Lawrence J. Wheeler

Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)

North Carolina Museum of Art


Lawrence J. Wheeler became 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 and its program of major exhibitions has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Museum from across the nation and around the world. Dr. Wheeler has worked passionately to develop the Museum’s collection; including securing a gift of 29 Rodin sculptures from the Cantor Foundation, making the NCMA the largest repository of Rodin’s work in the American South. The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park opened in 2016 and encompasses 164 acres of rolling fields, woodlands, meandering creeks, and numerous outdoor sculptures. It is one of the largest art parks in the nation.