About Stanford Arts

Stanford University is placing creativity at the heart of a twenty-first-century education.

The breadth and depth of the arts on campus are manifest in the academic departments and distinguished programs, as well as in the signature arts presenters on campus: Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Live.

Stanford’s unique interdisciplinary investigation of the arts combines innovation and entrepreneurship that is the hallmark of Silicon Valley with academic leadership in art theory and practice.

Only at Stanford University

  • The Cantor Arts Center, hosting major art exhibitions from around the world as well as displaying a remarkable encyclopedic permanent collection, is one of the most visited university art museums in the country and one that is free to students and the community.
  • Stanford Live, the university’s performing arts presenter, schedules over 40 events each year representing a wide range of genres—including chamber, symphonic, jazz and world music, as well as newly commissioned works—and offers free programs for students.
  • There are dozens of exhibition and performance spaces on campus utilized by over 100 student arts groups in addition to a robust residential arts program throughout the dorms.
  • The developing arts district at the entrance to campus will include Cantor Arts Center, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Bing Concert Hall, Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History.
  • The Stanford Arts Institute is the nexus for interdisciplinary campus-wide arts programming and provides support for faculty and student arts activities.

Arts Initiative and Art 2016

Stanford Arts Initiative, launched in 2006 as part of The Stanford Challenge and successfully concluded in 2011, was a university-wide effort to enhance strengths in existing arts programs, create new arts facilities and opportunities for students and faculty, and integrate the arts throughout the life of the university. Art 2016  is the immediate legacy of The Stanford Challenge and it will map the next four years of the arts and imagine the course for future generations.

By 2016, the 125th anniversary of the opening of Stanford University, students, alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and the larger community will be experiencing the arts on campus in new ways and in new facilities. A new arts district at the entrance to campus will provide state-of-the-art resources for arts programs and teaching and will increase opportunities for collaboration and connection.

Three major building projects will be completed in the next several years:

  • Bing Concert Hall (2013)
  • Anderson Collection at Stanford University (2014)
  • McMurtry Building (2015), home of the Department of Art and Art History


Maude Brezinski

Director of Development, Arts Programs

Matthew Tiews

Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts

Robin Wander

Director of Arts Communication

Stanford Arts Institute
Stanford University
Littlefield Center, Room 241
Stanford, CA 94305-2250

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