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Calling all N.C. artists: CAM exhibit to feature original works, national curators

CAM's State of the Art/Art of the State exhibition next month will spotlight NC artists working in all mediums, as shown here in the 2011 non-juried event. Photo courtesy CAM.
CAM’s State of the Art/Art of the State exhibition next month will spotlight North Carolina artists working in all mediums, as shown here in the 2011 non-juried event. Photo courtesy CAM.

North Carolina artists are invited to converge on the Cameron Art Museum next month with their creations in hand.

The museum is once again hosting its State of the Art/Art of the State exhibition, a non-juried marathon-style hanging and exhibition that focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, North Carolina.

Artists are invited to bring a single original work–paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original handmade prints, photography and drawings, to name just a few–to be installed in the museum between noon Friday, Sept. 19, and noon Saturday, Sept. 20, culminating in an exhibit opening from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening. While there, they’ll also get the opportunity to meet with some big names in the art world.

The event pays homage to the late curator Walter Hopps, who created an open exhibition in Washington, D.C., in which there was no selection–or rejection–process for artists to endure.

More than 600 artists turned out for the first State of the Art/Art of the State in 2011.

“They talked about the piece of art they brought with them and where they traveled from,” Kim Kelly, communications manager at CAM, said. “They shared stories, made new friends, listened to impromptu music playing and waited for the doors to the Hughes Wing at the Cameron Art Museum to open.”

This year’s guest curators are Peter Eleey and Laura Hoptman from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson from Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado.

“We’re likely to have some additional curators on hand as well,” Kelly said last week in an interview with Port City Radio morning host Aimee Bowen. “But to have your artwork in front of these curators is quite exciting.”

Curators will be on hand throughout the process to greet and meet each artist and will be in attendance at the opening.

Click here to see a video from the 2011 event and for more information.

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