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.
While there is no substitute for experiencing art in person, the Cantor is committed to being partners in teaching -- no matter the circumstance. While courses are being taught online, we invite students and faculty to engage with our collections remotely. We invite you to explore the resources on this page and to reach out with questions.
When the museum reopens, both faculty-led and museum educator-led visits to the galleries may also be possible. Requests for in-person visits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we are able to follow the University’s health guidelines.
How to get started
Virtual Class Visits
- Virtual class visits, conducted via Zoom, are generally scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Pacific.
- We encourage faculty and other instructors to familiarize themselves with our collection before requesting a virtual visit. You can browse or search our online collection.
To place a class visit request, please submit a Class Visit Request form at least four (4) weeks before the date of your desired virtual session. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your request has been received, Cantor staff will schedule and confirm your visit. Following this confirmation, the Cantor’s academic staff will be in touch to discuss your course content and learning objectives and begin designing your virtual class session(s).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.