Artist Siona Benjamin, whose work is featured in the exhibit "Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Disasporas" now on view at the Stedman Gallery, will discuss her work during this gallery talk.

The compelling exhibit, which runs through Dec. 15, reveals distinct world views from women artists hailing from the Middle East, North Africa, and India.

Featuring well-established artists like Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi, whose work has been purchased by the Louvre and is now on view at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African Art, and newly discovered talent like Egyptian graphic designer Najla Arafa, the exhibit, presented by a team of Rutgers–Camden curators, offers a riveting immersion into the traditions and tensions experienced by women representing countries that also include Iran, India, and Israel.

Ornament and Narrative: Women Artists of Eastern Diasporas has been curated in conjunction with the program The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, organized by the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University of which Rosenberg serves as an advisory council member.

Other gallery talks and events are scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 29 and 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6.

The Stedman Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.  Admission is free. The Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden Campus. For more information, visit

Funding for RCCA exhibitions and programs has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Campbell Soup Foundation; and other generous supporters.

When is it?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Where is it?

Fine Arts Complex, Stedman Gallery