ArtsWest

ArtsWest is an innovative program that aims to place a spotlight on Western arts through speakers, symposiums, film screenings, and exhibitions. The West boasts a rich tradition of distinctive and celebrated works of literature, photography, and visual and cinematic art. The West is a place of globally influential creativity and artistic vision as the epicenter for America’s motion picture industry, a mecca for seekers of the counterculture, and a home for daring artists and trends. ArtsWest aims to explore the contribution of the arts and humanities in the American West through programs for public and scholarly audiences and to extend the reach of the University into continuing education for adults in the arts and humanities.

Although many associate Stanford University with the science and technology of Silicon Valley, the strong influence of the arts and humanities on campus dates back to the university's founding. More recently, the opening of the Anderson Collection, McMurtry Building, and designation of the new Arts District surrounding the world class Cantor Center for Visual Arts have combined to place Stanford in the top tier of American universities emphasizing the visual arts.

ArtsWest seeks to leverage the excellence found on campus with a special emphasis on the contributions of Western-based artists, writers, and cultural leaders who are inspired by the lifestyle and landscape found in the West. Through a series of lectures, seminars, symposia and teaching, ArtsWest highlights historical contributions and forward-looking trends in the arts benefitting the campus and public at large.

Past Events

May
5
Date
Wed May 5th 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Lukas Felzmann, an artist and Affiliate Scholar at the Bill Lane Center, has been working on a new photographic archive of California.

November
5
Date
Thu November 5th 2020, 6:00pm

Join us for a conversation between Jason De León, anthropologist, curator and faculty at UCLA; Angela Garcia, Associate Professor in Anthropology at Stanford; Jon Ayon Alonso, MFA candidate in…

October
6
Date
Tue October 6th 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Stanford historian Richard White partners with his son, photographer Jesse Amble White. 

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September
24
Date
Thu September 24th 2020, 2:00pm

The artist Lukas…

May
21
Date
Thu May 21st 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Koret-Taube Conference Room
Gunn-SIEPR Building
366 Galvez Street
Stanford University

The influences of Adams, Weston and Curtis on contemporary photography will be examined as later generations of artists continue to reinterpret these early works for audiences today and into…

February
27
Date
Thu February 27th 2020, 4:30pm - 6:45pm
Location:
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive @ Museum Way
It is the intention of this symposium to explore the challenges, opportunities, and limitations that the emergence of virtual and augmented reality offers artists and museums based in the…
November
7
Date
Thu November 7th 2019, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
328 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Campus parking is free after 4 pm

A recent gift by the Capital Group Foundation has provided the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University with a collection of more than 1,000 photographs by seven American…

May
20
Date
Mon May 20th 2019, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Koret-Taube Conference Center, Room 130
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building
366 Galvez Street
Stanford University
Campus parking is free after 4 pm

For the past six years, Binh Danh has been traveling across the West, making scenic daguerreotypes in a mobile darkroom he called Louis, after Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the…

February
23
Date
Sat February 23rd 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
de Young Museum
Koret Auditorium
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
 

 

January
29
Date
Tue January 29th 2019, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever…