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Update on Cantor's Interim Leadership

Update on Cantor's Interim Leadership

We continue to be grateful that you are part of the arts at Stanford and write to share an update with you about interim plans for the Cantor Arts Center.

I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator at the Cantor and director of the curatorial fellowship program, and Maude Brezinski, executive director of development for the arts at Stanford, will be serving as interim co-directors of the museum.

Elizabeth joined the Cantor in 2010. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of the museum’s exhibition program and recently served as a member of the Cantor’s Work Culture Group. Maude is a longstanding leader within Stanford Arts and the university’s external relations efforts and has cultivated relationships across the museum’s advisory board and supporters. She brings a background in museums, having previously worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. Together, Elizabeth and Maude are well positioned to guide the museum’s artistic and scholarly excellence and engagement with our community as we seek permanent leadership.

Other members of the transition team represent a cross-section of Cantor management responsibilities and will be complemented by administrative support from Stanford's Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

In partnership with this team and with Debra Satz, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, we will work closely with stakeholders from across the campus and community to situate the museum for ongoing success.

As this change comes amid an extended period of crisis and uncertainty in our country, we are especially thankful for you and for the art and artists who enable us to push forward our institutions and society. We can’t wait to be together again.

Wishing you good health and a restful upcoming Thanksgiving holiday,


Matthew Tiews
Interim Senior Associate Vice President for the Arts
Stanford University