Monday, September 17, 2007

Bill Delavan


While I don't know much about the subject of personnel changes at the Warehouse Gallery, either as to the factual basis of communications received or any reasons for the proposed changes if they are correct, I wish to add what I can to the discussion.
From my perception of it Gallery Director, Astria Suparak, has done a terrific job of creating interesting and varied shows with work from a continental area. In my opinion her themes have been well executed given the very limited exhibition space she has to work with. She is also "out there" in the greater community at other venues' events, which adds to the visibility of SU's Warehouse Gallery.
I cannot, of course, know or appreciate what concerns or experiences you may have, and I wish you the best in your work at CMAC.

Bill Delavan

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Syracuse has lost one its greatest assets. Astria Suparak, Inaugural Director of The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University, was removed from her position as of Sept. 30th, 2007, despite widespread support from community members, students, faculty, and the international art community. This decision was made unilaterally by Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).

At the time of Suparak's dismissal, Hoone also canceled her forthcoming exhibitions, including "Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men," due to open in November 2007.