Visual & Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 4,000 years of art. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of docent tours, lectures, symposia, classes, and special events.

Rodin Collection

In addition to approximately 200 Rodin works in three Cantor Arts Center galleries, the Stanford campus boasts 20 major works in the Rodin Sculpture Garden, plus the “Burghers of Calais” nearby on campus.

Outdoor Sculpture

Stanford's distinguished outdoor art collection includes important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present.  A printable walking guide is available for download.

Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery

This gallery serves as a teaching resource for the Department of Art & Art History and a premier exhibition venue for the Stanford and Bay Area art communities.

Stanford Art Spaces

With its frequently changing exhibits, Stanford Art Spaces is one of the largest galleries in the Bay area, exhibiting over 50 works in each show.

Performing Arts


Christian McBride
Photo by Toni Gauthier

Stanford Lively Arts

Lively Arts presents music, theater, dance, spoken word, and multi-media events that engage artists’ and audiences’ imagination, creativity, and sense of adventure.

Music At Stanford

The Department of Music presents concerts throughout the year featuring a range of classical and jazz music.

Cardinal Ballet Company

Stanford’s first ballet company features an enthusiastic group of classically-trained dancers who perform throughout the school year.

Stanford Drama

More than a dozen productions each academic school year include canonical plays, commissioned dance works, experimental projects, and the work of visiting artists.

Stanford Jazz Festival

Each summer many of the world’s best jazz artists come to Stanford for a series of performances that provide an exceptional immersion in jazz for the musicians and audiences alike.

Stanford Summer Theater

SST’s summer offerings include a full-scale theatrical production, staged readings, film screenings, and symposia.