Featured Programs and Events



Jazz at CAM


Jazz@CAM

Series 2021-22

First Thursday of Every Month, 6:30-8 PM

CFJS/CAM Members: $25; Non-Membes: $30
Students w/valid ID: $15; Military w/ID: $15


CAM announces its 11th year of Jazz@CAM featuring the best local and regional jazz. This series is presented in partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society.




Spoken Word COAST Poetry Jam


Spoken Word

COAST Poetry Jam

Friday, September 24, 2021, 7-10 PM

Admission: $15


A night of Spoken Word when Poets converge with music, comedy, and crowd participation during the Coast 97.3 Poetry Jam. Hosted by Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman and produced by Sandra “The Mid Day Miss” of Coast 97.3. Sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance and CAM. Proceeds benefit the NC Black Film Festival




Kids At CAM GLOW and GRITS


Kids@CAM

Island Wildlife Chapter

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM

CAM Members: $5 per child; Non-Members: $10

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Where is the Wilderness? This event will introduce you to the natural world that's around us all the time that we sometimes fail to examine and experience deliberately. Island Wildlife board members, author Virginia Holman and botanist Jessica Roach, will lead students on two short educational nature walks at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM on the CAM grounds. Virginia will teach kids how to transform these observations into found art and found poetry that celebrates the wilderness around and within each of us. Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room explores the same themes in her own paintings!


Registration includes free admission to explore CAM’s current exhibitions. Kids @ CAM is fun for the whole family, and parental supervision is required at all times.


The mission of Island Wildlife is to promote conservation and stewardship of the Lower Cape Fear region through education, outreach, and collaboration. Learn more on their website


Kids@CAM is sponsored by


Excite Credit Union




Community Lantern Workshop


Illumination 2021

Community Lantern Workshop

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11 AM-1 PM

Free and open to the public


The public is invited to participate in this year’s Community Lantern Workshop. The Community Lantern for this year will imbue the theme of Illumination 2021 – “Rebirth and Renewal.” When completed, the lantern hangs with other lanterns in Illumination in CAM’s galleries. No registration or fee.




Lopez Tabor Duo


Concert

Lopez Tabor Duo

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:30-8 PM

Adults: $20; Students w/valid ID: $15


From European Classics to Latin American Popular and Folk Traditions


The Lopez Tabor Duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Michelle Tabor, piano, have performed and toured together in the southeastern U.S. and Venezuela since 2004. Alfonso Lopez is one of the most prominent and versatile musicians of his country. He holds the important position of concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the national and principal orchestra, which has been nominated twice (in 2013 and 2017) to receive a Latin Grammy award. He is also a conductor, teacher, and composer. Michelle Tabor grew up in Venezuela and now lives in Tallahassee, FL. She holds doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in music from Florida State University, the University of Denver, and Tulane University.




Artist Talk with Elizabeth Bradford


Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room

Artist Talk with Elizabeth Bradford

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 1 PM

CAM Members: $15; Non-Members: $20


Say goodbye to Elizabeth Bradford's stunning exhibition A House of One Room with an intimate gallery talk with the artist herself. Elizabeth will lead two gallery talks of her exhibition before it closes, one at 1 PM and one at 3 PM. Register early. These will fill up quickly.




Artist Talk with Elizabeth Bradford


Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room

Artist Talk with Elizabeth Bradford

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 3 PM

CAM Members: $15; Non-Members: $20


Say goodbye to Elizabeth Bradford's stunning exhibition A House of One Room with an intimate gallery talk with the artist herself. Elizabeth will lead two gallery talks of her exhibition before it closes, one at 1 PM and one at 3 PM. Register early. These will fill up quickly.




Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Second Sundays at CAM


Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Second Sundays at CAM

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 2 PM

Adult: $10; Students and children 19 and under: Free


Step into the galleries on Sunday afternoons and surround yourself with art and classical music at CAM. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and Cameron Art Museum have partnered to bring more classical music to Wilmington! Our October 10, 2021 program features our WSYO chamber music ensembles mentored by our WSO musicians Sarah Hand, Roy Robuck and Brent Trubia. Chamber Music ensembles are built to give the student a deep and creative experience in the chamber music genre.




Kids At CAM Table of Remembrance


Kids@CAM

Table of Remembrance with Fritzi Huber

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM

CAM Members: $5 per child; Non-Members: $10

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Artist Fritzi Huber will lead art activities inspired by our current exhibition Pinkie’s Memories, and the Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos. Children and families will create tissue paper marigolds, dead bread (remembrance sculptures made of pre-made pay dough), and draw portraits of a person or pet you miss on blank paper picture frames. (Feel free to bring photographs of your loved ones to sketch from.) We will use these art pieces to decorate a small ofrenda that will remain on display in the reception hall through October 31st. Spend the morning celebrating your memories in creative, beautiful ways.


As a part of the NEA Big Read, there will be readings of Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros throughout the event. Every child will get their OWN copy of Hairs/Pelitos to keep! This opportunity is offered in partnership with UNCW's Office of the Arts.


Registration includes free admission to explore CAM’s current exhibitions. Kids @ CAM is fun for the whole family, and parental supervision is required at all times. Space is limited so please pre-register to guarantee your spot.


Kids@CAM is sponsored by


Excite Credit Union




Artist Talk with Pinkie Strother


Pinkie's Memories

Artist Talk with Pinkie Strother

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2 PM

CAM Members: $15; Non-Members: $20


Join artist Pinkie Strother for an intimate talk in the gallery as she guides you through her exhibition Pinkie's Memories. Travel to rural landscapes of the 1950s and 1960s with Pinkie as she walks through her mixed media dioramas in 1 inch scale and beautiful paintings that recreate the houses, churches, schools, and libraries of her childhood.




USCT Public Sculpture Project


Wilmington United States Colored
Troops Public Sculpture Project

Unveiling November 13, 2021


Join us for the unveiling of Boundless, a new work of art by North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes Saturday, November 13, 2021.


Cameron Art Museum was the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and led to the fall of Wilmington. Many of the 1600 African-American soldiers who fought here were native to this area, and after the war, many of them stayed to settle, raise their families, establish educational opportunities, and build a thriving merchant class. Their impact is significant, yet their story is virtually unknown.


The life-size bronze (9 ft x 11 ft x 3 ft) sculpture by artist Stephen Hayes will be unveiled November 13, 2021 with programming commemorating the story of the USCT. The sculpture itself is fashioned from the cast features of 11 African American men connected to the site and its story -- USCT descendants, reenactors, veterans, and community leaders. The sculpture is connected deeply to the community’s history, its present, and its future. The USCT Project is timely and necessary, as our nation looks closely at issues of race and systemic racism.


Help make this sculpture possible: USCT Public Sculpture Project Page


For more information, please contact Heather Wilson at deputydirector@cameronartmuseum.org or John McDonnell at development@cameronartmuseum.org or call (910) 395-5999 ext. 1003




Conversation with Stephen Hayes


USCT Public Program Series

A Conversation With Stephen Hayes

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 3 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


Join CAM’s Deputy Director Heather Wilson for this special conversation with Boundless artist Stephen Hayes and two of the men he cast for the new USCT sculpture. This conversation, which will delve into Hayes’s process and the experience of the casting process, will be followed by a Q&A.


Photo courtesy of PBSNC


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts





An Eveneing with Natasha Tretheway


USCT Public Program Series

Virtual: An evening with Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


“Trethewey has a genuine gift for verse forms, and the depth of her engagement in language marks her as a true poet.” —Washington Post


“Trethewey’s writing mines the cavernous isolation, brutality, and resilience of African American history, tracing its subterranean echoes to today.” —New Yorker


When planning the USCT Public Sculpture Project, CAM’s team found inspiration in Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry Native Guard, which explores the racial legacy of our country through poems that explore the experience of USCT soldiers. Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote, “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.” Trethewey was the first Southerner to receive the honor since Robert Penn Warren, in 1986, and the first African-American since Rita Dove, in 1993. Join us for an intimate reading, Q&A, and book signing with this brilliant poet. This project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Trethewey is the author of Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, a retrospective drawing together verse that delineates the stories of working class African American women, a mixed-race prostitute, one of the first black Civil War regiments, mestizo and mulatto figures in Casta paintings, Gulf coast victims of Katrina; Thrall (2012), which the Washington Post called “a powerful, beautifully crafted book”; Native Guard (2007), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Trethewey is also the author of the poetry chapbook Congregation (2015) and the prose book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2012), and she served as editor of The Best American Poetry 2017. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020).


Among her many honors, Trethewey is the recipient of the 2020 Bobbitt Prize for Lifetime Achievement, a 2017 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category, as well as the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. In the judge’s citation, Marilyn Nelson stated: “Natasha Trethewey’s poems plumb personal and national history to meditate on the conundrum of American racial identities. Whether writing of her complex family torn by tragic loss, or in diverse imagined voices from the more distant past, Trethewey encourages us to reflect, learn, and experience delight. The wide scope of her interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.”


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts




An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams


USCT Public Program Series

An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 2 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


Join us as musician, educator, and historian Mary D. Williams explores the legacy of the USCT through song. Williams has performed and provided her voice to the soundtrack of Blood Done Sign My Name (February 2010). She has also performed at the North Carolina State Capitol and has been featured on Dick Gordon’s The Story, as well as on National Public Radio. Williams is both a scholar and a musician, whose breathtaking voice takes listeners on a journey through time.


Photo by Sandra Davidson from the North Carolina Arts Council


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts






Upcoming Programs


Kids @ CAM with Island Wildlife Chapter

Saturday, 9/25/2021
10:00AM-12:00PM  

Out-of-the-Box Short-form Hybrid Works Condensed

Saturday, 9/25/2021
10:00AM-1:00PM  

The Camera in your Pocket

Saturday, 9/25/2021
10:00AM-1:00PM  

Community Lantern Workshop

Saturday, 9/25/2021
10:00AM-1:00PM  

YOUTH: Pottery for Teens

Saturday, 9/25/2021
11:00AM-1:00PM  

Folding Into Fall: Mindfulness Writing and Craft

Sunday, 9/26/2021
1:00PM-2:30PM