Featured Programs and Events



Jazz at CAM


Jazz@CAM

Series 2021-22

First Thursday of Every Month, 6:30-8 PM

CFJS/CAM Members: $25; Non-Membes: $30
Students w/valid ID: $15; Military w/ID: $15


CAM announces its 11th year of Jazz@CAM featuring the best local and regional jazz. This series is presented in partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society.




Illumination 2021


Illumination 2021

Opening Reception

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10 AM-7:30 PM


Walk amongst over 40 artist-made lanterns exploring the theme of rebirth and renewal. Bathe in the light of these amazing lighted sculptures on view from December 3 to January 9, 2022.


Artist awards announced at 5 P with performances by Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and live music from Smoky Dunes. CAM Café will be open until 7:30 PM serving cocktails and light bites.


Illumination 2021 is presented by


Excite Credit Union




Kids At CAM Clyde's Holiday by the Sea




Kids@CAM

Clyde's Holiday by the Sea!

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM

CAM Members: $25; Non-Members: $35

AT-HOME or IN-PERSON; pre-registration required

Be a part of our 12th Annual Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea! AT HOME or IN PERSON. With everyone’s safety and comfort in mind, we have devised two ways you can join in the collaborative community fun.


Want to be a part of our community installation from your own home? No problem! You can purchase a Clyde’s Critter Art Kit and drop off your completed Critter. It will be added to our Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea Community Installation, on display on CAM’s grounds throughout the holiday season. This year, Kids Making It has made BRAND NEW critters in a variety of sea-themed shapes.


Your Critter Kit inlcudes:

  • 1 Clyde Critter (to contribute to the community installation)
  • Paint (every kit has a different assortment of four colors, so they will come out unique and colorful just like Clyde Jones’ critters!)
  • 2 Brushes
  • 2 Wooden Ornaments (to keep for yourself!)
  • 2 Markers
  • 1 Glitter Glue Pen
  • Canvas CAM Tote Bag

Feel free to decorate your critter with your own paint, markers, or other coloring materials. CAM staff will finish the critters with lacquer, to make sure it fares well in the outdoors, so please keep your decorative details flat.


Pick up your Critter Kit beginning November 2nd, anytime during regular CAM hours (Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursdays 10 AM to 9 PM). You must return your finished Critter by Saturday, December 4th for it to be added to the installation.


You can also join us for an outdoor (weather permitting), socially distanced Critter Creation event on Saturday, December 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM. You will need to pre-register for an hour spot, so we can ensure safe social distancing and participation. Your registration includes ONE Critter Kit (items included in kit listed above), a designated area to work, and wipes for any paint spills. (If you are bringing multiple children, you may want to reserve one spot per child so they each have their own critter kit.) We ask that everyone respect the time frame you sign up for and leave at the end of your hour so CAM staff can clean your working area for the next family. Masks are required if you enter CAM or Pancoe Education Center.


Contact Georgia Mastroieni, Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, with any questions: georgia@cameronartmuseum.org


Kids@CAM is sponsored by


Excite Credit Union




Art Explorers The Snowy Day


Art Explorers

The Snowy Day with Halyburton Park

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10-11 AM

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

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Brrrrr, time to play with snow! We will read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and get into a wintery mood. Guest educator Jessica Stitt from Halyburton Park will show us how to make fake snow, and we will create our own snowy landscapes using cotton, tissue paper and craft supplies.


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!




Minnie Evans Birthday Celebration


Minnie Evans 129th Birthday Celebration

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 11 AM-3 PM


In honor of Minnie Evan’s 129th Birthday, the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber ensembles will perform works of music inspired by her works of art. Cameron Art Museum supplied five of Minnie Evans’s artworks to inspire the orchestra. The WSO has commissioned local composer, and former WSYO student, Algernon (AJ) Robinson, to write a composition for quartet honoring her many works of art.


Cameron Art Museum will also display the artwork that inspired the musical selections being played at this very special event and special tours of the work with CAM Executive Director Anne Brennan will be offered at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.


CAM education staff invites visitors to create a Minnie Evans inspired ornament in the CAM courtyard from 11 AM-12:30 PM.


Born in Pender County, Minnie Evans spent her life in the Wilmington area. Many of Minnie Evans’s works were inspired by the plants at the Airlie Gardens and her compositions were mostly abstractions blending nature with the face of God. Her work is known for highly charged color and meticulous symmetry and is often compared to Buddhist mandala paintings.


In 1934, Ms. Evans said she had a vision from God, who told her she must draw and paint. By the mid '50's she was painting in oil and in 1961, she had her first formal exhibit at the Little Gallery, the predecessor to St. John's. In 1962, she met New York photographer Nina Howell Starr. In 1966, Mrs. Starr helped arrange exhibits of her work at the Church of the Epiphany and St. Clements Episcopal Church in New York. From that time on she was featured in shows all over the country and overseas. Her works are found in major museums and many private collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She was recently featured in the international Outsider Art Fair. CAM is home to the Minnie Evans Study Center and is committed to preserving and researching her life and work.



Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Second Sundays at CAM


Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Second Sundays at CAM

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 2 PM

Adult: $10; Students and children 19 and under: Free


“We talk of heaven, we think everything is going to be white. But I believe we’re going to have the beautiful rainbow colors.” – Minnie Evans


In honor of Minnie Evan’s 129th Birthday, the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber ensembles will perform works of music inspired by her works of art. Many of her works were inspired by the plants at the Arlie Gardens and her compositions were mostly abstractions blending nature with the face of God. Her work is known for highly charged color and meticulous symmetry and is often compared to Buddhist mandala paintings. The WSO has commissioned local composer, and former WSYO student, Algernon (AJ) Robinson, to write a composition for quartet honoring her many works of art.


Cameron Art Museum will also display the artwork that inspired the musical selections being played at this very special event.




Art Explorers How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Art Explorers

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thursday, December 23, 2021, 10-11 AM

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

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join us for a reading of Dr. Suess’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We will explore our Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea community installation and our new Illumination lantern exhibition. We will listen to holiday music while making holiday crafts and enjoying hot chocolate with marshmallows. Enjoy Christmas Eve’s eve at the CAM!


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!




Floating Lantern Ceremony


In-Person Event

Floating Lantern Ceremony

Sunday, January 9, 2022, 4-7 PM

Lantern Sleeves: $12 ($15 on January 9) at CAM Museum Shop


We all have individual reasons to create our own Floating Lantern . . . to honor someone who is a dear friend, to memorialize a cherished family member or treasure a special moment experienced during the year. CAM’s Floating Lantern Ceremony returns to an in-person event this year. Visit CAM on January 9 and join others at CAM’s Reflection Pond in an expression of Remembrance, Reflection and Gratitude. CAM admission applies to all indoor exhibitions (January 9 is last day for Illumination) but there is no charge to attend the Floating Lantern Ceremony. Live music near the pond and hot chocolate, beverages and light food service available from CAM Café.


Lantern Sleeves sales start today! Gathering with friends or family over Thanksgiving? It’s a great time to decorate your lantern sleeve and be ready for the Floating Lantern Ceremony on January 9, 2022. Lantern sleeves are on sale now at CAM Museum Shop for $12 ($15 on January 9).




An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams


USCT Public Program Series

An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 2 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


Join us as musician, educator, and historian Mary D. Williams explores the legacy of the USCT through song. Williams has performed and provided her voice to the soundtrack of Blood Done Sign My Name (February 2010). She has also performed at the North Carolina State Capitol and has been featured on Dick Gordon’s The Story, as well as on National Public Radio. Williams is both a scholar and a musician, whose breathtaking voice takes listeners on a journey through time.


Photo by Sandra Davidson from the North Carolina Arts Council


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts






Upcoming Programs


Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Wednesday, 12/1/2021
9:00AM-10:00AM  

Realistic Bow Tie - Oil Painting Class

Wednesday, 12/1/2021
10:00AM-12:00PM  

Public Tour

Wednesday, 12/1/2021
1:30PM-2:00PM  

Evening Life Drawing – session 2

Wednesday, 12/1/2021
6:30PM-9:00PM  

Live@CAM Cafe: Roger Davis

Thursday, 12/2/2021
6:00PM-8:00PM  

Sculptural and Functional Pottery

Thursday, 12/2/2021
6:00PM-9:00PM