Featured Programs and Events



Nest Project


Community Project

The NEST Project at CAM

Saturday, June 19, 2021

10 AM-1 PM Public Participating with Nest Building

1-2 PM Nest Rest (Artists take a lunch break)

2 PM until Artists complete the nest

Free & open to the public


We’re Building a NEST at CAM! And it’s going to be big. North Carolina artists Leatha Koefler and Brenda Brokke have been building and installing nests together since 2013. Inspired by the work of both exhibiting artists Robert Johnson and Elizabeth Bradford, Leatha and Brenda will build a nest on the grounds at CAM – with your help. We will also have Members of Island Wildlife Chapter and the Cae Fear Audubon with tables from 10 AM-1 PM. They will each offer information about native plants and how they can enhance your landscape.


This nest, their twentieth, will be a joint effort between the artists and our community. We invite you to help build the basic structure of the nest by adding branches and sticks and weaving them into the armature. You are even encouraged to bring sticks and shrub trimmings from your home to include in this oversized nest. (We suggest curved sticks or vines 24” or longer with little or no foliage. We will also have sticks on hand for your use) To Leatha and Brenda, the nest symbolizes home and a sanctuary within nature. By day’s end, Leatha and Brenda will complete the nest and the final design will allow visitors to enter the nest and experience feelings of security, wonderment or adventure while in the open. We await what the experience will mean to you. The nest will be large enough to provide social distancing – both while building and after completion. Open to all ages. No charge to watch or participate.


Young children are invited to participate in Family Saturday with Music Bird Studios from 10-11 AM. Miss Dara from Music Bird Studio will lead us through an interactive journey exploring the ideas of birds and nests, including music, movement and creativity. Ongoing from 10 AM-1 PM, children can also participate in paper nest collaging. Create your own nest using recycled cut paper and natural elements that you can take home!


Image courtesy of Nest artists




Art Explorers


Art Explorers

Wonderful Water

Thursday, July 8, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join Miss Bobbi and Miss Georgia as we explore different ways to have fun with water and art. We will read "Hey, Water" by Antoinette Portis and "Water" by Frank Asch, then head into the galleries to see how many different examples of water we can find in the paintings. We will create art outside using chalk and water, watercolors, and watered down paint in spray bottles. Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us.


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




Kids At CAM Turning the Wheel


Kids@CAM

Turning the Wheel

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM

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

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Special guests from ‘Turning the Wheel’ will help you discover the pleasure of movement games as they inspire your creativity, make you smarter and build resilience. Fun for all ages and abilities! Join us for improvisational movement games, mask making, and live music. Registration includes free admission to explore CAM’s current exhibitions, and family guide booklets are provided. Spend the morning enjoying art in many forms!


Turning the Wheel Productions, Inc is a national non-profit working with youth around the country, bringing our unique model of play, movement, and community building. Participants are given a chance to be seen, to lead, and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Research has established that spontaneous activity develops the brain’s ability to respond in non-patterned ways and discover new possibilities increasing resilience. We encourage the entire family to participate and take the activities home to share with your extended family.


Kids@CAM is sponsored by


Excite Credit Union




Art Explorers Nature Walk and Collage


Art Explorers

Nature Walk & Collage

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join Miss Bobbi for a day filled with nature and creativity. We will read "Summer Song" by Kevin Henkes "They Say Blue" by Jillian Tamaki, then head out onto CAM’s grounds for a nature-collecting walk. We will take what we collected and turn them into unique nature collages, then head into the galleries to see how many natural items we found on our walk can also be found in the paintings! Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us.


Image Credit: Robert Johnson (American, b. 1944), Grandfather Mountain State Park [detail], 2020, acrylic and oil on canvas. On loan from Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.




Speak Ya Peace


Spoken Word

Speak Ya Peace NC

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 7 PM

Admission by donation


Join us for spoken word in CAM’s reception hall with Speak Ya Peace NC. The mission of Speak Ya Peace NC is to reach hearts and minds and create effective dialogue within the community through artful interpretation. July marks our nation’s independence with the 4th of July, yet the fight for civil rights continues. Join with poets and musicians to dialogue about injustices that are still are prevalent and operating through systematic racism. Art is at the heart of our healing and connection. We must be truthful for healing to occur. Speak Ya Peace NC, and Speak Out.





USCT Public Sculpture Project


Wilmington United States Colored Troops
Public Sculpture Project

Fundraiser


Saturday, September 18, 2021, 5:30-8:30 PM

Tickets: $35


With your help, CAM will illuminate the story of the USCT and their contribution to the history of North Carolina through a dynamic figurative work of public art by artist Stephen Hayes.


Cameron Art Museum was the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the USCT and led to the fall of Wilmington. Many of the over 2,000 African-American soldiers who fought here were native to this area, and after the war, many of them stayed to settle, raise their families, and build community. Their impact is significant, yet their story is virtually unknown.


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 Raffle


Wilmington United States Colored Troops
Public Sculpture Project

Raffle for Don Stiver Buffalo Soldier Prints


Two Drawings: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tickets: $25


Raffle for two (2) Buffalo soldier prints by Don Stivers. Total of 300 tickets will be sold. No refunds.


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




Live at CAM


CAM Café

Live@CAM

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

Temporarily Cancelled





Upcoming Programs


Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Wednesday, 6/23/2021
9:00AM-10:00AM  

Public Tour

Wednesday, 6/23/2021
1:30PM-2:30PM  

Art Explorers on Facebook Live

Thursday, 6/24/2021
10:00AM-10:30AM  

Exploring the World of Elizabeth Bradford

Sunday, 6/27/2021
2:30PM-4:00PM  

Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Wednesday, 7/7/2021
9:00AM-10:00AM  

Public Tour

Wednesday, 7/7/2021
1:30PM-2:30PM