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 Cantor’s collection, contact Kate Holohan at kholohan@stanford.edu or 650-723-2699.

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 Cantor'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 Cantor invites faculty members 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 collaborate with Cantor staff to determine and realize a show's content, intent, installation, and related programs.

Students can organize exhibitions through the Cantor Scholars program, designed for juniors and seniors.

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 Cantor 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 Cantor 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 Cantor’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. Programs are considered for various criteria: content, relevance to the Cantor’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 Cantor'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 writing related to the Cantor Arts Center, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose or poetry written by any Stanford undergraduate student independently or as part of coursework in any discipline. Winners receive a $750 cash award and are recognized at a special program at the Cantor. 

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