The Museum of Performance & Design recently awarded Nancy H. Bechtle its annual San Francisco Arts Medallion for her outstanding leadership in the arts. The luncheon was held at The Four Seasons Hotel.
Nancy Hellman Bechtle has a long and distinguished history as a leader in the performing arts in San Francisco. She served as President and CEO of the San Francisco Symphony from 1987 until the end of 2001 and continues to serve on the Symphony’s Board of Governors. She has served on the Boards of the San Francisco Opera Association and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Bechtle is also the President of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center where the Museum of Performance & Design currently makes its home.
Museum Director David R. Humphrey stated that “Nancy Bechtle represents one of San Francisco’s most beloved arts leaders through countless years of service, guidance and patronage to many of the community’s greatest cultural institutions. The Museum is proud to honor an individual who has done so much for the arts in this city.”
The San Francisco Arts Medallion was created in 2005 by the Museum to recognize those individuals whose leadership, actions, and generosity have benefited the cultural life of the Bay Area, especially in the performing arts. Past recipients of the San Francisco Arts Medallion have been Stanlee Gatti (2005), Gordon Getty (2006), Diane B. Wilsey (2007), Mr. and Mrs. George F. Jewett, Jr. (2008), and The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. (2009)
The Museum of Performance & Design (MPD) is the first international arts institution devoted to the celebration of the performing arts and theatrical design. Located in the Veterans Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center, the MPD produces world-class exhibitions that are free and open to the public, presents lectures and presentations by and about leading artists, provides conservation and archival services to performing arts institutions, presents youth and adult education programs, and houses a library that offers free access to a research collection of materials containing over 3 million items documenting the diverse cultural legacy of the performing arts in California and beyond.