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Arts at Stanford

The Arts at Stanford Oral History Project aims to conduct oral history interviews with Stanford faculty, staff, donors, and others to illuminate the history and evolution of the arts at Stanford. The first phase of the project focuses on the visual arts at Stanford, especially the collections and exhibits at the Stanford University Museum of Art (later renamed the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts).

Oral Histories

2016 | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art Museum
Interviewer: Fryberger, Betsy G.
In their oral history from 2016, Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson and his wife, Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, talk about their love of art and how it led to their collection of highly regarded post-World War II American art, and their gift of more than 175 major paintings and sculpture to Stanford...
| Project: Staff, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art Museum
Interviewer: Humburg, Judee
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2009 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art & Art History
Interviewer: Humburg, Judith
Matt Kahn arrived at Stanford in 1949 at the age of 21. He had been studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art when then Art and Architecture Department Chair Ray Faulker wrote to Cranbrook for recommendations of someone to teach design as part of Stanford’s art curriculum. He has taught at...
2009 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art & Art History
Interviewer: Humburg, Judith
Frank Lobdell first came to Stanford in 1965 as an Artist in Residence.  Nate Oliveira seriously lobbied Dr. Eitner, then Chair of the Art and Architecture Department, to invite Lobdell to join the studio art faculty and, in 1966 he became a tenured associate professor at Stanford.  Lobdell talks...
2016 | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art Museum
Interviewer: Fryberger, Betsy G.
In this oral history from 2016, Patrick J. Maveety, Curator Emeritus of Asian Art at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Center (previously the Stanford Museum of Art), and his wife, Darle, offer vivid memories of their long association with Stanford, beginning with their time as art students in the...
1978 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Faculty, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art & Art History
Interviewer: Glover, Frederic O.
Daniel Mendelowitz recalls his student days at Stanford (AB Graphic Arts 1926, AM Graphic Arts 1927) and his years as a faculty member in the Department of Art from 1934 to 1970. The interview includes reflections on his publications and memories of his colleagues Edward Farmer and Arthur B. Clark...
2013 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art & Art History
Interviewer: Humburg, Judee
Biography: Nathan Oliveira was a leading artist in the Bay Area figurative movement and a professor of art at Stanford University for 32 years.  Born in Oakland, California in 1928 to Portuguese immigrant parents, Oliveira studied art at Mills College in 1950 and at the California College of Arts...
2016 | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art Museum
Interviewer: Fryberger, Betsy G.
In this oral history from 2016, Carol M. Osborne, former Assistant Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts (previously the Stanford Museum of Art), discusses her research on several significant publications about the history of the Museum and its key collections, as well as...
2011 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Founding Grant, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Alumni
Interviewer: Humburg, Judee
Frederick Rehmus, MBA 1961, describes his involvement with the Cantor Art Center and his various other volunteer activities around Stanford, including the Business School Alumni Board and the Alumni Association.
| Project: Staff, | Project: Arts at Stanford
Art Museum
Interviewer: Fryberger, Betsy
This interview was conducted in 2019 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu