News Press Release


Release date: September 2, 2010


On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the Modern Art Council of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will host the 2010 Bay Area Treasure Award Luncheon, honoring esteemed artist William T. Wiley. Organized by the Modern Art Council, SFMOMA's premier fundraising auxiliary, this annual lifetime achievement award recognizes Bay Area artists who continually define and redefine contemporary art. Wiley is the eleventh honoree; previous award recipients are painters Robert Bechtle, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, and Wayne Thiebaud; sculptor Richard Serra; sound artist Bill Fontana; industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull; architect Lawrence Halprin; and photographers Ruth Bernhard and Larry Sultan.

Proceeds from the 2010 Bay Area Treasure Award Luncheon benefit the museum's exhibitions and public programs.


Event Chair: Valerie Corvin
Modern Art Council President: Jill G. Barnett


Wednesday, November 10, 2010
10:45–11:30 a.m.: Benefactor Reception
Speaker: Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections, Berkeley Art Museum
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.: Award Luncheon
Conversation with the artist and Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture


The St. Regis San Francisco
125 Third Street, San Francisco


$7,500 Grand Benefactor Table (seats 10)
$5,000 Benefactor Table (seats 10)
$3,500 Patron Table (seats 10)
$750 Individual Grand Benefactor Ticket
$500 Individual Benefactor Ticket
$350 Individual Patron Ticket


For tickets or more information, call the Modern Art Council at 415.618.3263 or email


Bay Area Treasure is made possible by generous support from Webcor Builders. Additional support has been provided by BMW Concord.

About the Artist

William T. Wiley has challenged precepts of mainstream art for the last fifty years with works in media ranging from drawing, painting, and sculpture to film and performance. Difficult to classify as part of any movement or style, his is an art of engagement and confrontation, challenging our views on any number of universal topics, including art, love, war, and the natural environment. Wiley's multivalent pieces use both familiar imagery and a personal vocabulary of symbols to communicate his ideas. Complex and elusive, Wiley's remarkable works consistently encourage us to consider human nature and contemporary society in a new light.

Media Contacts

  • Jill Lynch, 415.357.4172,
  • Communications Department, 415.357.4170,


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

Visit or call 415.357.4000 for more information.