Author Archives: Larry

Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler was named director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in October 1994. During his tenure, the Museum has become one of the region’s and the nation’s most popular and dynamic centers for the visual and performing arts. Blockbuster exhibitions, including Rodin: Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and Monet in Normandy, have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Museum from across the nation and around the world. Wheeler grew up in Lakeland Florida. He has B. A. degrees in History and French from Pfeiffer College, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Georgia.

Museum Celebrates 20 Years with Larry Wheeler

The NCMA is celebrating Larry Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director. This is an excerpt from the letter he sent to Museum staff today: Good morning. Twenty years ago today, October 1, I entered the Museum as director. As our program has grown to meet expanding public expectations, so has the scale of the NCMA. The [...]

Lines That Link the Art World

Larry describes the art world buzz around El Anatsui

Rembrandt: A Sense of the Soul

Larry reflects on the importance of Rembrandt at the Museum

Contemporary Art in North Carolina

Larry muses on the wealth of contemporary art in the area

From the Director

The hanging of the first work of art in the new building inspires anticipation, and a moment of reflection.

Let the Countdown Begin!

Director Larry Wheeler describes the Museum’s upcoming transformation.

Green is the Color of Your Art Museum

It was a thrill to announce to the media on Tuesday that the new 127,000 square foot gallery building will be very energy efficient–well beyond typical engineering standards, which gives us the “green” light to register for LEED certification (I’m hoping it will be at the gold level). In addition to exceptional energy efficiencies, the [...]

It’s Your Art

I arrived in San Diego last week for the semi-annual meeting of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) at the same moment that Brandeis University announced that it was closing its Rose Art Museum and selling the collection to help secure the university’s finances. Barely contained hysteria among the 120 directors there assembled was [...]