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Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler

Director - North Carolina Museum of Art

Lawrence J. Wheeler was named director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in October 1994. Since that time the Museum has become one of the leading art museums in the American South. Prior to joining the NCMA, Dr. Wheeler was director of development at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1985 to 1994. From 1977 to 1985, he served as deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, where he was responsible for overseeing the construction of the original NCMA building. Dr. Wheeler’s awards include the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Republic of France, the Medal of Arts from the city of Raleigh, the Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal, the Design Guild Award from the North Carolina State University College of Design, and the Thad Eure Memorial Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. In December 2000 he was named Tar Heel of the Year by the Raleigh News and Observer, which called him “the godfather of the Triangle’s cultural boom” and cited his skill at melding “arts, politics, and commerce into a powerful new cultural force.” Lawrence Wheeler grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and French from Pfeiffer College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in European history from the University of Georgia. He has received honorary degrees from N.C. State University and Pfeiffer University.

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