CANTOR ARTS CENTER EXPANDS HOURS ... Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center is now open six days a week. The museum has expanded its hours to include Mondays as well as most holidays. The new hours of operation are Wednesday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus Thursday evening until 8 p.m. The Cantor will be closed only on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission remains free to the public.
"With the museum open six days, students and faculty get an extra weekday to engage with our exhibitions, collections and professional staff -- making the Cantor even more valuable as an interdisciplinary resource at Stanford for research and teaching," Director Connie Wolf said.
Current exhibitions at the Cantor include POP Art from SF MOMA's Anderson Collection, midcentury American photographs by Robert Frank, miniature Indian court paintings and "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light" by Hungarian-born American artist and designer Gyorgy Kepes.
To learn more about the Cantor Arts Center, go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.
CUBBERLEY ARTIST STUDIOS PROGRAM RELAUNCHES ... The City of Palo Alto recently announced the selection of 28 incumbent and new artists for its artist residency program. Among those chosen are 13 Palo Alto residents. The genres represented range from the more traditional arts -- painting, sculpture and printmaking -- to costuming, video, mixed-media installation and graphic-novel writing and illustration.
The residencies begin in October. In exchange for subsidized rental fees, artists agree to donate four volunteer hours per month as well as one work of art per residency to the City of Palo Alto's Public Art Program.
Returning artists in residence include Lessa Bouchard, Ken Edwards, Linda Gass, Michal Gavish, Barbara Gunther, Inge Infante, Ulla de Larios, Marianne Lettieri, Ann McMillan, Andrew Muonio and Nancy White.
New artists joining the program this year are Daniele Archambault, Barbara Boissevain, Servane Briand, Shashana Chittle, Charles Coates, Mel Day, Rachelle Doorley, Christine Gray, Gloria Huet, Pantea Karimi, Paloma Lucas, Ewa Nowicka, Ernest Regua, Jennifer Gonsalves, Sahba Shere and the artist collective of Pernilla Andersson & Paula Pereira.
HEAD OF ART CENTER CHOSEN FOR ELITE CLASS ... Karen Kienzle, director of the Palo Alto Art Center, was selected this month to join an elite class of 50 exceptional leaders in the Chief Executive Program, sponsored by National Arts Strategies. The organization culled through applications from 13 different countries in the highly competitive recruitment process before identifying the top executive cultural leaders from around the world. "I am tremendously honored and humbled by this," Kienzle said. "These are people who are incredible leaders doing incredible work." Under Kienzle's leadership, Art Center attendance has steadily risen and currently shows an increase of 10,000 people per year. In addition, the glass-enclosed Gallery Shop located in the lobby of the Art Center -- which offers an assortment of jewelry, ceramics and glassware -- is also getting more attention. "And once Rinconada Library reopens, we're expecting our customer base to become even larger," Kienzle said.