At the Cressman, 15 women sculptors will display works starting Friday, Jan. 11, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“ENID: 2013” includes the artwork of a Louisville, Ky.-based collective of female artists. The name of the exhibition and of the group comes from that of the first recognized female sculptor from Louisville, Enid Yandell (1869–1924), whose life and work represent strength and persistence against the odds.

The exhibit is a showcase of the commitment it takes to be an active contemporary artist while juggling work, family and life. It will run through Saturday, Feb. 9. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; and first Friday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

“Culture and Spirituality in the Traditional Arts of North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia” will open in the Schneider Hall galleries on Belknap Campus, Thursday, Jan. 17, with a 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. reception. It will run through Feb. 17.

The show has more than 100 works of art and artifacts. The items on display — clothing, camel bags, pillows, curtains, fans, hats, shoes, window hangings, silver and brass vessels, jewelry and braziers, drinking and cooking vessels, inlaid trays, and antique lattice windows from Egypt — come from the Gray Henry collection.   Henry is director of the Fons Vitae Press, a publisher of scholarly and spiritual texts, including translations into English of sacred Islamic writings. Her family has had a presence in Egypt since 1925.

The exhibit is a collaboration among UofL’s programs and departments of Middle East and Islamic studies, fine arts and anthropology.

Schneider Hall galleries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Admission to both the Cressman Center and Schneider Hall galleries is free and open to the public.