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Oshman Hall

Oshman Hall interior, McMurtry Building

The Barbara and M. Kenneth Oshman Lecture Hall & Presentation Space is managed by the Department of Art & Art History and the Office of the Registrar. In addition to its function as a lecture-style classroom, Oshman Hall supports university arts programming, as the department schedule permits.

Reservation Requests for Arts Events

  • The Registrar schedules use of Oshman from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm Monday through Friday. Those interested in using the space during the day should make arrangements directly through the Registrar.
  • After 4:20 pm and on weekends, Oshman Hall is reserved for the use of the Department of Art & Art History. Stanford faculty, staff, and students with a faculty sponsor may request use of Oshman Hall for arts programming during that time. Reservation requests must include a proposal describing the intended activity and should be directed to mayafrau [at] (Diana Vasquez) to initiate consideration. Please note that only arts events and programming will be considered, and only as the department schedule allows. Receptions and dinners are not permitted in Oshman Hall or in the McMurtry Building.
  • Use fees for Oshman Hall vary depending on the complexity of the activity, and do not include janitorial or event services support, which must be arranged by the user.

General Policies

No food or drink is permitted in Oshman Hall. Post-event receptions are not permitted in the McMurtry Building, including the outdoor Atrium.

Occupancy Limit

The occupancy limit depends on the seating configuration, and ranges from 125 (in standard seating mode) to 300 (with seats retracted - all standing). In the default lecture set up, the room seats up to 125 people. The Jezet retractable seats allow for a reduced configuration of 77 seats, or they can be retracted entirely to create an open room. 


Oshman Hall is approximately 1,800 square feet and has a large glass folding garage door, allowing for indoor/outdoor activity, retracting shades, and blackout curtains to darken the room for projection. Please note there is no green room, dressing room, or storage area available. McMurtry Building restrooms may not be used as dressing rooms. AV package includes a DLP projector, motorized projection screen, 7.2 surround speakers, BluRay player, and a portable lectern with smart panel and cabling for digital and analog audio/video inputs.