CAM Raleigh is the non-collecting contemporary art museum that provides an environment for transformation through educational programs, cultural experiences, and bold, non-traditional exhibitions by living artists.
SUSAN SINGER/ Interim Director
LIZ HULL / Executive Director
KIM ELLINGTON/ Operations
HEMA GAIA / Cultural Co-Director
STEVEN SMITH / Cultural Co-Director
ANDREA HOYT / Board Chair
LISA MCGOWAN / Vice Chair, Nominating + Governance Chair
MEREDITH NELSON / Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
BETH ROBINSON / BEAS Steering Committee Chair
Natasha Powell Walker
AV Metro / Aloft Raleigh / Angela Brady / Benjamin Blackwell / Beth Crookham / Celito / The Derbyshire Family Fund / The Hartfield Foundation / Glen Medders / Local Government Federal Credit Union / Ella Ann and Frank B. Holding Foundation / RAD Graphics / SiteLink / Robert P. Holding Foundation / International Farming Corporation / North Carolina Community Foundation / Themeworks / Kane Realty Corporation / The Dillon / Andrea Phillips / William Paul Thomas / Emiene Wright / SureVest Insurance Group / The Betty Eichenberger Adams Society
CAM’s education and community programs are funded by The Goodnight Education Foundation, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, IBM Community Grants, The SunTrust Foundation, the Dreamville Foundation, and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County. The CAM to GO Initiative is funded in part by The Asha and Sajjan Agarwal Foundation.
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CAM Raleigh is always looking for new creative minds to support our Mission.
CAM Raleigh is located on and near unceded land settled over the last 14,000 years by indigenous people. CAM is located on land that was used for family life, nourishment, stewardship, trade, justice, ceremony, and healing. CAM acknowledges the history of oppression and injustice that marginalized indigenous people and is a part of the history of the land we now inhabit.
Indigenous people exist today by their contemporary tribal names of the Cherokee, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Tuscarora, Occaneechi, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan. CAM continues to look for ways to honor the people who came before us and to learn from our history.
CAM Raleigh established its foundations in Raleigh nearly three decades ago. The museum now breathes new life into a building from another great era in Raleigh history.
409 W. Martin Street sits on a plot originally envisioned in the 1792 plan for Raleigh by William Christmas.
The CAM Raleigh building was originally a warehouse, a 1910 two-story brick structure built for Allen Forge & Welding Company and enlarged around 1927 for the Brogden Produce Company. Fresh goods were always moving in and out in a constant state of activity, nothing stayed in the building for long. There is no better permanent home for a museum that is always in progress.
In 1997, CAM purchased the 20,000 sq. ft. brick building in the heart of the Warehouse District for $460,000. Various plans were debated for the space, until eventually the idea of a modern rehab of the historic structure took shape.
“The Depot District contains Raleigh’s only significant collection of buildings related to the heyday of railroad transportation and shipping in the Capital City. By recycling this important building, CAM preserves an important part of Raleigh’s history and demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and leadership in historic preservation. Equally important to the preservation of the existing structure was the addition of the new 900 square foot entry structure. The dramatic lobby is a glass-enclosed space set beneath a spectacular folded-panel roof that extends over the entry’s sculpture garden to form a kind of welcoming front porch. Located on the east side of the existing building, the lobby is a modern re-interpretation of the old loading dock, moving people, goods and art deep into the central core of the main exhibition space. This asymmetrical cross axis was created to juxtapose and complement the symmetry of the old historic building. The two buildings collapse together and fuse into one structure. Old and new become one. The space provokes a kind of indelible wonder while still affording traditional values to the people who visit.” – BROOKS SCARPA / Architect
Architects: BROOKS SCARPA / CLEARSCAPES
BROOKS SCARPA (Design Architect), Los Angeles, CA
CLEARSCAPES PA (Architect of Record), Raleigh, NC
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA; Steve Schuster, FAIA, Mark Buckland and Jon Zellweger, AIA-Project Architects, Angela Brooks, AIA, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Daniel Carper, Jordon Gearhart, Ching Luk, Matthew Majack, Sarah Dickerson, Brandy Thompson , AIA, Fred Belledin , AIA, Christian Karkow, John Reese, AIA, Thomas Sayre, Michael Dosier, Jedidiah Gant.
Engineering: Lysaght & Associates, PA- Structural Engineering, The Wooten Company- Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineering
Contractor: CT Wilson Construction