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State of the Art/Art of the State
May 6-7 • 5 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th St. • 395-5999
www.cameronartmuseum.com

PIED POTTER: Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s success within CAM’s clay studio was the inspiration for the creation of The Museum School. Photo by: UNCW/Jamie Moncrief.

For many wilmingtonians, Cameron Art Museum is a happening place just because of its sheer existence and the amazing resources it provides for all people who have the privilege to visit, take a class, or teach a highly varied number of art forms. From its inception in 1964 as St. John’s Museum of Art through its bold move to Pyramid Park in 2002 as Cameron Art Museum (CAM), Carolinians and art lovers throughout the country have valued this museum’s commitment to educating the public.

 

Inspired by Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s five-year success in CAM’s Pancoe Clay Studio, The Museum School now makes its home in additional dedicated studio space. It offers courses in drawing, painting, book arts, textiles, printmaking and photography.

Located in the former gift shop, the room has 22-foot ceilings and a capacious window from which beams of light stream during daytime hours (the gift shop is now down the hall in the galleria space across from the café).

“We are thrilled with Hiroshi’s work and will continue to support the evolution of The Clay Studio,” acting director Anne Brennan says. “But [we] needed an area free of dust, which the new space provides.”

Sueyoshi, a regular Pied Piper in pottery for the whole eastern seaboard, continues to draw new students to his daytime and evening classes, and holds open studio days for the public on Thursdays. Thanks in large part to Sueyoshi’s work, CAM received grants three years straight from the John Shaw Field Foundation. It will help replace necessary equipment for The Clay Studio and provide admission for Dreams’ students, Boys and Girls Club, Open House Emergency Center and individuals from the Yahweh Center.

Other master artists and founders of The Museum School, including Martha Burdette and Donna Moore, have enjoyed teaching drawing and painting to students in the newly dedicated and beautifully lit studio space, and look forward to more classes in the near future.

Renowned photographer Lisa Marie Albert will offer two upcoming classes, Documentary Photography and Building a Blog. Continuous education credits (CEUs) are given to students of New Hanover County Schools who complete The Museum School courses. Artists from these classes and across North Carolina will have a true hayday the first week in May.

“Counting 24 hours straight, from May 6th at 5 p.m. through May 7th at 5 p.m., with live music playing throughout the night, State of the Art/Art of the State will draw artists from all over North Carolina,” Brennan says. “It’s like a ‘happening!’”

As artists walk through CAM’s door with their work in hand, they will be greeted by two famous curators, Susan Davidson from the Guggenheim in New York and Nicholas Cullinan of Tate Modern in London. One of the famous curators will shake the artist’s hand and direct the installation of work. There are no jurors and no fees, and the exhibit will run from May 8th through October 30th, 2011. It is an artist’s dream come true!

For more information about registering for a class, forming a class, membership, children’s summer camp, State of the Art day and all other events at CAM, go to www.cameronartmuseum.com or call 395-5999.

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