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Cameron Art Museum Presents Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs

The Cameron Art Museum Presents Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs on view through October 2, 2011.

This exhibition, organized by the Cameron Art Museum, will include work loaned from the private collections of Connell’s family members, in addition to work from museum collections. The exhibition will include sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs, film and ephemera relating to the artist’s life and work.

In a New York Times obituary, noted art critic Roberta Smith described Louisiana artist Clyde Connell’s source of inspiration: “Like O’Keefe, she drew inspiration from the region in which she lived. She used brown earth and red clay to color her drawings and sculptures, as well as bits of iron scrap that her son, Bryan, a cotton farmer, found in his fields. She had a mystical view of nature and described her drawings as transcriptions of its music, heard on the bayou.” Connell died at the age of 97, having worked full-time as an artist since her sixties. Connell’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Austin Museum of Art.

Image: Clyde Connell Memorial 1955, Acrylic on board, Private collection

The Cameron Art Museum occupies a 40,000 square foot facility designed in 2002 by the renowned architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates (NYC). Formerly located in downtown Wilmington, N.C. as St. John’s Museum of Art, the new Cameron Art Museum is sited on a 9.3 acre woodland park known as Pyramid Park, featuring long-leaf pine woodlands, outdoor sculptures, nature trails, a historic Civil War site and The Clay Studio housed in the Pancoe Art Education Center. The main museum building includes three exhibition areas, the Weyerhaeuser lecture and reception hall, a full service museum café and catering kitchen, museum gift shop and free parking.

Cameron Art Museum
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910.395.5999
Fax: 910.395.5030

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