The Stanford Visiting Artist Fund

In Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning

The Stanford Visiting Artist Fund, established in honor of Roberta Bowman Denning, brings renowned artists to the university to engage with faculty and students in departments and programs across the campus.

About the Program

The Stanford Visiting Artist Fund is a high-impact, comprehensive and sustained investment in artistic excellence, creating a cohort of talent on campus that will significantly contribute to the campus environment and provide a unique integrative educational experience at Stanford.

The Stanford Visiting Artist Fund was created in honor of Roberta Bowman Denning and is administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

2023-24: Janani Balasubramanian

We are happy to announce the 2023-24 Denning Visiting Artist Janani Balasubramanian, hosted by Tsachy Weissman in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Stanford Compression Forum as well as Susan Clark in the Physics Department and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. They will work with Tsachy to convene a multidisciplinary working group exploring questions. Cocurrently, the artist will work with Susan to investigate arts and humanities pedagogical strategies in STEM research and education.

2023: Sabelo Mlangeni

The 2023 Denning Visiting Artist Sabelo Mlangeni is hosted by Joel Cabrita in the Department of History and Center for African Studies. Sabelo will also have an exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, through which Joel will teach her fall course, Curating the Image: African Photography and the Politics of Exhibitions. The artist will also engage with students, the campus community, and the public through a number of talks and programs.

2022-23: Jean Shin

The 2022-23 Denning Visiting Artist Jean Shin will work with the LaBeaud Lab in the Stanford Medical School. Over the course of the year, Jean will work with LaBeaud staff and researchers on campus and in Kenya to create a sculpture out of single use plastics, bringing about attention to the plastic waste problem which is a main contributor to insect breeding and the spread of disease. Jean will give guest lectures, lead a student workshop to prototype the sculpture, and finally create and install sculptures both in the BMI building at the Medical School and the LaBeaud Lab in Kenya. There will be related public events showcasing the work and process during winter and spring quarters.

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Ellen Oh
Director of Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts