Margery Somers Foster Center

About the Margery Somers Foster Center

The Margery Somers Foster Center is a unit of Rutgers University Libraries dedicated to developing co-curricular initiatives on visual technology and networked culture. The co-curricular programs promote expressive communication through the use of multimedia, while challenging Rutgers students to engage critically with structures of inequality grounded in alternative accounts of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and nationality. In pursuit of this mission, the Margery Somers Foster Center works toward the following goals:

  • Develop students' multimedia skills;
  • Expand students' capacities to critically engage intersections of digital technology and politics of visuality;
  • Serve as a hub for information dissemination and collaborative learning in socially transformative media; and
  • Spark and support students' creative excellence with initiatives, such as the annual Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Award.


CWGL Poster Collection
The project won the 2012 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award in Women's Studies Librarianship. For more information see this article.

The Feminist Art Project
The Feminist Art Project is a national initiative from 2006-2009 and beyond, based at the Foster Center, that celebrate women's contributions to the visual arts and the Feminist Art Movement.

The New Jersey Women's History Website
A resource for students, teachers, and all interested people who want to know more about the history of New Jersey women.

Women Artists Archives National Directory (WAAND)
WAAND, The Women Artists Archives National Directory, is an innovative online directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists and women artists' organizations active in the U.S. since 1945.

Visit to Seabrook Video
Captures the visit of 54 Rutgers faculty and students to Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Seabrook, NJ.

Margery Somers Foster Center

Foster Center


Kayo Denda
Head, Margery Somers Foster Center & Librarian for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
tel: 848-932-5023
fax: 732-932-6777