Each month, CAM spotlights a member whose support has been instrumental to the Museum. Learn who these members are, what they love about the Museum, and why they decided to join. This is a great opportunity to get to know others within the CAM community and celebrate members’ support.
Name: Kevin Jones
Member level: Family
Member Since: 2012
What has been your favorite exhibition?
I actually loved the last exhibition, Jeremy Deller: Joy in People. People usually associate art with pictures, but the Deller exhibition was tangible—it was art in its totality. To me, the Deller exhibition captures the essence of what art is, and we all can be art. We are not only the creators of art but can also be the art to some extent, whether we’re the center of a photo or drinking tea (in Valerie’s Snack Bar).
The show was very interactive and challenged you to look at the work in another context. And to me, that is what is fascinating about art—not staring at a 10 x 20 picture on the wall. It’s about challenging yourself to look at things from a different angle.
Why did you become a member?
First and foremost, I became a member because I love art and contemporary art, in particular. When the building originally opened, I was struck by the design and the open layout. It reminded me of an ultra-modern house with a minimalist feel. Every time I visit, the atmosphere is so inviting that it feels like I’m stepping into someone’s downtown loft rather than a museum. I love that CAM doesn’t feel like your typical museum. Each time I come, I experience something different.
CAM is also an anchor for the midtown area. I believe this is the start of a midtown renaissance, and CAM will play a big role in that movement. In order to make the midtown community and CAM successful, it’s important for individuals to get involved. I support CAM because I want it to continue serving as a staple for the area.
What is one of your favorite programs or events?
My favorite program is First Fridays. It’s open to the public and has a low key vibe to it. There is music playing and drinks, and people are talking and engaged. It’s exciting to see people interacting with each other instead of with their phones.
The other program I love is the Book Club. I’m an avid reader, but the idea of a book club never appealed to me. I was so intrigued when I saw that CAM had a book club because it seemed so out of context for a museum. Then again, that’s what contemporary art does. It takes something and places it slightly off center to show the viewer a different perspective.
It sounds like you meet a lot of new people at these events.
All the time! I’ve had some of the best times here because, inevitably, the exhibition spurs conversation among the visitors. I always say CAM is like having a hundred of your best friends in your living room. Unlike a loud sports bar or club, CAM’s environment allows visitors to socialize and engage with each other. Last time I was here, I ended up going out to dinner with sixteen strangers at the end of the night because we had such a good time talking at the Museum.
Why would you encourage someone to become a member?
I would encourage anyone to be a member because art is very important culturally, and CAM is a great art institution. One of my professors once said that something is either in a state of growth or a state of decline. I believe that CAM is in a state of growth, but in order for it to continue growing, it needs our support. If we all got behind CAM to help achieve its mission, we could bring in more great art and programming that would grow the midtown community. Plus, I know what a round of drinks costs. For that price, you can buy a membership that is going to give you a return beyond one or two hours of drinking.
What do you hope for the future of CAM?
Growth! I would love to see more partnerships between the institutions in the midtown area. I want the area to grow into a community where you can get all of your cultural experiences and social interactions without driving to another neighborhood. But that is going to take support from all of us. It requires a collective push, and that push only happens when individuals act in a collaborative effort.
Past Highlighted Members