Stanford Raises $42 million to Launch the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University

Hundreds of Friends Participate in Successful Campaign

Contact: Mona Duggan, Director of External Relations (650) 725-4240; or Jill Osaka, Public Relations Manager (650) 725-4657

STANFORD, CA August 1998 - In a highly successful fundraising drive, the Stanford Museum has received over $42 million in gifts to launch the new Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. $36.8 million has been raised for the rebuilding project and over $5 million for additional opening costs, including the enhancement of the Rodin Sculpture Garden, the reinstallation of the collections, and special exhibitions in the initial schedule.

The Museum began its fundraising drive in 1991 with a $5 million lead gift from Carmen Christensen. In the same year, The Committee for Art at Stanford, the Museum's membership group, pledged to raise $1 million and exceeded its goal, contributing over $1,500,000. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's settlement with Stanford University for assistance with damage suffered in the 1989 earthquake included an allocation of close to $7.5 million for the renovation of the historic museum building. The turning point in the campaign came in 1994, when well known art patrons and philanthropists, Iris Cantor and the late B. Gerald Cantor made a $10 million pledge. This provided the needed momentum to finish the drive successfully so that construction could commence in late 1995. In total, more than 700 generous friends supported the project with gifts ranging from $10.00 from a Stanford student to the Cantors' magnificent gift.

Museum Director, Thomas K. Seligman, working with Mona Duggan, Associate Director/Director of External Relations, headed the campaign. Stanford President Gerhard Casper, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, and John Ford, the University's Vice President for Development, were also instrumental in the success of overall fundraising.

Several donors made gifts to name spaces in the new Center. They include:
  • Freidenrich Family Gallery: gift of Jill and John Freidenrich
  • Geballe Family Balcony: gift of the Geballe Family
  • Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery: gift of James Gibbons in his wife's honor
  • Ruth Levison Hallierin Gallery: gift of Robert Hallierin in his wife's honor
  • McMurtry Family Terrace: gift of Deedee and Burton McMurtry
  • Meier Family Galleria: gift of Linda and Tony Meier
  • Albert Moorman Room: gift of Albert and Bette Moorman
  • Oshman Family Gallery: gift of Barbara and Kenneth Oshman
  • Pigott Family Gallery: gift of the Norcliffe Foundation
  • Patricia S. Rebele Gallery and Rowland K. Rebele Gallery: gift of Patricia and
  • Rowland Rebele
  • Madeleine H. Russell Gallery: gift of Madeleine Russell and Columbia Foundation
  • Ruth Scholtz Conference Room: gift of Dr. Jud Scholtz Family in memory of Ruth Scholtz
  • Mary Tanenbaum Seminar Room: gift of Mary and Charles Tanenbaum
  • Cantor Arts Center Café: Gift of Joan Corley and John D. Leland
  • Auditorium: Gift of The Committee for Art at Stanford

The third phase of fundraising will begin early next year when the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford will launch a $20 million endowment campaign for curatorships, acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs, and conservation. For an unrestricted gift to the endowment, donors can also name one of the beautiful spaces still available in the new Center.

The Center's membership group is undergoing a broad ranging membership drive with a goal of doubling membership by the year 2000. Over 400 new members have joined during the first six months of this year. With the most ambitious phase of the campaign yet to come, it is expected that they will meet their goal.

In spring of 1999, the Center will also launch a new corporate membership program, which is now in the planning stages. The program will offer several highly attractive benefits, such as use of the Center's beautiful public spaces for a business event, programs for employees, and special recognition for members.