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Maude Brezinski

Interim Co-Director

Maude Brezinski

Maude Brezinski has over 30 years of experience as a senior development professional in higher education, arts organizations, and social services agencies. For the past 20 years she has worked at Stanford University, where she currently serves as executive director of development for the arts and interim co-director of the Cantor Arts Center.

Brezinski has extensive development expertise in capital campaigns, principal and major gifts, annual giving programs, and volunteer management. She is the lead fundraiser for the arts initiative at Stanford that in the past eight years created a new arts district with four new and renovated facilities, including the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Working with faculty, arts leadership, volunteers, and stewardship and communication professionals, she raised funds for three arts facilities, developed strategies for creating endowments, created new membership models, and led teams to create communications and events to open the facilities to the community.

Prior to working at Stanford, Ms. Brezinski worked at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the High Museum of Art. She has served on the boards of Sacred Heart Schools and Samaritan House. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Interim Co-Director

Elizabeth Mitchell

Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator and director of the Curatorial Fellowship Program

Mitchell has been the Cantor’s curator of prints, drawings, and photographs since she joined the museum in the fall of 2010. Her specialization is the intersection of printmaking and medical science in Enlightenment Britain. Most recently, she has been evaluating the permanent collection of art on paper and expanding it by acquiring photographs by artists from Africa and the Middle East and prints by African American artists. In 2017, Mitchell oversaw Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body, the reinstallation of the Cantor’s collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin, and in 2018 she co-curated Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein with Alex Nemerov, Art & Art History Department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.

As director of the Cantor’s Curatorial Fellowship Program, Mitchell supervises emerging curators who undertake major exhibition projects during their two- or three-year terms. Their accomplishments include re-envisioning how the museum represents African art in its galleries, collaborating with faculty and students to curate the exhibition Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang while also generating its related catalogue, and partnering with Mitchell to curate Rodin: The Shock of the Modern Body. Mitchell currently is supervising the new Capital Group Foundation curatorial fellow for photography.

Other exhibitions Mitchell has curated include: When Artists Attack: Honor Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835 (2012), Drawn to the Body: French Figure Drawings from the Cantor Arts Center Collection (2013), Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs (2013), and Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums (2014). She also installed the 2014 travelling retrospective Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video and, in 2015, taught Stanford undergraduate students in a seminar on Jacob Lawrence that resulted in the class curating the exhibition Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor. A Gift from the Kayden Family.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2006 and, before coming to the Cantor, was assistant curator of prints and drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Beth Giudicessi

Director of Marketing and Communications

Beth Giudicessi

Beth Giudicessi joined Stanford’s art museums in 2019 as director of marketing and communications, overseeing storytelling and message development for the Cantor and Anderson Collection. 

Prior to coming to Stanford, she led communications at Pivotal Ventures, the executive office of Melinda Gates. Her experience also includes public relations, editorial, and administrative roles for Harvard University’s libraries, the arts at Arizona State University, the University of Notre Dame, TripAdvisor.com, and the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the University of Edinburgh, and the Columbia University Journalism School's publishing course.

Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts, and Debra Satz, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, are providing oversight of the Cantor during its transition period.

For further information, please refer to the update on Cantor's interim leadership.

Cantor Transition Team

Laura Berthoud
Manager of Operations and Visitor Experience 

Peg Brady
Collections Department Manager and Senior Registrar 

Katie Clifford
Exhibition Registration and Installation Department Manager 

Tammy Fortin
Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator 

Beth Giudicessi
Director of Marketing and Communications 

Steve Green
Facilities Manager 

Kate Holohan
Assistant Curator for Academic Engagement

Jason Linetzky
Director, Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Tiffany Sakato
Manager of Exhibitions and Publications 

Anne Shulock
Assistant Vice President for the Arts
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Mimi Wai
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Curtistine Waldon-Hoes
Associate Director of Development
Office of Development

Director's Advisory Board

Susan Diekman, Chair
Sara Abbasi
Doris F. Fisher
Pamela Hornik
Elizabeth Swindells Hulsey
George H. Hume
Liong Seen Kwee
Daryl Lillie

Christy MacLear
Deedee McMurtry

J. Sanford Miller
Barbara Oshman

Tina Perry
Frederick P. Rehmus
Marilynn Thoma
Michael W. Wilsey
Debi Wisch
Akiko Yamazaki
Jerry Yang

EX-OFFICIO

Jon Denney
VP for Development

Melissa Fetter
Chair, Stanford, Arts Advisory Council

Roberta Katz
Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Stanford University

Jason Linetzky
Director of the Anderson Collection

Shana Middler
Chair, Membership Executive Council
Alex Nemerov
Dept Chair, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Provostial Prof, Arts and Humanities, Art History

Debbie Shepherd
Chair, Contemporary Collectors Circle
Marc Tessier-Lavigne
President, Stanford University

Membership Executive Council 2020-2021

Shana Middler, Chair
Sara Abbasi
Kathy Adams
Nikki Andrews
Sarah Blaustein
Martha Chamberlain
Amy Kacher

EX-OFFICIO
Nicole Rubin
Barbara Bogomilsky
Debbie Shepherd