WILMINGTON -- The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation has generously awarded a $5000 grant to support the Cameron Art Museum’s newly-established Minnie Evans Study Center. The Center will act as the primary repository of information relating to the art and life of this North Carolina self-taught artist. The Center’s immediate objective, enabled by this grant, will be to begin conducting oral history interviews with those who knew the artist, thereby creating an archival resource of first-hand accounts. The Center’s ultimate goal is to deepen understanding and appreciation of Evans’ unique contribution to American art and culture by making the Center’s resources available to scholars and students researching the artist and her art. The Cameron Art Museum collection includes thirty original works of art by Minnie Evans, as well as early, archival documents relating to the artist’s work. Twelve of the museum’s works by Minnie Evans may be seen in the current exhibition, “Measure of All Things: the Human Scale,” on view through April 13, 2008. Minnie Evans (1892-1987) was an African-American self-taught artist whose work has been exhibited at and collected by the American Museum of Folk Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and other museums throughout the country. Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC. For more information, visit http://www.cameronartmuseum.com or call 910-395-5999.
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