Who we are
The Cantor acts as a resource for the Stanford community as part of the university’s mission to “serve as a place of enlightenment and freedom of thought and expression.” The Cantor’s diverse collection of 40,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary art from all regions of the world, allows for learning, teaching, and research across a wide variety of disciplines.
What we do
Cantor educators work with instructors to design customized class visits. We place an emphasis on sustained close-looking, open-ended interdisciplinary inquiry, and active learning. During class visits, students develop their visual literacy, practice observational and oral communication skills, solve problems, and think critically and creatively.
We welcome class visits to the Cantor galleries. Providing advance notice will enable us to ensure that your class is not interrupted by other groups and that the art you wish to see is available. Use the request form below to make arrangements for either a self-guided gallery visit or a gallery visit led by a Cantor educator.
In addition, the Cantor has a classroom devoted to studying art not currently on view. Although many works are exhibited in the museum’s galleries, the vast majority of the Cantor's collection is kept in storage. To facilitate teaching and research related to our collection, we invite faculty and other Stanford instructors to request objects from storage and hold occasional sessions in our classroom. Our curatorial and academic staff will collaborate with you to design the most effective educational experience possible.
How to get started
Class visits to the Cantor Arts Center are generally scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM Pacific. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our collection before requesting a visit. You can browse or search our online collection before placing your request. Please note that because the museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, class visits may be limited on those days; preference will be given to requests for visits on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
To place a class visit request, please submit a Class Visit Request form at least four (4) weeks before the date of your desired class visit. Please understand that we are not able to accept short-notice requests. If you have any questions about the request form, please contact Kwang-Mi Ro, Class Visit and Tour Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Once your request has been received, Cantor staff will work to schedule and confirm your visit. Following this, a Cantor educator will be in touch to discuss your course content and learning objectives, and to begin designing your class session(s). Please note that our capacity to accommodate class visits is limited, and that we may not be able to fulfill your request.
Research Consultations, Assignment Design and Other Engagement
If you are interested in other types of engagement, including research consultations and object-based activity or assignment design, please contact the Cantor’s academic staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requesting High-Resolution Images
If you would like to request high-res images of Cantor collection objects for use in your teaching, contact Shanna Dickson, Associate Registrar, at email@example.com. Please consult our online collection and include the name of the artwork(s) and the accession number(s) in your request. We are able to supply up to 20 images to each faculty member each quarter. We will fulfill your request within 5 business days of receiving your email. Images may be used for study, research, and educational purposes only and may not be published or reproduced without further approval.