4:12 pm
Mon July 12, 2004

History of Cameron and St.John's

The many twists of fate that would eventually bring a facility and an art collection of national importance to Wilmington.

Wilmington NC – [Click the Listen button to hear Claude's commentary.]

Last Friday, North Carolina?s arts community lost one of it?s greatest figures. Ren Brown, director for almost 20 years of the Cameron Art Museum (formerly St. John?s) died at the age of 57.

The period of growth and stability he presided over was the culmination of a long and often challenging history. Artist and commentator Claude Howell was witness to much of that history. In 1992 he reflected on the many twists of fate that would eventually bring a facility and an art collection of national importance to Wilmington.

Claude was one of many North Carolina artists whose work would find a well-deserved home in the museum, which in 2002 opened in it?s newest home, the state of the art, 42,000 square foot facility now known as the Cameron Art Museum.

This Tuesday at 4pm, a memorial service for Ren Brown will be held at the musuem, located 3201 S. 17th St.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cameron Art Museum?s acquisitions fund.