Life and Times:
Wilmington and North Carolina History
(and some works on both "inner" and "outer" space)
Over the years it was a fulfilling challenge for Sam to combine his interest in art with his interest in science and the rich history of his state. This page contains the locations of works that are available for public viewing.
Samples of some of the following art projects may be seen here.
- A Portrait of North Carolina - This collection includes 40 paintings depicting a panorama of life in the Tar Heel State in the late 1900s. It was commissioned by the Wachovia Bank and exhibited throughout North Carolina for two years before permanent exhibition at the Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem.
- North Carolina - Circa 1900 - A collection of 35 paintings of life in North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. It is currently hanging in Alderman Hall at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
- The Universe According to Earth - This is a 60-piece mixed-media presentation of astronomical topics, including an interesting visualization of what it would look like to fly over the rings of Saturn. It is permanently hung in Dobo Hall, UNC-W.
- Images from the Micro World - This collection includes 35 depictions (paintings, drawings, electronic reproductions) of interesting and unusual microscopic images found while looking through a microscope at common household items. The collection is hung in the Watson School of Education Building at UNC-W.
- Mosaics at the Belk-Beery Company at Independence Mall - These nine mosaics, 15' by 17' each, are displayed in groups of three over the main entrances to the Belks store at Independence Mall in Wilmington. When the project was completed in 1978, the store was called "Belk-Beery" and the group of mosaics was the second largest mosaic installation in the U.S. The original paintings now belong to UNC-W.
Books and Audiovisual Projects
- Voices of the Cape Fear - An Oral History of New Hanover County (audio) - Audiotaped interviews with thirty-four men and women selected for their importance in the life and culture of this area during the twentieth century. It is available in the New Hanover County Public Library and the Randall Library at UNC-W.
- Historic Inscriptions of the Cape Fear - A photographic catalog of the markers and monuments of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Available at the New Hanover County Public Library (1998).
- A Pictorial History of the Cape Fear - Wilmington and New Hanover County - A panorama of more than 400 photos depicting the life and events of the year 1997. Available at the New Hanover County Public Library.
- A Tribute to Oakdale (audiovisual) - A 22-minute audiovisual presentation about Wilmington's historic cemetery. Available at the New Hanover County Public Library.
- A Tribute to Oakdale (book) - A book presentation of the audiovisual work above. It is available at New Hanover County Public Library, Randall Library at UNC-W, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, and at various university libraries throughout North Carolina.
- A Tribute to W. Kendall Dorsey - A book depicting several of Kendall Dorsey's audiovisual presentations about North Carolina history. Included is the transcript of a 1995 interview with Mr. Dorsey by the author prior to Mr. Dorsey's death in 1998. Available at New Hanover County Public Library, Randall Library at UNC-W, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, the North Carolina Museum of Art Library, Duke University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Library, and the Cape Fear Community College Library.
- From Inner Space to Outer Space - A collection of works from most of the projects on this page...all in one place. Available at New Hanover County Public Library, Randall Library at UNC-W, and the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.