Through the Office of the Vice President for the Arts, Stanford University is making a major investment in the future of the arts, supporting cutting-edge artists and mobilizing its strengths across disciplines to inform the next generation of artistic practice.

A pillar of this investment is the Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts, which brings world-renowned artists to Stanford’s campus. The hope is that these residencies will be the beginning of a long, sustained and vital series that brings renowned artists to the campus to engage with the campus community around issues of significant import.

2020-2021 Visiting Artists

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draws on motifs from indigenous and craft traditions alongside aesthetics from the 20th-century avant-garde. His paintings and use of geometric figures bring to mind early Modernist movements, such as Suprematism, Futurism and the Color Field painters of the New York School.

2018-2019 Visiting Artists


is an award-winning musician, producer, composer, conductor and DJ who has scored for and performed with Paul McCartney, Sting, The London Symphony Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar, and Nelson Mandela, among others, and is a recent recipient of Ivor Novello's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hosted by Stanford Live

is a filmmaker, and video artist, known for Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (2013), Beyoncé: Lemonade (2016) and Kendric Lamar: m.A.A.d. (2015), whose work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, ICA Philadelphia, the New Museum and MOCA.

Hosted by Cantor Arts Center in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts and VPA Programs

is an internationally touring poet, playwright and performer who has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the BBC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Hosted by Stanford Live

is a video and performance artist whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern and SFMoMA.