Featured Programs and Events

Family Saturday with Music Bird Studios

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10-11 AM

Free; Donations appreciated

Join us for Family Saturday at CAM! You can join us in person for this outdoor, socially distanced event (we will have precautions in place for safe, fun filled participation), or you can watch on Facebook Live. Simply go to Cameron Art Museum’s Facebook page and watch the live stream. Learn about our current nature-themed exhibitions though music, movement and art. Celebrate creativity in brand new ways.

Sponsored by Excite Credit Union

FlowILM Digital Projection


Digital Projection for Earth Day

Thursday, April 22, 6-9 PM

Free and open to the public

Cameron Art Museum will host FlowILM, a live performance and light and sound installation by a group of Interdisciplinary artists and scientists known as the Algae Society in celebration of Earth Day. Aquatic organisms unique to the Cape Fear River and coastal ecosystems will be projection-mapped onto the museum's exterior walls and landscapes, interfacing with silhouettes, shadows, and movements of a lone dancer, connected through the medium of sound. Water samples and data from the museum's pond and the surrounding community will make the invisible visible through projected digital light and scales of magnification. Visitors are encouraged to meander the museum grounds and interact with the art, experiencing symbiotic worlds of biological and ecological art, biomimicry, interactive systems, and multi-sensory data translation.

This outdoor event is presented free of charge. Social distancing and masks required. Rain dates will be Friday April 23rd or Saturday April 24th.

USCT Telethon

United States Colored Troop Public Sculpture


Saturday, April 24, 9 AM-3 PM on Facebook Live

The South was fighting for the Confederacy. The North was fighting to preserve the Union. The United States Colored Troops were fighting for their freedom.

Former slaves James Bayles enlisted in the 5th USCT in Yorktown, VA, in 1864. He was wounded at the Battle of Forks Roads in Wilmington, NC, where 1,600 brave USCT fought for freedom. learn their story this fall at Cameron Art Museum.

Join us for our USCT Public Sculpture Telethon on Facebook Live. To give today, visit our USCT Public Sculpture page or call (910) 395-5999.

Family Activity

Tree Whisperers Earth Day Family Activity with Fritzi Huber

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 11 AM-2 PM

Suggested Donation: $5

Join artist Frizi Huber in a celebration of Earth Day. Create your message on a paper round for our CAM community tree installation and make a paper round to take with you. Your paper round will become a part of Tree Whisperers, an ongoing project collecting messages from people around the world for large tree assemblages.

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.

2021 Design NC

2021 Virtual Design NC

Modernism to Maximalism:
Form and Function Reimagined

Thursday & Friday, April 29 & 30

Tickets: $150 (plus delivery fees for gift bags, if applicable)

Inspiration comes in all forms: modernist and maximalist, interiors and exteriors, in person and virtually! Join Design NC and the Cameron Art Museum on April 29th and April 30th as we live stream presentations from influential and renowned interior designers Thom Filicia and Celerie Kemble along with modernist architect Robert Gurney and ornamental and architectural plaster craftsman Foster Reeve. This year’s conversations will be set in a virtual forum where participants will enjoy live discussions on these varying design aesthetics as we explore how they differ and how they might be the same.

Phillip Gerrard

Philip Gerard: Live in the Galleries

Sunday, May 2, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with admission

Join writer and musician Philip Gerard as he plays live 6 and 12-string solo guitar in Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room. Gerard is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Cape Fear Rising, The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina, and Down the Wild Cape Fear. An avid musician, Gerard teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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

Live at CAM

CAM Café


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

Thursday, April 15
Jay Killman

Saturday, April 17
Roger Davis

Thursday, April 22
Emily Burdette

Saturday, April 24
Raphael Namé

Thursday, April 29
The Graes

Upcoming Programs

The Pandemic Story Quilt Project

Thursday, 4/22/2021

Art Explorer Thursdays

Thursday, 4/22/2021

Art Explorers with Miss Bobbi: Quilt Story Exhibit

Thursday, 4/22/2021

IN PERSON - Writing to Heal Mother Earth

Thursday, 4/22/2021

IN PERSON - Potters Wheel 101

Thursday, 4/22/2021

FlowILM – digital projection for Earth Day

Thursday, 4/22/2021