Susan Dackerman Appointed Director of Cantor Arts Center

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Susan Dackerman, the director at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, has resigned.  (Photo: Rebecca Zamora)

After a year-long international hunt, Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center has found its newest director.

The university announced on Friday that Susan Dackerman will take the helm at the esteemed university museum. Her appointment will commence Sept. 18.

She succeeds Connie Wolf, who abruptly vacated the post last June after four years of service to the museum. In her tenure, Wolf notably raised museum annual attendance by 60 percent and fortified its permanent collection with pieces from the likes of Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol.

“The Cantor is one of the most important university art museums in the country, and with Stanford’s commitment to the arts and humanities, it has the potential to produce exhibitions and programs that are models for other museums,” Dackerman said in the announcement.

Dackerman’s extensive background of working in university museums will be invaluable for her position at the Center. She served as the curator of prints at the Harvard Art Museums for a decade, where she curated notable exhibitions on nun-turned-Pop artist Corita Kent and printmaking’s role in the European scientific revolution.


After her stint at Harvard, she relocated to California in 2016 to do double-duty as a consortium scholar for the Getty Research Institute and an adjunct professor at USC. It was at the Getty where Dackerman completed her upcoming book, Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Monotypes. It will be published this October.

“Through her exceptional knowledge of and excellent track record within the world of university arts museums, Susan brings to Stanford a truly distinctive perspective,” said Harry J. Elam Jr., vice president for the arts at Stanford, in a statement.