Featured Programs and Events



Elizabeth Bradford Exhibition Member Preview Day


Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room

Member Preview Day

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Member Tours at 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM

Maximum of 12 people per tour


CAM Members are encouraged to register for one of six tours on our Member Preview Day, Thursday, March 11, 2021. We believe a guided tour will enhance your museum experience and will inspire interest in this artist's work and her appreciation for the natural world. These informal tours will last approximately 30 minutes with an opportunity for follow-up and are offered to members only on this date.


There will be a 20% off Member Sale in the shop.


Not a member? We welcome you to join. Click Here


Image: Elizabeth Bradford, New Year, Stone Mountain [Detail], 2020, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.




Elizabeth Bradford Exhibition Public Opening


Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room

Public Tour with Elizabeth Bradford

Friday, March 12, 2021, 11 AM

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

Max 24 people


Join us for the public opening of Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room. There will be a tour with Elizabeth Bradford starting at 11 AM, pre-registration required.


Image: Elizabeth Bradford, Duckweed As Constellations [Detail], 2018, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 72 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.




Art Conversation with Elizabeth Bradford


Virtual Art Conversations

Elizabeth Bradford

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10 AM via Zoom

CAM Members: $3; Non-Members: $8; Students & Teachers: Free


Join us for an intimate conversation with North Carolina artist Elizabeth Bradford whose exhibition Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room opens at CAM March 12. Participants will have the unique opportunity to ask Elizabeth questions about her work and her process. Elizabeth Bradford’s masterful paintings originate from an intimate observation and profound reverence for the natural environment. This collection of paintings offers an invitation to share Bradford’s journey as she explores the gifts of the natural world. The reverence that she has for the environment, and all of its inhabitants, can inspire a deeper awareness of our interconnectedness and responsibility for its preservation and survival.




Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Second Sunday Concert


Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Second Sundays at CAM

Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2-3 PM

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


Come and hear the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings Chamber groups at this Second Sunday at CAM. Each chamber group was mentored by a Wilmington Symphony player and are part of WSO's Music for Youth programming.




Zimbabwe COVID Quilt


Community Project

Pandemic Story Quilt

Return Finished Quilt Square and/or Writing to CAM: Saturday, March 20 by 5 PM

Art Kits: $10 each

Limit of 3 kits per family/purchase, so that we can hear from many different families in our community about their experiences.


Cameron Art Museum and The Advocacy Project have come together to present the Pandemic Story Quilt Community Project. Create your own story quilt squares that will be sewn together into large quilts by Bobbi Fitzsimmons and local quilters. These will be displayed in an exhibition of Pandemic Story Quilts on display at the Cameron Art Museum this Spring.


How has the pandemic changed your life? The COVID pandemic has affected everyone. The ways in which it has impacted us may depend on where we live, our age, our families, and our health. People around the world have told their stories in pictures and those pictures are being put into quilts. Each quilt has a different perspective.


We would like you to tell your story with fabric and markers. We want to see how the pandemic has affected different people and in what ways. These story squares will be added into quilts to show different perspectives in the Wilmington community. The resulting quilts will be on display at the CAM beginning in April 2021


  • Your CAM bag includes two pieces of 10”x10” fabric (one to contribute to the Pandemic Story Quilt, and one for you to keep), five colorful permanent markers, one ultra-fine tip black marker, a piece of lined paper, and writing/idea suggestions.

  • Please sketch your design on a separate piece of paper before drawing on your fabric.

  • When you like what you have drawn, transfer your design to the fabric.

  • Leave at least half inch borders on each side of your design.

  • You are welcome to write down your story or poem on the paper provided and return it with your quilt squares. All returned writings will be made into a booklet that will be on display in the exhibition and available on our website.

  • Please only return one square per CAM bag (we have calculated the number of squares needed to create three quilts). Families are more than welcome to work on a square together!

  • Return your finished quilt square (and/or writing) to CAM by Saturday, March 20. If your quilt square has not been returned by this date, it cannot be included into the community quilt. You can return your quilt square to the front desk anytime during regular CAM business hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, closed Mondays).

Writing, like visual art, is a wonderful outlet for self-expression and self-care. If you’d like, pick any of the prompts below that speak to you and write about your experiences during the past year.


  • Who or what has given you strength during the pandemic? Describe specific experiences.

  • Who or what anchors you or sustains you? Why?

  • What does resiliency mean to you?

  • Describe a time in past year that you demonstrated resilience.

  • What are your strengths and talents? What strength or talent is ready to emerge, evolve, or resurface? What strengths or talents have you seen in yourself during the pandemic?

  • What thoughts or plans do you have about offering the gift of your strengths and talents to others?

Please contact education@cameronartmuseum.org with any questions.


Image Credit: Zimbabwe COVID Quilt




Pandemic Story Quilt Virtual Art Conversation


Virtual Art Conversations

Pandemic Story Quilt

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10 AM via Zoom

CAM Members: $3; Non-Members: $8; Students & Teachers: Free


Join CAM docent and Board member of The Advocacy Project and Director of Youth and Family Programs Georgia Mastroieni as they discuss the power of storytelling and art for those facing trauma and the Pandemic Story Quilt Project.




USCT Public Sculpture Project


Fundraiser postponed until Summer 2021

Wilmington United States Colored Troops Sculpture Project



On February 20-21, 1865, five USCT regiments from NC and Ohio braved open fire and certain death at the Battle of Forks Road. While these men fought to preserve the United States, they were also fighting a battle for their personal freedom and the freedom of their families. It is this remarkable story that Stephen Hayes will tell with his new sculpture on CAM’s grounds. The first section of the sculpture was delivered to Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, NC, the day before the shutdown. Stephen Hayes is now back in his studio at Duke University where he teaches and is finishing up the last section. The sculpture will be installed at CAM in November 2021. There will be a fundraiser held for the completion of the project in Summer 2021, date TBA.


Want to support the USCT Public Sculpture Project? Check out our USCT Sculpture Project page to learn more and make a donation. Every donation makes a difference!



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




February 2021

CAM Writers Respond to Art

Based on Cameron Art Museum's two exhibitions: Willie Cole's Black Art Matters and The Face of Lincoln


Please click here to view the PDF: Cam Writers Respond to Art




CAM Café

Live@CAM

Every Thursday 6–8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 AM–1:30 PM


Music, art, and a delicious meal, what could be better? Enjoy dinner or brunch in CAM Café with the music of local musicians.


Upcoming:


Thursday, March 11

Josh Youse

6-8 PM


Saturday, March 13

The Graes

11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Sunday, March 14

Roger Davis

11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Thursday, March 18

Bill Alston

6-8 PM


Saturday, March 20

Roger Davis

11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Sunday, March 21

Raphael Namé

11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Saturday, March 27

Wilmington Bluegrass School Instructor Band

11:30 AM-1:30 PM


Sunday, March 28

Josh Starkey

11:30 AM-1:30 PM





Upcoming Programs


IN PERSON: Drawing for Animation

Monday, 3/8/2021
4:30PM-6:00PM  

Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Wednesday, 3/10/2021
9:00AM-10:00AM  

Public Tour

Wednesday, 3/10/2021
1:30PM-2:30PM  

VIRTUAL Clay-Wiggly Bowl

Wednesday, 3/10/2021
4:30PM-5:30PM  

Member Preview: A House of One Room

Thursday, 3/11/2021
10:00AM-9:00PM  

Art Explorer Thursdays

Thursday, 3/11/2021
10:00AM-10:30AM