Art in Action, a Menlo Park nonprofit that brings art education to local schools, has tapped Dennis Hwang to receive the organization's first Visionary Award.
Mr. Hwang helped create Doodle4Google, an annual art competition for students nationwide that showcases the winner's work on Google's homepage, the release said.
"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," Mr. Hwang said. "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."
He 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 Google Doodles "have become a frequent and celebrated occurrence on Google's home page," according to the Art in Action announcement.