Friday Field Trip: CAM 

We’re back for another installment of our summer road trip series where we tell you about what’s going on elsewhere in the Carolinas!  This week we are highlighting The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, also known as CAM. Located a short drive outside of downtown Wilmington and only 15 minutes away from the beach, a visit to CAM is the perfect addition to your summer vacation or weekend getaway! They are even open on Sunday and their cafe serves brunch! We were excited to check out their current exhibition, She tells a story, a curated collection of work by 52 female artists from the musuem’s personal collection. The  selection is a mix of both contemporary and historical pieces, in all media from photography to painting, sculpture to ceramics, and even more traditional crafting techniques such as quilting. The unifying feature of all the works is their narrative characteristics. They each tell a story about a woman’s experience which is a part of the larger narrative of women in art. 

To add even more depth to the exhibition, 14 local writers were asked to respond to individual works of art and create original literary works. The poetry, prose, and stories presented alongside each work provide the viewer with an additional perspective on the work. The show is elegant, lovely, painful, and poignant. It was also exciting to see several NC artists in the show that we recognize! Check out some images below and be sure to check it out if you are heading to the area this summer!

Carolyn DeMeritt, “Tish”, silver gelatin print on paper, 1986

Susan Harbage Page, “Nun with Apple”, photogravure print, 2002

Nancy Webber, “Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Elizabeth Mellen, Art Historian, 1982.”, Chromogenic color print, 2015

Jean Zaslow, “Emergence”, cast paper, c.1986

Mary Cassatt, “The Letter”, dry point and aquatint on paper, 1891

Dixon Stetler, “Annual”, plastic speculums, wire, found objects, 2006

Audrey Flack, “Medea”, Cast Iron, 2007

Michele Tejuola Turner, “Grandma Nettie”, Gourd with water base paint, leather dye, and relief carving, 1999

Viola Frey, “Man Kicking the World II”, Ceramic, 2004

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