“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

Celebrate Illuminating LIGHT at Cameron Art Museum this Holiday Season as the sparkle and magic of the holidays become center stage. The museum will host a variety of events that bring visual art, community, craft, and reflection together in a celebration of light that sparkles all throughout the holiday season.

Written by Amanda Lisk

Photos by Alan Cradick

ILLUMINATION 2021 Rebirth + Renewal EXHIBITION Dec.3, 2019 – Jan. 9, 2020

In its sixth year, the museum’s annual Illumination Exhibition ignites with a party followed by the opening of the exhibition showcasing the element of light through the eye of the artist. Illumination 2021 Rebirth + Renewal, will showcase over 40 artist-made lanterns exploring themes of hope as well as trepidation connected to our collective pandemic experience.

CAM received a record number of submissions when the call-to-artists went out over the summer and had a difficult time narrowing it down. Many local Wilmington and North Carolina artists are well represented alongside work from artists from as far away as Illinois, Virginia, and Texas.

With titles such as “The New Normal”, “Ultimate Home Makeover”, “Star of Hope” and “The Awakening of Spring”, visitors will walk amongst lighted sculptures created in a variety of mediums and sizes that fill CAM’s Brown Wing Gallery with light. Some are hanging, some rest on pedestals, while others invite viewers to walk around them on the floor.

Over 40 artists are competing for 3 cash prizes totaling $1,500 which will be announced at the opening. This year’s eclectic group of judges include: WECT’s and Fox Wilmington’s Ashlea Kosikowski, Penguin Radio’s Beau Gunn, UNCW Art professors and artists Anne Lindberg, Gene Felice and Donald Furst, D. Baxter’s Lamp Shop’s own Debbie Baxter, Port City Daily’s Editor Shea Carter and Kimberly Cheatham from UNCW’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Cameron Art Museum is thrilled to be working with a great group of judges with deep ties to the Wilmington community. The Wilmington community itself is also invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award to be awarded later during the run of the exhibition.

FLOATING LANTERNS CEREMONY Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 from 4PM to 7PM

To continue the theme of light and expression through lanterns, Cameron Art Museum also invites the community to take part in the highly popular floating lantern ceremony, this year to be held the evening of Jan. 9, 2021.

“We wanted to create a meaningful tradition here for the holidays to include everyone in the community,” said Nan Pope of the Cameron Art Museum.