The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, will present the lecture, “Zelda In Context – Madness and Modernism”, by Ben Billingsley, on Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, in the Reception Hall and Brown Wing at 3pm.
The fee for CAM Members and Students is $5.00 and for Non-members $10.00
Artist and art teacher, Ben Billingsley offers an illustrated lecture on Zelda Fitzgerald and tour of CAM’s current exhibition on her art.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald remains a literary and cultural celebrity, but her visual art is all too often overlooked. Her art career represents a fascinating “what if” scenario – had she devoted herself to painting, might she have earned a position among the pantheon of American modernists whose careers bloomed during her brief lifetime? We’ll explore the culture of the Roaring Twenties – a rebellious time that shaped both Fitzgeralds – and then consider what remains of Zelda’s painting in comparison to the work of other artists of her generation.
This is the closing program for and held in conjunction with the exhibition “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald” (ends March 10, 2013) and The Big Read Greater Wilmington in celebration of The Great Gatsby.
For more information and schedule of local Big Read events visit (http://thebigreadwilmington.com/). The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Ensure you have your seat, purchase on CAM’s website at (www.cameronartmuseum.com)
Benjamin Billingsley is a painter and printmaker living in Wilmington. He holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and has exhibited work in the Southeastern United States as well as in Estonia, Russia and in a woodcut print exhibition in Kyoto, Japan (2011). He participated in the Big Print Block Party in Carolina Beach in 2010 and 2012, printing 4’x8’ woodblocks with a steamroller. In 2012, Billingsley’s “City of Crows” was awarded First Place in the Living Totems exhibition at 2TENhaustudio gallery in Ivanhoe, NC. Upcoming projects include a two-person exhibition at WHQR in April 2013 and a summer residency at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Sabile, Latvia. The Pedvale project, “Tree Spirits” consists of a series of woodblock prints adhered to trees – this temporary, bio-degradable, print-based, sculptural installation will debut at the opening ceremony for the museum’s summer season. Billingsley has provided artwork for the covers of three books of poetry – Hide Behind Me by Jason Mott, Days of Dark Miracles and Waxwings both by Daniel Nathan Terry.
Billingsley is the third generation artist and art instructor in his family. He has taught studio art and art history at Cape Fear Community College full-time since 2001. In 2006 Billingsley received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a frequent guest lecturer for the Cameron Art Museum’s docent program, the Wilmington Art Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW. An overview of Ben’s work may be viewed at (http://www.benjaminbillingsley.com/).