of Abraham Lincoln to the Cameron Art Museum, and share it with our wonderful friends and neighbors in southeastern North Carolina. We hope it serves to inspire and touch generations to come.

The Face of Lincoln


September 12, 2020 – end date TBA


The Face of Lincoln is a meticulous casting formed in bronze from the original terra cotta sculpture by Robert Merrell Gage. In 1956, Gage created the Face of Lincoln in clay, based upon and inspired by the remarkable 1860 plaster life mask made of Lincoln by Chicago sculptor, Leonard Volk. It was one of only two face masks ever created of President Abraham Lincoln. Throughout his career, Gage sculpted likenesses of Lincoln in many stages of the president's life, and starred in the 1955 Academy Award winning film, The Face of Lincoln (20 minutes), also shown in the gallery.





Dorothy Gillespie Centennial Celebration


July 2020 – March 2021


Gillespie, an accomplished NYC artist, cherished the vibrant arts scene in Wilmington. The sculptures in CAM’s courtyard are from her Rockefeller Center Exhibit and will be displayed at CAM through March 2021 as part of the Dorothy Gillespie Centennial Celebration.

Gillespie was an American painter and sculptor who enjoyed an artistic career that spanned over 70 years. Known for her tremendous output of colorful, joyful sculptural art, she was among those who blazed a path for women artists during the feminist art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Gillespie owned a house in Wilmington’s historic district and lectured at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.





The Lived-In Body: Celebrating Women Over 65, Paintings by Virginia Wright Frierson


September 12, 2020 – end date TBA


The stunning works by Wilmington artist Virginia Wright-Frierson in The Lived-In Body: Celebrating Women Over 65 celebrate, as Wright-Frierson writes, “the lived-in body, our crepey arms that have lifted babies 1,000 times, gardened, cleaned, cooked, and taken care of others; our worn feet and our breasts and stomachs that now sag. We have worked and given and created. We are aging, and we’re lucky to have reached this time to appreciate our experiences and wisdom and celebrate that we have survived.”




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.