Art Visionary Award Honoree
Google's Founding Doodler
Dennis Hwang “may be the most famous unknown artist in the world.” While studying Studio Art and Computer Science at Stanford University, he began an internship at Google as Assistant Webmaster. He was soon invited to design the Google Doodles by founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. From 2000 to 2009, he designed hundreds of doodles commemorating the Olympic Games, artists’ birthdays, the achievements of Nobel Laureates, and special occasions around the world. Hwang also helped start Doodle4Google, an international art competition offering students the chance to show their artwork on the Google homepage and earn scholarships.
Hwang is currently Art Director for Niantic Labs, where he leads the development of the visual and interactive experiences of location-based mobile apps such as Field Trip, which provides users with historic and cultural details of their immediate surroundings, and Ingress, an immersive multiplayer experience that is helping to define a new genre of games, one in which players are inspired to interact in the real world.
The Art in Action Art Visionary Award is given annually to a person or organization that exemplifies, supports, and promotes the important role that art andartists play in society and our everyday lives.