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Targeted Gifts

Targeted gifts have a significant impact on the museum’s ability to present innovative exhibitions and educational programming, enhance the collections, and engage audiences in interactive experiences with art. Generous philanthropic support can, for example, enable the conservation of the Cantor’s collections or inspire capital projects to support important building needs. A memorial or honorary gift can also be a thoughtful and enduring way to recognize a friend or loved one on a permanent basis.

There are many ways to consider making a gift to the Cantor—through cash contributions, gifts of appreciated securities, bequests and planned gifts, or in-kind gifts such as contributions of valuable art. Unrestricted gifts are especially welcome, providing the museum with flexibility in planning. For information on making a gift, contact Maude Brezinski, Executive Director, Arts Development and Interim Director of Development, Cantor Arts Center, by email.

Exhibition Support

The Cantor Arts Center fosters bold, imaginative, and experimental approaches to its robust and dynamic exhibition program. Each year, the museum mounts more than 20 new exhibitions. Ranging in size and scope, the exhibitions feature works from ancient to contemporary art, drawing on cultures from Africa to Asia, the Americas, and Europe, and showcasing sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, and printmaking.

The Cantor exhibition program is distinguished by its connection to the academic life of the university. The themes and focus of each exhibition are specifically developed to create new learning opportunities for students from a wide variety of disciplines.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. With more than 270,000 visitors a year to the Cantor, these exhibitions are extraordinary resources on campus, in the broader community, and well beyond.

Program Support

A core belief of the museum is that meaningful participation in the arts will enrich students’ lives in lasting ways. The Cantor is committed to teaching and engaging the broadest possible array of Stanford’s undergraduate and graduate students and to providing opportunities for future leaders in the arts. Through a wide range of programs, the Cantor attracts students from all backgrounds and provides a range of opportunities for them to connect with the art on view and to enjoy the museum as a site for exchange, engagement, and enjoyment. As student interest grows, the museum seeks to grow endowed and operating support of these important and integral programs. The museum also promotes free programming to the greater community, including thousands of K–12 school children from the area annually.

Collections Support

At the heart of the museum, the Cantor’s permanent collection is an essential resource and an important foundation for learning, teaching, and engaging within the university. The Cantor is committed to strategically building, refining, and displaying a collection of significant works of art from all geographic regions and across all eras. The museum also looks to add works by traditionally underrepresented populations. The museum is dedicated to object centered study and to the care of the collection for the benefit of future generations.

The continuing generosity of Stanford’s alumni and other donors has enabled Cantor’s collection to grow significantly in the last decade, but there remain critical gaps in the museum’s encyclopedic collection. The museum seeks to build its endowment funding to ensure the agility to secure strategic purchases at key market times or rare works become available.

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For information on making a gift, contact our development office at or 650-723-3482.