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Veronica Roberts

John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center

Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts is the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center. Before coming Stanford, she was the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin since 2013. At the Blanton, she curated the nationally touring exhibitions Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, which traveled to the Cantor in 2017, and Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt. Roberts also presented projects with artists Vincent Valdez, Lenka Clayton, Donald Moffett, Susan Philipsz, Ed Ruscha and Diedrick Brackens, and co-curated an exhibition of Charles White works jointly acquired by the Blanton and Art Galleries at Black Studies. She opened the exhibition Assembly: New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists in 2021, and another, Day Jobs, featuring work by Emma Amos, Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Tishan Hsu, Jim Campbell, Genesis Belanger, and many others, will open at the Blanton in early 2023.

In addition to curating exhibitions and producing scholarly publications at the Blanton, Roberts oversaw the reinstallation of the museums’s modern and contemporary collection, focusing on bolstering works by women and artists of color and helping to create dedicated spaces for video art and new works by contemporary artists. She also worked closely with Ellsworth Kelly to help realize the artist’s only building, Austin, the chapel-like space filled with monumental colored glass windows that opened in early 2018. She conceived the first-ever outdoor sound art gallery, opening in 2023 on the Blanton grounds, and during the pandemic, co-created Texas Talks Art, a weekly 30-minute virtual conversation between a curator and artist to provide visibility to Texas artists and collaboration among museums across the state. In 2020-21, Roberts was a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Prior to her role at the Blanton, Roberts held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She also served as director of research for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné. She earned her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA in art history from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Director's Advisory Board 2022

Sara Abbasi
Susan Patricia Diekman
Melissa Fetter, Chair

Doris F. Fisher
Pamela Hornik
George H. Hume
Liong Seen Kwee
Daryl Lillie
Christy MacLear 
Deedee McMurtry
J. Sanford Miller 
Barbara Oshman
Tina Perry 
Frederick P. Rehmus
Debi Wisch

Akiko Yamazaki

EX-OFFICIO

Deborah Cullinan
Vice President for the Arts, Stanford University

Jon Denney
Vice President for Development, Stanford University

Roberta Katz
Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Stanford University

Jason Linetzky
Director, Anderson Collection

Pavle Levi
Department Chair, Art & Art History, Stanford University
Shana Middler
Chair, Membership Executive Council

Debbie Shepherd
Chair, Contemporary Collectors Circle

Marc Tessier-Lavigne
President, Stanford University

Vaughn Williams
Chair, Arts Advisory Council 

Membership Executive Council 2021-2022

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

EX-OFFICIO
Nicole Rubin
Barbara Bogomilsky
Debbie Shepherd