Stanford Visiting Artist Fund – Application Information

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.


All academic departments and programs at Stanford are invited to submit proposals to host a visiting artist. Criteria for evaluation will include:

  • Benefit of the artist to the host department and broader campus community.
  • Benefit of the engagement to the artists' practice and professional development.
  • Depth of engagement with students, faculty, and campus arts organizations.
  • Depth of future impact the collaborative work will have.

We encourage proposals that include two or more departments and/or programs working in collaboration, and also those that resonate with contemporary concerns, e.g. racial/social justice, environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing.

Artists must commit to an engagement of a quarter or longer, during which time they will collaborate with faculty, engage with students through courses and/or workshops, and present their work to the public in a live or virtual forum. Awarded funding will cover compensation for the artist's time (such as honorarium or short-term employment), travel, departmental administrative expenses, and program expenses (such as IT or technical support).

Departments and programs can submit multiple applications.


  • Applications open: October 15, 2023
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2023
  • Grantee selected by February 1, 2024


Each visiting artist is expected to perform the following campus engagements:

  • Collaboration with faculty
  • Class or workshop with students
  • Public presentation of their work

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted via Seed Funding and must include the following:

  1. List of all Stanford project collaborators
  2. Artist name, short bio, website
  3. Succinct proposal outlining scope of artist engagement and timeline
    • Description of the artist engagement, including:
      • Benefit of the artist to the program and the broader Stanford community, including reach beyond the host department
      • Benefit of the residency to the artist
      • How does this collaborative work or project exemplify interdisciplinary creative practice and integrate across the University?
      • How the artist will interact with students and other members of the Stanford community
      • How the artist will be provided appropriate workspace on campus
    • Planning: Specify if any initial conversations have already taken place with the artist.
    • Timeline: List all proposed activities that will take place during the artist's time on campus (typically one quarter, although longer visits and different formats will be considered). Approximate dates are allowed. **Please note that we will require information and materials for marketing purposes prior to the residency, and we will expect documentation after the residency.
  4. Budget (completed within the application form. Total expenses not to exceed $80,000)
  5. Statements of approval from department/program chair and department/program financial administrator (uploaded as PDFs)
  6. Expectations agreement
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Ellen Oh
Director of Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts