Art in Action Honors Google’s Founding Doodler Dennis Hwang

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Dennis Hwang to Receive Art Visionary Award for His Role in Creating a Culture of Visual Expression

Art in Action is pleased to announce today that Dennis Hwang will be the first recipient of its Art Visionary Award given in recognition of his work as the founding doodler at Google. In addition to designing hundreds of Doodles himself and building the first Doodle team, Hwang helped start Doodle4Google, an annual art competition which involves thousands of students nationwide and showcases the winner’s creativity on the Google homepage.

Created to honor an individual who has worked to inspire a culture of art in our society, the Art in Action Art Visionary Award will be presented to Hwang at Art in Action’s annual benefit event, OBJECT:ART, on March 27, 2015.

“Exposure to the arts develops an invaluable and intrinsic link to creative thinking and innovation and I am honored to receive this award from Art in Action,” said Hwang. “For me, creativity and science have always gone hand in hand. My unique career trajectory at Google developed as a result of having studied both art and computer science.”

Hwang was an intern at Google when he was asked to create a doodle for Bastille Day in France. Soon after, he was appointed the chief doodler and since then the Google Doodles have become a frequent and celebrated occurrence on Google’s home page. What started in 1998 as a handful of drawings based on the Google logo has now grown into a gallery of more than 2,000 elaborate and detailed illustrations.

Hwang is now Art Director for Niantic Labs@Google where he leads the development of visual and interactive experiences of location-based mobile apps such as Field Trip and Ingress.

OBJECT:ART will take place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and will raise funds to support Art in Action’s work bringing visual arts education to schools. The event will feature a silent auction of original artwork and exclusive art-themed experiences. Proceeds from the event support curriculum development, teacher and volunteer training and art materials for schools that have limited access to art due to financial hardship. For more information and tickets to the event, visit