The Arts

Stanford places art and creativity at the heart of a 21st-century education.

The campus is home to two art museums and several smaller galleries, multiple performance venues including Bing Concert Hall, Memorial Auditorium and Roble Gym, as well as departmental programs in art and art history, creative writing, dance, film and media studies, music, and theater and performance. An array of student performance groups and outdoor art make the campus a rich environment for art, artists and audiences.

The Anderson Collection

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University opened in 2014 and features modern and contemporary American art representing Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, Color Field Painting and more. Artists include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock. See page 3 for visiting information.

Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center was founded in 1891 and is home to a collection of more than 45,000 works of art. Its 24 galleries and 20 special exhibitions each year span the globe from Europe to Africa to the Americas to Asia, and the history of art from classical to contemporary.

Performance Arts

Bing Concert Hall hosts music, dance and theater year-round, anchored by professional performances presented by Stanford Live. Stanford’s largest indoor performance space is Memorial Auditorium, which presents the university’s largest musicals, dance performances and notable speakers. Roble Gym is home to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and includes a dance studio and black box theater. Dinkelspiel Auditorium serves the Department of Music and the rest of the university for large performances, lectures, symposia, and rehearsals.

Department of Art and Art History

The McMurtry Building for art and art history opened in 2015 as an interdisciplinary hub to foster interaction and collaboration among students and faculty, and support the integration of the arts into university life. It brings together programs in art history, art practice, design, documentary film and video, and film and media studies. It also houses the Bowes Art and Architecture Library and the Coulter Art Gallery.

Hanna House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hanna House was built in 1937. Its unique design is based on hexagonal geometry, with no right angles in the floor plan. Hanna House is open for tours on a limited basis via advance booking.

Campus Architecture

Located just beyond stately Palm Drive and the Oval, Stanford’s 17-acre Quad is the oldest part of campus and the heart of the university. Its arches and walkways inspired the modern design of the nearby Science and Engineering Quad. Other notable campus buildings include the James H. Clark Center for interdisciplinary research, Stanford Law School’s Neukom Building, Hoover Tower, and the recently renovated Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning, originally the chemistry building dating to 1902. Stanford’s Central Energy Facility has won numerous design and environmental awards since its completion in 2015.

Outdoor Art and the Arboretum

From Papua New Guinea sculptures and Alexander Calder’s The Falcon on the south side of campus to Peter Wegner’s site-specific works at the Graduate School of Business to the carved marble Angel of Grief in the arboretum, there are more than 85 works of outdoor art on Stanford campus. In the arboretum is Andy Goldsworthy’s Stone River (2001), the Stanford family mausoleum and the Arizona Garden. River Stone is a 320-foot sculpture constructed of sandstone from university buildings destroyed in the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The mausoleum holds the remains of Leland and Jane Stanford and their son, Leland Junior, and the adjacent Arizona Garden features cacti and succulents that were planted in the 1880s.

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