Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham W. J. Beal to retire

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently announced that Director Graham W. J. Beal will retire as of June 30, 2015, after serving as director, president and CEO for nearly 16 years. Since joining the DIA, Beal has presided over some of the most significant accomplishments in the museum's history, including a tremendously successful reinvention of presenting art to the public; passage of a tri-county regional millage to support museum operations; and the DIA participation in the historic and unprecedented grand bargain initiative, which secured for future generations' the DIA's widely acclaimed art collection while also successfully facilitating resolution of the Detroit bankruptcy.

Beal has overseen two major capital campaigns, has built on the museum's outstanding reputation with regard to art acquisitions and exhibitions, has greatly increased attendance and expanded the DIA's community outreach and awareness through programming and innovative art installations.  Under Beal's leadership, the DIA has co-organized outstanding exhibitions such as Van Gogh: Face to Face in 2000, Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence in 2003 and organized the highly anticipated Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, which opens March 15, 2015.

"It has certainly been quite a ride with some amazing highs far outweighing the other kind, and I want to thank all those whose talents and passion for the DIA helped bring success in so many different areas: among them artistic, scholarly, pedagogical, political and legal," said Beal. "I have been particularly fortunate to work with such an outstanding Chairman of the Board, Gene Gargaro. While it is difficult to close this most significant chapter in my professional life, I am delighted that it will end with an exhibition of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's time in Detroit. It has been 10 years since I conceived of the idea for this exhibition and I draw no small pleasure that it will mark my exit as director."

Major Exhibitions

Van Gogh: Face to Face, 2000
Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, 2001
Over the Line: The Life and Art of Jacob Lawrence, 2002
Degas and the Dance, 2002
Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence, 2003
American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers, 2003
Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, 2006
Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present, 2010
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, 2011
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, opens March 15

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Please also read the article in the Detroit Free Press.