This award was generously supported by Pam and Jarl Mohn. _
Doug Wheeler creates site-specific environments that utilize light, space, and sound as a catalyst for altering viewers’ experiences of a space. He attended Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, and was associated with the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s. Wheeler’s perceptual concerns can be traced to his earliest white paintings, his subsequent use of neon light in his paintings, and his eventual elimination of the painting in favor of an entire room with light. In 2008, Wheeler created a stunning installation for an exhibition of Arctic figures and masks at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris.
Portrait photo credit Bridget Johnson.
Eindhoven, Environmental Light Installation, 1969; photo credit Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution