Walda Besthoff, a native of New Orleans, like her husband, has had a lifelong commitment to the performing arts, particularly theater and dance, as a performer, staffer and patron. Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, she served in administrative and institutional advancement positions for various local ballet groups. Mrs. Besthoff served on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in the 1980s, chairing the Capital Campaign for the expansion of the CAC.
|Known as connoisseurs of modern and contemporary sculpture, Sydney and Walda founded their garden with the aim of allowing the the public to enjoy art in a contemplative and idyllic Louisiana environment.|
In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Besthoff established the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to cultivating public interest in the arts, particularly contemporary sculpture. The Foundation’s collection began in 1977 and has grown to more than 100 works. The collection is on view at the Foundation’s headquarters on historic Lee Circle and is open to the public. Sydney and Walda Besthoff were selected by Art & Antiques magazine in 2002 as one of “100 of America’s Top Collectors.”