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aia awards


Lecture & Design Awards

Thursday, February 27, 6 PM Reception, 7 PM Awards & Lecture
AIA/CAM Members: Free, Non-members: $10, Students w/ID: $5

Purchase seats night of.

Join us for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wilmington Design Awards, which recognizes the design expertise and excellence of architects in the AIA Wilmington section. Entries are in the following categories: Commercial, Small Residential, Large Residential, and Renovation. This evening's speaker, Kyle May of Kyle May Architects, Brooklyn, NY will be assembling his staff to evaluate the design award entries.

Kyle May is a Principal at KM, A,which he founded in 2014. Based in New York, he is a registered architect in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio. In 2011, May co-founded and is Editor-in-Chief of CLOG, an international publication that critically explorers one topic at a time from as many perspectives as possible. He has organized events and lectures in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, and Venice, and co-curated travelling exhibitions. Kyle is also a 2014 Graham Foundation grant co-recipient for his research on architect Wallace Harrison. May has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and NYC College of Technology, and has been a visiting critic at Yale University, MIT, Harvard GSD, Princeton University, Columbia University, among many others.


Living History

Battle of Forks Road and the Fight for Freedom

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11 AM-2 PM
Free & open to the public

Celebrate Black History month at CAM with a day celebrating and exploring the role of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) at the Battle of Forks Road and in the Cape Region. Explore history with USCT re-enactors from Tryon Palace and Battery B (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) on the museum’s grounds. USCT re-enactors will demonstrate Civil War-era soldier camp conditions, allowing visitors to see first-hand what it was like to be a USCT soldier.

At 1:00 pm, Civil War historian Chris Fonvielle will do a presentation and sign copies of his new book (available in the Museum Shop) focusing on the USCT at Forks Road, Glory at Wilmington: The Battle of Forks Road. “The Battle of Forks Road,” a locally produced film by Adam Alphin and Heather Wilson will also screen throughout the day.

CAM’s grounds were the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the USCT. Many of the 1600 African-American soldiers who fought at Forks Road 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.

During the programming, Clell Hamm and his family will present their special gift of a bronze Lincoln portrait sculpture to the museum.

Later this year, the Battle of Forks Road will come to life in a full-size bronze sculpture that honors the Wilmington United States Colored Troops. There will be several opportunities during the day to learn more about the unique story of the USCT. Please join us



Lenora Zenzalai Helm

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30 PM
CAM/CFJS Members: $17, Non-members: $25, Students with valid ID: $12

"Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a singer with all the right stuff: a musician in the broadest and most complete definition of the word, with an expansive vision that subsumes category. The breadth of her expression is staggering…her technical prowess is phenomenal…superb creative arranging skills…thoughtful composer. [She] has plenty in her arsenal of talents." -Stanley Cowell, Pianist

Zenzalai Helm is making her first appearance in the CAM jazz series joined by Ed Paolantonio on piano and Natalie Boeyink on bass. Throughout her 30+-year span of musical achievements as a Jazz Vocal Musician specializing in Classic, Traditional jazz standard, Lenora Zenzalai (ZenZAYLay) Helm has toured, recorded, and performed with renowned artists around the world. Her career as a vocal-musician has encompassed time as a lyricist, guest artist, background singer, composer, and educator at North Carolina Central University. Helm has earned recognition as: a quarter-finalist for the 2014 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, a Salzburg Global Citizenship Fellow, a UNC Global Educator Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and the former US Jazz Ambassador under the State Department and Kennedy Center.


Art Appreciation

America's Changing Realsim with Professor Hank Steffans

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2:30-4 PM
CAM Members: $16, Non-members: $20

Sign painting, landscape painting, and portrait painting were the core of early American realist painting. 'The New Eden' provided limitless subjects for the landscape painter. The American Revolution provided pressing demands for new portraits. After the Civil War, new trends in painting appeared. Thomas Eakins, a Philadelphia artist and important teacher, introduced new techniques and new approaches to both landscape painting and portraits. His landscapes focused on urban life and his portraits had psychological meaning as well as superficial likeness. (image: "Mrs. Thomas Eakins, T. Eakins original oil, c. 1899) Continue to scroll to see next up in Art Appreciation Series.

Image Credit: Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916), Mending the Net, 1882

Design NC

The Language of Design:

Translating Tradition 2020

March 26 & 27
Cocktail Party tickets and Sponsorships available, Forum tickets wait-listed

Design NC grows to a two-day fundraising event, kicking off on Thursday, March 26 with an afternoon plaster class and evening VIP cocktail party. The VIP Cocktail provides guests an opportunity to mingle with the speakers while enjoying an evening of high-end design and refreshments. Tickets are still available to this luxurious event.

Friday, March 27 will feature keynote talks by celebrated architect Peter Pennoyer, and designer, Katie Ridder. Their talks will be followed by Foster Reeve, the founder of Foster Reeve & Associates, Inc., a manufacturing company specializing in architectural and ornamental plaster products. A beautiful luncheon will provide the opportunity for mingling and refreshment with recipes inspired by the final speaker of the day, Frances Schultz: writer, television personality, taste-maker and enthusiast on decoration and design. Though tickets are waitlisted for the Friday forum and luncheon, please join us for Thursday’s VIP cocktail.

Presenting Sponsor



Design NC 2020

Plaster Class

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 1:30-3:30 PM

Join Emily Bedard, Studio Director at Foster Reeve Plaster, for a presentation reviewing the use of ornamental plasterwork in classical design and the hands-on processes associated with the craft. Volunteers will be taken from the audience to actively participate during the presentation – these participants will be invited to pick up the tools and perform the demonstrated exercises along with the instructor. Whether getting your hands dirty or remaining a spectator, this presentation offers a fun and educational experience on the uses and techniques of contemporary plasterwork.


Every Wednesday at 1:30 PM
Every Sunday at 1:30 PM
CAM Members: Free, Museum Admission all others
Explore, discover and discuss the art work currently on view with these docent-led tours.

FAMILIES: Art Explorer Thursdays

NEW TIME: Every Thursday 10-11 AM
Suggested Donation: $5.00 per family
Come bring your little ones to CAM for story reading and art making! Enjoy open studio time with your family – read stories, create art with a variety of supplies, and have fun with friends! No pre-registration necessary. Parental Supervision Required at all times.

Upcoming Programs

GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers

Sunday, 2/23/2020

AIA Wilmington: Lecture & Design Awards

Thursday, 2/27/2020

Grounded: A Journey With Color and Texture

Friday, 3/6/2020

'Resilience' Screening

Friday, 3/6/2020

Grounded: A Journey With Color and Texture

Saturday, 3/7/2020

Wilmington USCT Public Sculpture Fundraiser

Saturday, 3/14/2020