Veronica Roberts

Bay Area native Veronica Roberts stepped into her new role as director of the Cantor Arts Center in July, around the time the museum opened The Faces of Ruth Asawa.

Veronica Roberts may be new to the director position at the Cantor Arts Center, but she is hardly a stranger to the Stanford museum. The Bay Area native shares that her grandmother, whom she describes as a “guiding force in my life,” was a docent there for more than 35 years. “I remember most how much she cherished her role as a docent and how meaningful it was to her life and identity, especially as a woman of her generation,” says Roberts.

In 2017, when Roberts was curator of modern and contemporary art at the University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art, she organized the Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser touring exhibition, which opened at the Cantor that year. She fondly recalls experiencing the show with her grandmother. “I remember how many people wanted to talk to her and tell me how lucky I was to be her granddaughter,” says Roberts. “It is one of my last memories with her.”