Cantor Arts Center Admission Is FREE

"Art has the power to educate and inform, and should be made accessible to all." Jane Stanford, 1884

Stanford, California, Winter 2009 --- Jane Stanford's legacy continues at the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus: With free admission to the public, the Center remains one of the few Bay Area arts institutions to offer such universal access, even in difficult economic times.

With the help of donors and members, the Center has become a major community resource and a vibrant destination, offering a wealth of exhibitions, educational programs, and events. Guests can spend several hours wandering the Center's 90,000 square feet of beautiful public space in the historic 1894 building and new Halperin Family Wing. Nine changing exhibitions are featured throughout the year and include presentations drawn from the Center's collections, traveling shows from other institutions, and smaller focused presentations.

A year of special exhibitions based on the theme "Passion for Collecting" features works that have been acquired through gift and purchase since the Center's grand reopening in 1999. Currently on view are Durer to Picasso and Timbuktu to Capetown. A show of contemporary works, Pop to Present, opens in April, followed by From the Bronze Age of China to Japan's Floating World, which opens in July.

In addition to these changing exhibition at the Center, 18 additional galleries house diverse permanent collections that span 4000 years, from ancient Egypt and China to the 21st century. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the Center's collections continue to grow in quality and importance.
The ongoing and ever-popular display in the Stanford Family Room, endowed by Ambassador "Bill" and Jean Lane, presents the collections of young Leland Stanford Jr., the Gold Spike, and a painting of Jane Stanford's jewels.

And the Center's renowned Rodin Sculpture Garden, a favorite destination for visitors, presents one of the largest outdoor collections of Rodin's art outside Paris, further augmented by three galleries of Rodin's works displayed inside. The collection was given to the University by Iris and the late B. Gerald Cantor. The Center also includes other beautiful, expansive outdoor areas, and if visitors want to venture further out on campus, they can pick up a map of outdoor sculpture sited throughout the University.

Visitors can also have lunch or refreshments in the Cool Cafe, or bring a picnic to the Rodin Garden, Andy Goldsworthy's Stone River, or the lawn adjacent to the cafe.

These days, the Cantor Arts Center wants to remind the press and public:
"Bring your family and friends and visit your museum. It's free!"

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VISITOR INFORMATION: Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177,

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Call 650-724-3600 or email