NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Exhibition Opens at CAM Wilmington

Raleigh, N.C. (Feb 26, 2018) — The North Carolina Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Exhibition opens Saturday, March 3 at the Cameron Art Museum (CAM) in Wilmington with the works of 17 contemporary artists.

The artists participating in the show include ten visual artists, three craft artists, two film/video artists, and two choreographers — all were recipients of the 2016-2017 Artist Fellowship awards.

“The scope of work in the exhibition shows that North Carolina continues to be a creative environment for artistic exploration, a place where diverse and innovative artists are supported and thrive,” CAM exhibition curator Holly Tripman Fitzgerald said. 

"Together, the artists in the exhibition offer a snapshot of what some of the best artists in North Carolina are doing and why they were recipients of the prestigious award," said Jeff Pettus, who oversees the Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program and serves as the Senior Program Director for Artists and Organizations

The N.C. Arts Council has awarded more than $5 million to over 600 artists since the program started 35 years ago. It is considered one of the country’s premier programs in supporting artists.  

“I am delighted that, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the North Carolina Arts Council has chosen to partner with the Cameron Art Museum to host its biennial Artists Fellowship Exhibition,” said Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. “This celebration of some of the state’s finest artists could not find a more welcoming venue than the Cameron.”

Works in the show range from the sculptural work of used silver platters by former Penland artist Jaydan Moore to the delicate paintings of Lien Truong of Chapel Hill that depict and reinterpret The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole, a Hudson River School mid-19th century painter.

Katina Parker, a filmmaker from Durham, will have five short videos for viewing, and Asheville artist Jackson Martin’s pieces will give a nod to the 40-hour work week with an installation composed of 300 hand-cut pieces of vinyl mesh fabric that reflect the dimensions of traditional cinder block. It took him 40 hours to create, and there is no thread or glue holding the fabric together. 

The exhibition runs through August 5 at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington and includes the work of the following fellowship recipients:  

Jason Adams, Visual Artist, Winston-Salem
Robin M. Gee, Choreographer, Greensboro
Andrew Hayes, Craft Artist, Asheville
Harriet Hoover, Visual Artist, Raleigh
John Huneycutt, Visual Artist, Oakboro
John W. Love, Jr., Visual Artist, Charlotte
Jackson Odell Martin, Visual Artist, Asheville
Jaydan Moore, Craft Artist, Penland  
Sheryl Oring, Visual Artist, Greensboro
Katina Parker, Film/Video Artist, Durham
Thomas Schmidt, Craft, Charlotte
Shannon Lee Silva, Film/Video Artist, Wilmington
Helen Simoneau, Choreographer, Winston-Salem
Lien Truong, Visual Artist, Chapel Hill
Andrea Vail, Visual Artist, Charlotte
Jina Valentine, Visual Artist, Durham 
Stephanie J. Woods, Visual Artist, Charlotte

The Cameron Art Museum is located at 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, N.C. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CAM is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information visit http://cameronartmuseum.org/ or 910.395.5999. 

About the Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum provides a cultural gathering place which enriches the lives of museum visitors and its community through high quality exhibitions, dynamic public programs, unique events, and educational opportunities in the visual and performing arts.

About The North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. http://www.NCArts.org