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Thinking big - Alumni Profiles
September 2012 Issue
Larry Wheeler is embarrassed to admit it, but he never set foot inside the Georgia Museum of Art during his years studying European history at UGA. His plans then were to become a university professor, and his primary interest in art was in what it had to say about a culture or a time period he was studying. Yet today, Wheeler (PhD ’72) is the director of the N.C. Museum of Art, one of the first in the country to receive state funding—a $1 million appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly in 1947. The museum, which sits on a 164-acre park of public trails, public art and a performance amphitheater, has blossomed since Wheeler took charge in 1994. It has hosted blockbuster exhibitions on artists such as Rodin, Monet and Rembrandt, while building significant collections of European, American and contemporary art. In 2006, the museum nearly doubled its exhibition space with a 127,000-square-foot expansion that is surrounded by sculpture gardens and …
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