Featured Programs and Events

Phillip Gerard


Philip Gerard: Words and Music

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 3-4:30 PM

Free; $5 suggested donation

Registration Requested

Join us for an afternoon coffeehouse gathering in honor of Philip Gerard’s book release: Words and Music: An Album of a Life in Words and Song. Enjoy readings from Gerard’s memoir while listening to the acoustic sounds of Whiskey Creek Revival.

Philip Gerard was a historian, professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and the author of 17 books, including Cape Fear Rising. His essay collection, The Patron Saint of Dreams, was awarded the 2012 North American Gold Medal for Essay and Creative Nonfiction by the Independent Publisher (“Ippy”). Gerard has written eleven documentary television scripts, scores of radio essays, several magazine series, and an award-winning radio drama. In 2019, he received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Whiskey Creek plays an eclectic set of tunes inspired by the traditions of bluegrass, Americana, old-time, Celtic, and country. The band features Dargan Frierson, Jeff Reid, Rick Olse,n and Bill Bolduc.

Gallery Talk with Michael Rooks


Gallery Talk with Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art the High Museum of Art

Sunday, October 1, 2023

1-2 PM Compass Reception

2 PM Gallery Talk

CAM Members: $16; Not-Yet Members: $20

Students: $12

Known as an art curator dedicated to community building and engaging audiences across generations from every walk of life, Michael Rooks joined the High Museum of Art as Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in January 2010. In addition to his responsibilities at the High, Rooks served as Commissioner and co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in 2010 and is an independent art writer.

Prior to joining the High, Rooks held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA); The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. At MCA, Rooks curated several group exhibitions and solo projects in addition to major retrospective exhibitions of work by Roy Lichtenstein and H. C. Westermann, for which he co-authored Westermann’s catalogue raisonné. As curator at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Rooks curated more than fifteen exhibitions, including projects by Michael Lin, Paul Morrison, and Yoshitomo Nara—introducing audiences in Hawaii to a new generation of international contemporary art.

His exhibitions at the High include KAWS: DOWN TIME, Alex Katz, This Is Now, and two historical survey exhibitions in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters and Fast Forward: Modern Moments, 1913–2013.

Lenora Zenzalai Helm

Jazz at CAM

Lenora Zenzalai Helm and the Tribe Jazz Orchestra Nonet

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 7 PM

CAM Members: $35; Not Yet Members: $55

Hailed by Jazziz magazine as the ”voice of her generation” and a “national treasure,” Chicago-born, Durham, North Carolina-based Dr. Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a jazz vocal musician, composer, lyricist, bandleader, and a dedicated educator at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Helm encompasses all of the inventions and dimensions of jazz and the African Diaspora on her new recording, Journeywoman, featuring her Tribe Jazz Orchestra® Nonet. Helm’s new CD, her eighth as a leader, is a compelling 65-minute, multi-movement 12-track work, where she sings about the life of an allegorical woman named Journey, and her struggles with abuse, birth, death, self-definition and her victories through self-love, perseverance, and affirmation.

Tribe Jazz Orchestra® is an ensemble of musicians led by Lenora Zenzalai Helm with a unique approach to the music of the big band tradition.Their CD release, For the Love of Big Band, launched March 9, 2020, received critical acclaim, and despite the ravages on the music industry during the Global Pandemic, reached the JazzWeek Top 50 list of recordings for 2020. With a diverse amalgam of the top men and women performers in jazz today, the instrumentation features a combination of jazz orchestra and modern chamber ensemble to bring a swinging and soulful concert full of groove and excitement covering many styles.

Tribe Jazz Orchestra Nonet Personnel:

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, voice

Special Guest: GRAMMY Nominee Orrin Evans, pianist

Timothy Holley, cello

Baron Tymas, guitar

Natalie Boeyink, electric and acoustic bass

Thomas Taylor, drums

Al Strong, trumpet

Robert Trowers, trombone

Salome Serena Wiley, tenor saxophone and spoken word

Dexter Moses, alto and soprano saxophone and flute



"Untitled" (Generations)

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10 AM-1 PM

2-3:30 PM Dance Performance with Techmjoa: Loud As We Want

Free with Museum Admission; pre-registration recommended

This event takes its inspiration from “Untitled” (L.A.) by ground-breaking conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres now on view in Love. Join us as we celebrate the joy, connections, and promise of love across time and generations.

Various community partners offer a safe space and share information, resources, and host fun family activities in CAM’s Reception Hall. At 2 PM we welcome Techmoja for a moving performance of Loud As We Want followed by a thoughtful movement workshop.

“Untitled” (L.A.) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres demonstrates slow depletion of green candies that make up this work serves as a metaphor for absence, transience, and the inevitability of loss, while the potential replenishment of the candy extends the metaphor as an act of remembrance or the potentials of the eternal.

2-3:30 PM Techmoja: Loud As We Want

At 2pm, Techmoja will present a dance performance of an original work entitled Pulse. The work was created by the company in 2016 as an act of solidarity and statement of belief in the right for LGBTQ community to have public space. The piece creates a club atmosphere with high energy music and fast paced dance reminding us to celebrate our lives and community. The violent attack required a response - this program is both a celebration of individuals and about community love.

Following the performance, Techmoja lead artist Kevin Lee-Y Green and company members will facilitate their Loud As We Want movement workshop. Loud as we want centers the power of dance and movement to act as a catalyst for social change in ourselves and social movements. The workshop uses a story circle process as a point of departure to analyze systems of oppression, a language of resilience and democratic possibilities. The combined program speaks back to the history of homophobia and the power of community love.

Spanish Language Tour


Spanish Language Tour /
Tour en español

Sabado, 7 de octubre, 11AM / Saturday, October 7, 2023, 11 AM

Gratuito con pre-inscripción / Free with pre-registration

Únase a nosotros para una visita guiada de los aspectos más destacados de la exposición actual del Museo Cameron narrada en español.

Join us for a guided tour of highlights from CAM’s current exhibition led in Spanish.

Sponsored in part by

Landfall Foundation

Connections Tour


Connections Monday

Monday, October 9, 2023, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Free; pre-registration required

Enjoy a morning of music in the galleries, adapted exhibition exploration, as well as optional hands-on activities and the choice to bring a boxed lunch to enjoy in our café or courtyard area. Geared towards individuals in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, this program is offered on Mondays when we are otherwise closed to the public to ensure a quiet and calm environment. Groups or individuals with their loved ones are welcome.

Email education @cameronartmuseum.org for more information and to register.

Mary's Art Explorers

Mary's Art Explorers

Mary's Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 10-11 AM

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this event is handled through Airlie Gardens and takes place at Airlie Gardens.


Mary’s Art Explorers is going on a field trip! Join us at Airlie Gardens with Miss Georgia from the Cameron Art Museum.

Did you know that bats are the only mammal on earth that can truly fly? Learn all about the adaptations that make bats so special and find out what kinds of bats live here in NC! We will read Bats on the Beach and create our own bats using arts and crafts supplies. Garden admission included with this program!

Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Your registration includes admission to the museum for the whole day. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!

It is with great honor that Cameron Art Museum pays tribute to Mary Cameron Hoey by naming its most popular and long-standing family program after her. Mary’s Art Explorers is a story time, art making, and museum exploration program.

Sponsored in part by

Excite Credit Union

Shew's National Treasures

Film Screening

Shew’s Natural Treasures

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7 PM

Free; Donations Appreciated

Registration Required

Fire and Water are critical agents in the ecosystem of southeaster NC. In celebration of Fire in the Pines and FlowILM, CAM will feature a screening of Shew’s Natural Treasures, a documentary that focuses on our unique coastal environment.

The southeastern Coastal Plain of North Carolina holds many natural treasures including the mysterious Carolina Bays, Longleaf Pine Savannas with the iconic Venus flytrap, the historically important Cape Fear River and the Black River tributary holding ancient cypress trees, and the critically important Salt Marshes and Barrier Islands on our coast. The film highlights the areas' varied and beautiful natural landscapes and explores the threats and challenges we must address to maintain these treasures for ourselves and for future generations.

A discussion will follow the screening with UNCW Professor Roger Shew and film director Jesse Bradley, joined by the leading organizers for Fire in the Pines and Flow ILM including Andy Fairbanks, Recreation Supervisor at Halyburton Park, Michelle Ly, Conservation Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy, and UNCW Professor Gene Felice, director of FlowILM.

New Member Coffee


New Member Coffee

Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 10-11 AM

Free; Members Only

New CAM Members are invited to a Member Coffee to meet Executive Director Heather Wilson and learn a little about CAM's history. Tour of the galleries following the coffee is optional.

Coffee with the Shop Artists

Museum Shop

Coffee with the Shop Artists

Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Meet one or more CAM Shop artists and learn more about them and their work. Coffee and nibbles make the conversation even better.

Williston Alumin Choir

Sunset Performance Series

Williston Alumni Community Choir

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 7 PM


Join us for an evening of gospel and spirituals from the Williston Alumni Community Choir. Fresh off the release of a new album, the choir will sing songs of triumph and hope that uplifts our community and the stories of the Boundless soldiers.

History of Williston Alumni Community Choir

The Williston High School Glee Club originally organized an alumni group in 1984 under the name of Williston Alumni Choral Ensemble directed by B. Constance O’Dell. The ensemble performed at Kenan Auditorium, Thalian Hall and Williston Alumni reunion events and even performed at the White House in December 1994. The original glee clubs were graduates of Williston Industrial School & Williston Senior High School under the direction of James Thompson and B. Constance O’Dell. The Willistonians participating in the group range from graduating classes of 1944 to last graduating class of 1968 and 1968 sophomores & juniors that attended Williston Senior High School. The group also consists of associate members that include alumni of the Williston Marching Band, Family & Friends of Williston Graduates.

The Wilmington Community Choir under the direction of Theodore Thorpe organized along with Williston Alumni Choral members to perform for the Wilmington Ten 40th Anniversary Commemoration on February 3, 2011. The two groups reorganized and combined as one in August 2011 renaming the group Williston Alumni Community Choir. This reorganization was under the direction of Marva Robinson with Theodore & Eastlyn Thorpe as Associate directors and accompanied by Monnie Swepson and Carolyn Jacobs. Due to death and illness the group is presently under the direction of Marva Robinson and accompanied by Monnie Swepson. This group is interested in continuing the legacy of the Williston Glee Club by recruiting new members through auditions.

Presented by

TD Bank


Earth Day Celebration


Saturday, October 21, 2023, 4:30-9 PM

Free outdoor event; gallery admission applies

Join us for the third annual FlowILM event on the grounds of Cameron Art Museum. The evening will feature an array of artists, scientists, local non-profits and UNCW labs / programs focused on local / global water issues. FlowILM is a free community art event committed to articulating the un/stable relationships between organisms, environments, creativity & technology. This event takes place in celebration of Earth Day, featuring aquatic organisms unique to the Cape Fear coastal ecosystem. Creative work can be experienced on the museum's exterior walls and landscapes and visitors are encouraged to meander the museum grounds exploring biologically and ecologically inspired art and performance.

From 4:30-6:30 participating organizations and labs will share their research with a focus on educational and family-oriented activities, while the second half from 6:30 to 9pm will feature live performance, dance, sculpture, installation, light and sound work. This event is produced by the Coaction Lab at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Cameron Art Museum and sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington, the UNCW College of Arts & Sciences and the Office for Applied Learning & High Impact Practices.

CLICK HERE to view project website

Artist Talk with Nico Amortegui

Lugar de Encuentros | Place of Encounters

Artist Talk with Nico Amortegui

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 6 PM

CAM Members: $16; Not-Yet Members: $20

Nico Amortegui is a Charlotte-based artist that was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He learned many artistic skills and trades growing up in a family filled with creative types from architects and carpenters to designers, photographers and artists. Known for large-scale paintings and installations, his mural and sculpture works can be found in numerous cities throughout NC as well as Atlanta, DC, and Tel Aviv. Nico has completed 11 solo shows in four states since 2012 and 50+ group shows throughout the East Coast. Most notably, you can find his work with the Smithsonian Latinx Gateways Collection and regionally, at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, gates B7 & B10. Nico enjoys sculpting & wood-working with found objects, and spending time in his elaborate garden or ceramics studio.

Lugar De Encuentros / Place of Encounters exhibition related programming is made possible in part by:

AARP Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage

Artist Talk with Nico Amortegui


Portraiture with Everyday Materials with Nico Amortegui

Friday, October 27, 2023, 10 AM-4 PM

Adult: All Levels

CAM Members: $124; Not-Yet Members: $155

+$10 material fee

This workshop will explore abstract portraiture with attention to how lines, shape, and color work together. Flow of process will be discussed with the goal of guiding participants to identify and discover their own. An emphasis on using everyday materials to create an art piece will also be the theme.

Mary's Art Explorers

English | Spanish Art Explorers / Inglés | Español Exploradores del arte

I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Dia de los Muertos

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 10-11 AM / Jueves, 26 de octubre, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $5 per adult/child / Miembros del museo CAM: $5 por niño/adulto

Not-Yet Members: $10 per adult/child / Aún no miembros: $10 por niño/adulto

Children Ages 2 and Under: Free / Niños hasta 2 años: gratis

In honor of Day of the Dead, we will read I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Dia de los Muertos. We will create artwork inspired by our story and explore our exhibitions together. Our book will be read in both English and Spanish, and a Spanish-speaking staff member will offer translation of the gallery exploration and art project instructions.

Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Your registration includes admission to the museum for the whole day. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!

It is with great honor that Cameron Art Museum pays tribute to Mary Cameron Hoey by naming its most popular and long-standing family program after her. Mary’s Art Explorers is a story time, art making, and museum exploration program.

Sponsored in part by / Patrocinado en parte por

Excite Credit Union

Weekly Programs

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger and Darren Shartle, RYT200

Tuesdays from 9-10 AM

Suggested Donation: $5

Come join us in an ever-changing gallery setting for a yoga practice designed for relaxation, rejuvenation and self-reflection. Come breathe with us as we restore the body and mind in a one hour session. Asanas are all-level and beginners are welcome. Participants can choose to use a mat or a chair. Donations support youth scholarships.

Public Tours

Public Tours

Wednesdays at 1:30 PM

Free with museum admission

Boundless Public Tours

Boundless Public Tours with Daniel Jones, CAM Cultural Curator

Fridays at 1 PM

Free with museum admission

Public tours of Boundless, a sculpture by NC artist Stephen Hayes commemorating the United States Colored Troops and their fight for freedom.

Photograph by Jeff Janowski/UNCW

Live Music at CAM Café

Live Music at CAM Café

Thursdays from 6-8 PM & Saturdays from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM


12 Roger Davis

19 Champion Saint-Amand

26 Warren Darrell

Illustration of Michaela Haley by Haley Branner, 2022

Upcoming Programs

AM Life Drawing

Monday, 10/2/2023

Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Tuesday, 10/3/2023

"Untitled" (Generations)

Saturday, 10/7/2023

Spanish Language Tour / Tour en español

Saturday, 10/7/2023

Techmoja: Loud As We Want

Saturday, 10/7/2023

AM Life Drawing

Monday, 10/9/2023