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Picturing Camden Exhibition 

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 23
2:00pm-5:00pm, Stedman Gallery
Join us for food, drink, and conversation with our featured artists to open!

Please be advised: parking is available on Saturday, September 23 in all University lots EXCEPT Lot 14. Parking Lot 14 will be unavailable due to Homecoming activities and events.

Artist’s Walking Tour of Historic Cooper Street
Sunday, October 1 (rain date October 8)
10:00am-12:00pm, Meet at Stedman Gallery 9:45am
Rain date: Sunday, October 8
Be inspired by the artists of Picturing Camden and the history that unfolded on Cooper Street! Join us for a walking tour of historic Cooper Street and the surrounding public art in Camden, NJ. Bring along your sketchbooks, cameras, watercolors, and journals to capture your own version of Camden and its many scenic treasures as you learn about the street’s inhabitants and how Camden and the street changed over time. Sites will include Johnson Library & Park, historic homes of Cooper Street, and several others along the way. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Drawing materials will be available if needed. Please reserve your spot with Miranda Powell @ 856-225-6202 or miranda.powell@rutgers.edu. This tour is co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities’ historic preservation continuing education program


Teacher Open House
Tuesday, October 3
4:30pm-6:00pm, Stedman Gallery
The Teacher Open House will include an interactive museum tour and a hands-on workshop for local and regional teachers, as well as a brief talk by exhibition artist, Bruce Garrity. Explore the exhibition, learn more about the artworks in Picturing Camden, discuss topics with colleagues, and schedule your class for the RCCA Museum Education Program. Light refreshments will be served. Every attendee receives a grab bag full of art supplies and books for their classrooms!


Film Screening: Kaplow/Porter Project
Sunday, October 8
2:00pm, Black Box Theater
A collaboration of original music composed by Maurice Kaplow reflecting Eric Porter’s personal
photographic vision of the urban environment. Kaplow is the recently retired Principal Conductor of the New York City Ballet. Porter’s images of urban settings are set against original music by Kaplow in this multi-media presentation.


Artist Talk: Bruce Garrity & Michael Bartmann
Thursday, October 19 (3rd Thursday Art Crawl Event)
6:00pm-7:00pm, Stedman Gallery
Featured painters , Bruce Garrity and Michael will speak about their work and process in creating the paintings and drawings in the Picturing Camden exhibition.


Artist Talk: Ken Hohing
Thursday, October 26
6:00pm-7:00pm, Stedman Gallery
Featured photographer, Ken Hohing will speak about his work and process in creating the photographs in the Picturing Camden exhibition.


Closing Reception
Thursday, December 7
4:00pm-6:00pm, Stedman Gallery

Writers in Camden: Eileen Pollack and Diane Seuss

Writers in Camden

For more information and to register: https://writers.camden.rutgers.edu

Stedman Gallery:

Wednesday September 13, 7 pm – Eileen Pollack and Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Four-Legged Girl, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poetry has been published in a broad range of literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and The New Yorker. Seuss’s fourth collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2018.

Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novel A Perfect Life, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2016. Her other novels include Paradise, New York, and Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and In the Mouth, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Eileen’s work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead is soon to be a movie starring Jessica Chastain. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club was published in 2015 by Beacon Press. A new novel, The Bible of Dirty Jokes, is due out in 2018. Eileen has received fellowships from the NEA, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Her novella “The Bris” was chosen by Stephen King to appear in the Best American Short Stories 2007; other stories have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and prizes for best fiction of the year from PloughsharesLiterary Review, and MQR. Her essay “Pigeons” was selected by Cheryl Strayed for the 2013 edition of Best American Essays. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, where she is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday October 18, 7 pm – Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is an American novelist and conservationist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors. Laura Miller of Salon has described Millet’s writing as “…always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself.” Millet has written books and stories that range from the philosophical to the satirical, on matters including the inventors of the atom bomb, political culture under George H.W. Bush, the discovery of mermaids in a coral reef and the crises of extinction and climate change. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children and works for the Center for Biological Diversity.

Wednesday November 8, 7 pm – Peter Ho Davies and Okey Ndibe

Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes (winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the Chautauqua Prize) and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (PEN/Macmillian Award winner) and Equal Love (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year). His work has appeared in HarpersThe Atlantic, and The Paris Review, and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its Best of Young British Novelists. Davies is also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a winner of the PEN/Malamud Award. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.
Nigerian-born Okey Ndibe is a novelist, memoirist, political commentator, and essayist. He is the author of Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American; and the novels Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc. His award winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, BBC online, Al Jazeera online, Financial Times, Fabian Society Journal, and the (Nigerian) Daily Sun, where his widely syndicated weekly column appears. Ndibe first came to the US to be the founding editor of African Commentary, a US-based international magazine published by the late great novelist Chinua Achebe. 

Electric Cafe Music Series

Live performances that bring together a unique blend of electronic music, interactivity, and performance art.

* all concerts are free and open to the public

Time: 11:20 am to 12:20 pm
Place: Fine Arts Complex, Black Box Theater

Frank Cervantes and Joshua Dowiak created the 80s inspired synthwave project RETROGLYPHS. The duo will give an exclusive performance as well as a presentation detailing their creative process. The Hook Journal writes “Retroglyphs aren’t singularly stuck in the past, but have taken notes and are creating something that feels good…. their self titled album is an 80s inspired montage of tracks that sound like they could have come straight out of a movie soundtrack.”

Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts
A showcase of new and innovative music from MGSA Music Technology students under the direction of Professor Steven Kemper.

Todd Reynolds
Todd Reynolds is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation.

Adam Vidiksis
with the Beep Ensemble
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improvisor, and technologist based in Philadelphia. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting”, and “special” (Percussive Notes). David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece’s shape for being caught up in each moment”. Dr. Vidiksis currently serves on the faculty at Temple University and the SPLICE Institute, and is the 2017-18 ACF Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.