The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) presented George Lucas with the 14th annual Bay Area Treasure Award recognizing local artists and creative leaders who redefine the field of visual art. This year’s award ceremony, organized by the Modern Art Council (MAC), was held at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel.
This year’s soirée, helmed by Event Chair Jacqueline Sacks, drew the biggest crowd in the history of the award, bringing longstanding and new patrons together to fete the Marin-based honoree who has not only helped make the Bay Area a center for innovation in film and animation, but also contributed greatly to the community through his support of progressive education in K-12 schools, a shared priority for SFMOMA.
To commence the dinner ceremony, guests enjoyed an introduction to Lucas’s life and work by his official biographer Jonathan Rinzler, and toasted the filmmaker’s extraordinary career. Then Lucas himself took the stage for a conversation with SFMOMA Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMOMA, delighting guests with stories of his life and work. Many were surprised to learn that in 1977, as part of SFMOMA’s longstanding film program, the museum held a screening of Lucas’s film THX 1138, his feature directorial debut at just 27 years old.
Best known for his Star Wars franchise and the Indiana Jones series, he has made the Bay Area a center for innovation in film and animation with the launch of Lucasfilm Ltd. in 1971.