“The museum family of trustees, volunteers, members and staff are mourning the passing of a great man,” Anne Brennan, executive director of the Cameron Art Museum said. She continues, “It is through his love for his wife, Louise Wells Cameron, that he worked diligently toward the realization of the Cameron Art Museum in her honor. Anyone who passes through these doors can feel the strength of this tribute and its profound inspiration to the community. Since Wilmington’s establishment over 270 years ago, Bruce Cameron still stands as one of our city’s most generous cultural philanthropists.”
Mr. Bruce, as he was fondly called, left a generous legacy of philanthropic giving that has impacted both the region and the state. In 2002, with a gift of land and seed money, he helped launch the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, re-establishing St. John’s Museum of Art in a larger, state-of-the-art facility. The new museum provided more space for public programming as well as expanded exhibition space, secure vault for the permanent collection, a 9.2 acre nature park and an historic Civil War site.
Brennan concluded, “Mr. Bruce, through the Cameron Art Museum, changed the cultural expectation for eastern North Carolina. He will be missed.”
The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features its café, CaféJohnnie.
For more information about the museum, please visit (www.cameronartmuseum.com).