Pursue Academic Opportunities

The Cantor Arts Center offers opportunities to integrate the Center and its diverse collections into the academic programs at Stanford.

To develop a course in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition or the Center’s collection, contact either the appropriate curator (see Curatorial Staff) or Patience Young at 725-6788 or patience@stanford.edu.

Independent Research and Projects
Students wishing to undertake an independent project at the Center must secure a faculty member’s confirmation to endorse and advise the endeavor. While the Center attempts to honor all such requests, it often receives proposals that cannot be accommodated for reasons of timing or extent of the activity. Students considering Center-related projects are urged to call for further information and to submit plans for consideration well in advance of the intended project. Direct inquiries and proposals to Patience Young at 725-6788 or patience@stanford.edu.

Exhibitions Curated by Students and Faculty
The Cantor Arts Center has a tradition of hosting exhibitions organized by students and faculty.  Exhibitions should derive from the Center's collection and/or other collections on campus and have a single, well-defined thesis. Preference is given to exhibition projects associated with a course, symposium, or academic program.

The Center invites faculty members, and students with faculty endorsement, to submit proposals for small exhibitions that bring fresh insights to objects in the collection and/or showcase visual aspects of research and scholarship in any field. As guest curators, faculty and/or students collaborate with Center staff to determine and realize a show's content, intent, installation, and related programs.

Student exhibitions are held in either the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery or the Rowland K. Rebele Gallery.

Submitting a Proposal for an Exhibition
Students and/or faculty who wish to organize an exhibition are invited to submit a written proposal. Proposals should:

  • Identify participant(s) and faculty sponsor(s)
  • Summarize thesis
  • Indicate typical objects

Proposals should include no more than three double-spaced text pages and up to six sample images—legible photocopies are acceptable.  Address proposals to:

Patience Young, Curator for Education
Cantor Arts Center
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5060

Student Performances and Programs
The Cantor Arts Center organizes or provides the venue for programs of scholarly and general interest such as lectures, films, and performances. The Center receives many requests for collaborative activities, both for university groups, such as dance workshops which are not publicized off-campus, and also for public audiences, such as chamber music concerts and lectures. While the Center is happy to provide space and possibly co-sponsor programs as the events schedule allows, students must secure a faculty advisor to support a request for program space.

For more information about using the Cantor Arts Center, visit the Private Events section of this website.

Submitting a Proposal for a Performance or Program
The Center’s program schedule is usually in place six to eight months in advance, and this timeframe may be hard to reconcile with academic planning cycles. A monthly Programs group meeting considers proposals for various criteria: content, relevance to the Center’s mission, correspondence to what is/will be on view in the galleries, appeal to university and/or public audiences, and feasibility in the overall program schedule.

Please note that the Center's policy for public programs is to co-sponsor only those that can be announced to the public and the media, and does not entertain proposals for non-public events during open hours on Thursday evenings.

Awards and Academic Initiatives

Geballe Prize for Writing
The Geballe Prize honors outstanding examples of prose writing related to the Cantor Arts Center, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose written by first and second year undergraduate students as part of coursework in any discipline. Winners receive a $500 cash award and are recognized at a special ceremony at the Cantor Arts Center. In addition, winning submissions are considered for publication in the biennial Cantor Arts Center Journal.

Guidelines for the Geballe Prize for Writing

Constance Miller Fund for Academic Initiatives
The Constance Miller Fund encourages and supports the Center’s academic collaborations. Proposals involving cross-cultural and interdepartmental exchanges touching upon some aspect of Asian art and culture are particularly welcome

Project Profiles and Submitting a Proposal