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SFMOMA’S MODERN ART COUNCIL HONORS WILLIAM T. WILEY WITH ELEVENTH ANNUAL BAY AREA TREASURE AWARD

Released: September 02, 2010

What

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.

Who

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

When

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

Where

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

Tickets

$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

More

For tickets or more information, call the Modern Art Council at 415.618.3263 or email mac@sfmoma.org

Sponsors

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.