Visiting Artists

The visiting artist programs supported by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts and our academic departments offer opportunities for leading visual and performing artists to engage deeply with students and faculty, and share their work with the broader Stanford community.

Academic Year 2023-2024

Janani Balasubramanian
Janani Balasubramanian, Photo: Rowan Haber

Janani Balasubramanian

Janani Balasubramanian, ‘12, practices across immersive media, conceptual art, and literary work and in long-term collaborations with scientists, inviting deeper connections with nonhuman worlds while nurturing social imagination for care, complexity, and play.

Hosted by the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford Compression Forum, the Physics Department, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, with funding from the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.

Artist’s website.

Photo courtesy Karina Gutiérrez
Photo courtesy Karina Gutiérrez

Karina Gutiérrez, Spring 2024

Karina Gutiérrez, PhD '20, is a director, dramaturg, and scholar who considers theater a powerful space for social change and community mending, healing, and restoring.

Hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Artist’s website.

Photo courtesy R.O. Kwon
Photo courtesy R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon, Winter 2024

R.O. Kwon is a nationally bestselling author with her first novel, The Incendiaries, named a best book of the year by over 40 publications and translated into seven languages. Kwon’s next novel, Exhibit, will be published in 2024.

Hosted by the Creative Writing Program as part of the Stein Visiting Writers Program.

Artist’s website.

Courtesy of the artist and blank projects, Cape Town © Sabelo Mlangeni
Courtesy of the artist and blank projects, Cape Town © Sabelo Mlangeni

Sabelo Mlangeni, Fall 2023

Sabelo Mlangeni is a South African photographer who captures the complex cultural identities found within contemporary South African society through intimate photographs that draw out the inherent beauty in the ordinary.

Hosted by the Department of History in collaboration with the Center for African Studies with funding from the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.

Isaiah Phillips
Isaiah Phillips, Photo: Lauren Mari Dyer

Isaiah Phillips, 2023-2024

Isaiah Phillips is a hip-hop artist whose work focuses on coping with loss and striving for self-actualization as a black man in America.

Hosted by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts as part of the Mellon Arts Fellowship Program.

Photo courtesy Rodrigo Reyes
Photo courtesy Rodrigo Reyes

Rodrigo Reyes, 2023-2024

Rodrigo Reyes is a filmmaker who is deeply grounded in his immigrant identity, using striking imagery to portray the contradictory nature of our shared world while revealing the potential for transformative change.

Hosted by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts as part of the Mellon Arts Fellowship Program.

Artist’s website.

Sarah Rosalena, Photo: Star Montana
Sarah Rosalena, Photo: Star Montana

Sarah Rosalena, Fall 2023

Sarah Rosalena has built a reputation for her seductive hybrid creations, which are rooted in indigenous cosmologies and are re-interpreted through such digital tools as machine learning, computer-sequenced weaving, and 3D printing.

Hosted by the Stanford Arts Institute and the Institute for Human-Centered AI.

Artist’s website.

Photo courtesy Erika Chong Shuch
Photo courtesy Erika Chong Shuch

Erika Chong Shuch, Fall 2023

Erika Chong Shuch is a choreographer, director, and performance maker whose work spans devised experimental performance and social practice and produces unexpected forms of audience engagement.

Hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Artist’s website.

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Arthur Sze, Photo: Mariana Cook
Arthur Sze, Photo: Mariana Cook

Arthur Sze, Spring 2024

Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (2021); Sight Lines (2019), which won the National Book Award; and Compass Rose (2014), a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Hosted by the Creative Writing Program as part of the Mohr Visiting Poets Program.

Photo courtesy Jenifer Wofford
Photo courtesy Jenifer Wofford

Jenifer Wofford, Fall 2023

Jenifer Wofford is a San Francisco artist and educator whose work investigates hybridity, history, calamity, and global culture, often with a humorous bent.

Hosted by the Department of Art and Art History as part of the Holt Visiting Artist Program.

Artist’s website.

Christine Wong Yap, Photo: Nicholas Bruno, Courtesy of California College of the Arts
Christine Wong Yap, Photo: Nicholas Bruno, Courtesy of California College of the Arts

Christine Wong Yap, 2023-2024

Christine Wong Yap is a visual artist and social practitioner specializing in hyperlocal participatory research projects that gather and amplify grassroots perspectives on belonging, resilience, and mental well-being.

Hosted by Residential Education and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

Artist’s website.

Photo courtesy Kim Ye
Photo courtesy Kim Ye

Kim Ye, 2023-2024

Kim Ye is a Chinese American artist whose research-based practice engages gendered constructions around power and the entanglement between public space and private desire.

Hosted by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts as part of the Mellon Arts Fellowship Program.

Artist’s website.

Academic Year 2022-2023

Kim Anno
Photo courtesy of the artist

Kim Anno, Fall 2022

Kim Anno is a painter, photographer, and film/video artist currently focused on the intersection of art and science, particularly in aesthetic issues surrounding climate change, water, and adaptation.

This residency is hosted by the Department of Art & Art History and is a part of the Holt Visiting Artist Program.

Artist’s website.

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Laleh Khadivi, 2022-2023

Laleh Khadivi is an Iranian American novelist and filmmaker. She is the author of a trilogy of novels tracing three generations of a Kurdish family as they make their way to the United States and undergo the profound transformations of the immigrant experience.

 This residency is hosted by the Creative Writing Program and is part of the Stein Visiting Writer program.

Lauren Lee McCarthy, a Chinese-American woman with short dark hair in front of blurred falling letters projected, a line of light through her eyes.
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Lauren Lee McCarthy, 2022-2023

Lauren Lee McCarthy is an artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living, and the creator of p5.js.

 This residency is in partnership with the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), for artists working at the intersections of art and artificial intelligence.

Artist's website.

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Ellen Sebastian Chang, Winter-Spring 2023

 Ellen Sebastian Chang is a director and writer who advocates for human rights through her art practices.

 This residency is hosted by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

Artist’s Instagram: @afterzora.

Jean Shin, 2022-2023

 Known for her large-scale installations and public sculptures, artist Jean Shin transforms accumulations of discarded objects into powerful monuments that interrogate our complex relationship between material consumption, collective identity and community engagement.

This residency is hosted by the LaBeaud Lab with funding from the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.  

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Anicka Yi, 2022-2023

Working at the intersection of politics and macrobiotics, Anicka Yi’s practice questions the increasingly hazy taxonomic distinctions between what is human, animal, plant and machine.

This residency is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts, in collaboration with the Stanford Arts Institute, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and the Human and Planetary Health Working Group.

Artist’s website.
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Image credit: Jef Janis
Image credit: Jef Janis

Daniel Gray-Kontar, Winter 2023

Daniel Gray-Kontar is a poet, teacher, youth mentor, rapper, journalist, and education activist. He has worked as an advocate for social transformation in the city of Cleveland for more than 25 years.

Visiting Artist Course Spoken Word Poetry and Resistance: 1990's-Present hosted by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

 

 

 

Image credit: Bergin O’Malley
Image credit: Bergin O’Malley

Michael Collier, Spring 2023

Michael Collier is the author of eight collections of poetry. His most recent book, The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems, appeared in 2021.

This residency is hosted by the Creative Writing Program and is part of theMohr Visiting Poet program.

Academic Year 2021-2022

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Manu Luksch, artist and filmmaker

Fall 2021-2022

This residency is hosted by the Department of Art & Art History and is a part of the  Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning cohort.  

Artist's website.

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John Bankston, painter

2021-2022

This residency is hosted by the Department of Art & Art History and is a part of the Holt Visiting Artist Program.

More information here.

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Mikéah Ernest Jennings, actor/performer

Fall 2021-2022

This residency is hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program.

Artist’s website.

Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome, artist working in AI

2020-2022

This residency is in partnership with the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), for artists working at the intersections of art and artificial intelligence.

Artist's website.

Photograph by Whitney Legge/Courtesy of Eyebeam

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Tarik O'Regan, composer

2020-2021

This residency is hosted by the VPA Programs.

Artist's website.

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Erika Chong Shuch / Ryan Tacata, performance makers

Winter 2021 – Fall 2022

This residency is hosted by the Asian American Art Initiative, a program of the Department of Art & Art History and the Cantor Arts Center, and supported by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.

Artist’s website.

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Adrian Burrell, MFA '21, artist

Winter-Spring 2022

This residency is hosted by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

Artist’s website.

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Van-Ahn Vo, performer/composer

Spring 2022

This residency is hosted by the Department of Music and is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program.

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Necati Çelik, master oud musician

Spring 2019-20
2021-2022

This residency is sponsored by the Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning, and co-hosted by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Department of Music.

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Gauri Gill, MFA '02, photographer

Spring 2019-20
2021-2022

This residency is sponsored by the Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning, and co-hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, the Center for South Asia and the Cantor Arts Center.

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Van Jordan, poet

Winter-Spring 2022

This residency is hosted by the Creative Writing Program and is part of the Mohr Visiting Poets Program.

Photo credit: Anthony Alvarez

Academic Year 2020-2021

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 JANANI BALASUBRAMANIAN, '12, artist

2020 -2021

This residency is in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and the Electrical Engineering department. 

Artist's website.

Rashaad Newsome

RASHAAD NEWSOME, artist working in AI

2020-21

This residency is in partnership with the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI),
which serves to augment human creative expression and experience by creating a unique interdisciplinary residency
for artists working at the intersections of art and artificial intelligence.

Artist's website.

 

Photograph by Whitney Legge/Courtesy of Eyebeam

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EAMON ORE-GIRON, visual artist

2020-21

This residency is hosted by the Anderson Collection and is a part of  Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts program.

Artist's website.

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PAMELA Z, composer/performer and media artist

2020 -2021

This residency is hosted by the Department of Music, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and is a part of the  Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning cohort.  

Artist's website.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Harris

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BETTY SHAMIEH, playwright

2020-21

This residency is hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Abbasi Program for Islamic Studies, and is a part of the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning cohort. 

Artist's website.

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AMELIA WINGER-BEARSKIN, artist/technologist

2020-21

This residency is hosted by Native American Studies, in collaboration with the Native American Culture Center (NACC), and is a part of the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning cohort.  

Artist's website.

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HARUNA LEE, theater maker

This residency is hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program.

Academic Year 2019-2020

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JULIE CHANG, contemporary artist

Fall 2019

This residency was part of Stanford’s Arts Intensive Program.

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STEPHANIE DINKINS, transmedia artist working in AI

2019-20
This residency is a collaboration with Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Lab Programs (NFLP), and co-hosts on campus are the Office of the Vice President for the Arts (VPA), Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), and the Stanford Humanities Center.

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MARK DION, conceptual artist

Fall 2019

This residency is hosted by the Cantor Arts Center.

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JIM CAMPBELL, electronic sculptor

2019-20

This residency is hosted by the Anderson Collection.

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SLAVS AND TATARS, artist collective

Winter 2019-20

This residency is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts in collaboration with Art Practice Lecturer Ala Ebtekar’s Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse series.

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DJ LYNEE DENISE, artist/scholar/writer/DJ

Winter 2019-20

This residency is hosted by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

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EAMON ORE-GIRON, visual artist

Hosted by Anderson Collection at Stanford University through Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts

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SARA WALSH, artist, designer and teacher

This residency is hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program.

Academic Year 2018-2019

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NITIN SAWHNEY, musician, producer, composer, conductor and DJ

Hosted by Stanford Live through Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts

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KAHLIL JOSEPH, musician, producer, composer, conductor and DJ

Hosted by Cantor Arts Center in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts through Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts

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INUA ELLAMS, poet, playwright and performer

Hosted by Stanford Live through Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts

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KERRY TRIBE, video and performance artist

Hosted by Stanford Arts Institute through Stanford Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts

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JONAH BOKAER, choreographer & exhibiting artist

This residency is hosted by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program.