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Graham W. J. Beal
Director, President and CEO
Graham W.J. Beal has been the director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts since 1999. Since joining the DIA's leadership, Beal has overseen two major capital campaigns, guided the reinstallation of the museum's world-renowned collection, and overseen the museum's renovation and expansion, which will display and interpret the collection in exciting new ways.
Beal has continued to build on the museum's outstanding reputation and has strengthened relationships with some of the world's most well-regarded institutions through loans and programming supported by the museum's unparalleled collection. Under Beal's leadership the DIA has co-organized outstanding exhibitions such as Van Gogh: Face to Face in 2000 and Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence in 2003. Also in 2003, Beal curated the popular exhibition On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection. Among the other exhibitions presented during Beal's tenure are Degas and the Dance, 2002; American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers, 2003, and Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter, 2006.
Prior to his tenure at the DIA, Beal served as director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1996 to 1999. He held the position of director of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1989 to 1996 and served as chief curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1984 to 1989. Beal has published many exhibition catalogs, books, and articles including an exhibition catalogue on the DIA's American paintings. He has served on numerous art panels, was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions from 1991 to 1995, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Chair of its Art Issues Committee from 2002 to 2005. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Museums from 2004 to 2007.
Beal is a native of Great Britain, born in Stratford-on-Avon. He has degrees in English and Art History from the University of Manchester and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Executive Vice president, Chief Operating Officer
Annmarie Erickson has been employed at the museum for 12 years, serving previously as Executive Vice President, Planning and Administration. Ms. Erickson’s new position incorporates her former responsibilities, including implementation of the DIA’s strategic plan designed to help close a structural operating deficit and bring the museum to financial stability and direct supervision of several new museum departments. As COO, she directly supervises Building Operations (Security, Environmental Services, Events and Food Services, Visitor Services, Volunteer Services), Development, Communications and Marketing (Website and Social Media), Community Outreach, Public Programs and Organization Development and Human Resources. Ms. Erickson also handles Board of Directors relations and is the staff liaison to the Governance and Nominating Committee, which is responsible for cultivating and engaging prospective board members. Working with the museum’s director and the CFO, Ms. Erickson is engaged in the development and oversight of the museum’s annual operating budget and restricted funds.
Prior to joining the DIA, Ms. Erickson worked at the Cranbrook Educational Community for eight years, serving first as executive director of Public Relations and Marketing and later as Communications Counsel to Cranbrook’s president. While she has concentrated her career in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Erickson spent several years in the for-profit sector as a vice president at Casey Communications Management, a full-service public relations firm. Early in her career, she was employed as a newscaster and news director at a major Detroit radio station.
Ms. Erickson also serves as vice-chair on the board of Pewabic Pottery, and is among the inaugural class of mentors in the Women of Tomorrow mentorship program. She mentors young women at Cody High School in Detroit.
Ms. Erickson resides in Detroit with her husband, Paul, their son, Luke and “rescue” dog Austin.
Kenneth J. Myers
Chief curator, Curator of American Art
Since joining the DIA in 2005, Kenneth Myers has served as curator of American art and head of the American Art department. He came to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) from the Smithsonian Institution, where he was curator of American art at the Freer Gallery of Art. At the Freer, he organized numerous exhibitions focusing on the work of James McNeill Whistler, co-curated the exhibition Mr. Whistler's Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London, and wrote the related book, Mr. Whistler's Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition (2003).
From 1985 to 1995, Myers taught at Middlebury College, during which time he wrote the catalog for and organized the path-breaking exhibition The Catskills: Painters, Writers, and Tourists in the Mountains, 1820-1895 (1988). After leaving Middlebury, Myers served as assistant director for Research and Publications at the New Jersey Historical Society before joining the Freer Gallery of Art in 1999.
Myers received his bachelor of arts from Cornell University, and his doctorate from Yale University. A cultural historian specializing in American landscape painting and the history of arts patronage, Myers is the author of numerous articles, including: "Frederic Church's Memorials to Thomas Cole" (2008); “Thomas Cole and the Popularization of Landscape Experience in the United States: 1825-1829” (2007); “Art and Commerce in Jacksonian America: The Steamboat Albany Collection (2000); and "On the Cultural Construction of Landscape Experience: Contact to 1830" (1993). Among many awards, Myers has received major fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the J. Paul Getty Trust, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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