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Through the newly established 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. In academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20, this program will bring four world-renowned artists to Stanford’s campus. The hope is that these initial visits will be only the beginning of long, sustained and vital series that brings renowned artists to the campus to engage with the campus community around issues of significant import.

2018-2019 Visiting Artists

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NITIN SAWHNEY
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
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KAHLIL JOSEPH
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
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INUA ELLAMS
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
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KERRY TRIBE
is a video and performance artist whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern and SFMoMA.