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State of the Art

April 9, 2022 - October 9, 2022

For visitors under the age of 18, there may be challenging content, so parental guidance is advised. Thank you.

Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists are invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 5:00 pm Friday, April 1 and 5:00 pm Saturday, April 2, 2022). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator will be present to greet each artist. This project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators, and the public during the course of the exhibition.

Artists must pick up their artwork at the designated pick-up times. Artworks must be picked up on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

To view submitted works, and for more information about the artists featured in the SOTA exhibition, please click here: camstateof the art.org

While You're Here..

  • Stroll through the ART PARK with sculptures by Charlie Brouwer, Clyde Jones, Vollis Simpson, Mel Chin and Hiroshi Sueyoshi located throughout.

  • Take an up close look at Cameron Art Museum's whirly-gig by Vollis Simpson.

  • Visit the USCT Sculpture Park, within the historic Forks Road Civil War Site. View Stephen Hayes' sculpture, "Boundless," commemorating the soldiers of the United States Colored Troops who fought on the site. Walk along the only remaining vestige of historic Federal Point Road, the primary thoroughfare in the 1860s from Fort Fisher to Wilmington. See a reconstruction of the Confederate revetments which originally spanned a course of five miles from the Cape Fear River to present-day Hugh MacRae Park. On the NC Civil War Trails marker, read about the Forks Road battle on February 20-12, 1865 fought victoriously by 1600 United States Colored Troops, contributing to the Fall of Wilmington on February 22, 1865.

  • Enjoy a stroll along the pond and through the NATURE TRAILS located on the 9.3 acres of the museum campus. The trail winds its way from the museum front door north to our historic woodlands. On the trail you will observe native plant and animal life. Also walk along the FRUIT GROVE planted in 2011 in honor of Paul W. Phillips, CAM's Senior Security Guard. The orchard contains white and black muscadine grapes, peach, pear, fig, apple, plum and blueberry plantings.

  • PICNIC AREAS located throughout Pyramid Park. Ride your bike over to the museum and grab lunch at CAM Cafe to enjoy at the picnic tables.