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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.

Christina Linden

Director of Academic and Public Programs

Christina LindenChristina Linden has a professional practice that spans the fields of museum work, public engagement, and higher education. Throughout, she strives to support social relevancy and create platforms and access for underrepresented voices and audiences. She has most recently held joint positions as Head of Academic Engagement at the California College of the Arts Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at CCA. Prior to holding her current faculty position at CCA, she also worked with graduate and undergraduate students as Visiting Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a classroom instructor at San Francisco Art Institute, California State University East Bay, and Bard College. She served as Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the visitor-centered Oakland Museum of California from 2013–2017, where she curated projects with artists and community organizations including Math Bass, the Imperial Court of San Francisco, Roy De Forest, Jedediah Caesar, the San Francisco Suiseki Kai, Michelle Dizon, Judy Chicago, and Marion Gray. Linden continued working with OMCA through 2019 to curate Queer California: Untold Stories, a large-scale exhibition project focusing on LGBTQ+ history and art in California. In 2012 and 2013, she worked with the Education + Public Practice Department at SFMOMA on projects with artists Desirée Holman and Ben Kinmont. Her writing has been published in Art in America, Art Practical, Fillip, Modern Painters, SFAQ, Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and numerous artists' books and exhibition catalogs. She is currently working on the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects in collaboration with artist Chris E. Vargas and curator David Evans Frantz. Linden holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and a BA in Art History from New York University.

Brynn Myers

Director of Development

Brynn MyersBrynn Myers leads all areas of fundraising at the Cantor Arts Center, including major gifts, annual gifts, membership, corporate and foundation support, a gala, and other revenue generating events. A native of California, Myers spent close to two decades directing foundation, corporate philanthropic, and government support programs at New York City Ballet and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and KQED in San Francisco.

Highlights at the Guggenheim include securing major grants to launch the Panza Collection Initiative and Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Contemporary Art Initiative while spearheading capital project fundraising to preserve, restore, and expand upon the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright- designed museum building. At New York City Ballet, she raised funds to launch the New York Choreographic Institute and many other new initiatives, including an Artist in Residence program and the position of Resident Choreographer. At KQED, her fundraising helped fuel news and public affairs, science and environment, and arts and culture content creation across radio, television, online, and education platforms.

For the immediate six years prior to joining the Cantor, she led development departments in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Ballet BC, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Earlier in her career, Myers worked in various areas of fundraising for small to midsize cultural institutions in the midwestern U.S., as well as national and international service organizations for performing and visual artists in New York and Washington, DC.

Myers holds an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA in Telecommunications and French with an Art History minor from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Diplôme d’études françaises, 2e degré from the University of Strasbourg in France.

Director's Advisory Board 2023

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 2022-2023

Shana Middler, Chair
Sara Abbasi
Kathy Adams
Nikki Andrews
Catherine Boyle
Martha Chamberlain
Amy Kacher

EX-OFFICIO
Nicole Rubin
Barbara Bogomilsky
Debbie Shepherd