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The professional museum world honored Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beal with two prestigious awards for his efforts to save the museum during Detroit's bankruptcy.

The American Alliance of Museums gave Beal and his board its Chair's Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the field.

The Association of Art Museum Directors, in Detroit for its convention early this month, conferred its President's Award on Beal for his service to the art-museum field and leadership in preserving the DIA's collection for future generations.

The AAMD award saluted Beal, museum staff and his board for working "tirelessly to ensure the long-term sustainability of the DIA, a remarkable community asset. They are truly," said AAMD board chairwoman Kaywin Feldman, "an inspiration to the entire museum community."

Beal will retire from the museum June 30.

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