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September 02, 2006

Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, 8-25-06

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Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler was named director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in October 1994. Since then, the Museum has become one of the region’s and the nation’s most popular and dynamic centers for the visual and performing arts.

During his tenure, Dr. Wheeler has presided over the completion of the landmark Museum Park on the Museum grounds, and has greatly enhanced the Museum’s collection of contemporary art while continuing to build on what is considered one of the finest collections of European old master paintings in the Southeast. In 1999 and 2000, Dr. Wheeler ushered in the “era of the blockbuster shows” at the Museum with record-breaking back-to-back exhibitions, Monet to Moore: The Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation and Rodin: Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection. The Rodin exhibition, which attracted over 300,000 people to the Museum, was the cornerstone of Festival Rodin, another of Dr. Wheeler’s initiatives, which became the largest marketing effort for the arts in the history of North Carolina. From October 2004–January 2005, the Museum hosted another blockbuster exhibition: Matisse, Picasso and the School of Paris.

Beginning October 2006, the North Carolina Museum of Art will present Monet in Normandy. The exhibition presents 50 paintings, including some of Monet's most celebrated works -- his paintings of Normandy's fields and coast, his garden and water lily pond at Giverny, and Rouen's cathedral.

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