Cameron Art Museum
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|Cameron Art Museum|
|Location||3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina
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The Cameron Art Museum, formerly known as St. John’s Museum of Art, was established in 1964 in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The museum operated successfully in the downtown area for forty years and grew enormously during this time. In 2001 St John’s Museum of Art had outgrown its small downtown gallery space and was relocated to the intersection of Independence and 17th Streets, changing its name to the Cameron Art Museum. The museum’s new facilities allowed for the construction of three exhibition areas along with lecture and reception hall. In addition, it provided space for outdoor exhibits, a clay studio, and an arts education center.
The Cameron Art Museum offers several rotating exhibitions annually of historical and contemporary significance. The museum's permanent collection is composed of work by international, national, and local artists and covers a variety of disciplines.
Civil War Battle Site
The Cameron Art Museum’s new location on Independence Street is also home to the significant Civil War site of the Battle of Forks Road fought on February 20, 1865. The Confederate loss at the Battle of Forks Road directly following the Fall of Fort Fisher marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. The loss at Forks Road placed the Cape Fear Port in the hands of the Union cutting off supply lines to General Robert E. Lee in Northern Virginia and leading to the final surrender of the Confederate Army. The museum grounds are lined with Confederate revetments built during the Battle of Forks Road and every year the museum commemorates the lives lost on its property with a re-enactment of the battle followed by lectures, workshops, and artillery demonstrations.
The Museum School
The Museum School at the Cameron Art Museum provides adult and youth art education including a range of beginning and master classes which can include CEU credit through New Hanover County Schools. Distinctions of The Museum School programming include instructor-guided access to the museum’s exhibitions and select objects in the museum’s permanent collection not on view, and access to the museum’s non-circulating art library numbering over 2000 publications and monographs. Additionally, the School creates employment opportunities for area artists and instructors.