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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.

Maude Brezinski

Interim Director of Development, Cantor Arts Center and Executive Director, Development for the Arts, Stanford University

An image of Maude Brezinski, Interim Development Director for the Cantor Arts CenterMaude 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, development for the arts. From November 2020 through June 2022, she served as interim co-director of Cantor Arts Center.

Brezinski has extensive development expertise in capital campaigns, principal and major gifts, annual giving programs, and volunteer management. She has been the lead fundraiser for the arts initiative at Stanford for the past nine years. 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.

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.

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


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

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

Nicole Rubin
Barbara Bogomilsky