Graham W. J. Beal
Graham Beal, a native of Great Britain, was born in Stratford-on-Avon
and grew up near Hastings on the south coast of England. He has
degrees in English and art history from the University of Manchester
and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
After commencing his museum career at Sheffield City Art Galleries,
he moved to the United States in 1973, working for one year at the
University of South Dakota before moving on to Washington University
in St. Louis as Art Gallery Director.
In 1977, Beal became Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,
an institution renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to contemporary
art. He subsequently became Chief Curator and worked there until
1983, when he returned to England to be the Director of the Sainsbury
Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia until 1984.
He returned to the U.S. to take the position of Chief Curator at
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which he left in 1989 to
become Director of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. In
July 1996, he became the Director of the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art. In 1999 Beal joined the Detroit Institute of Arts, where
he is the director, president, and CEO.
Beal has organized more than 40 exhibitions, many of which have
toured nationally. His publications include books on the American
paintings collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, on contemporary
British sculpture, and the artist Jim Dine, as well as articles
in the monthly art journal Apollo
. 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 2002-2004. He was elected to the Board of
Trustees of the American Association of Museums on 2004.
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