Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gail Hoffman

Domenic Iacono
SUArt Galleries

Dear Domenic,

After listening to the issues regarding Astria Suparak's firing as Curator of the Warehouse Gallery, and having been given no evidence from the university for her dismissal despite the outstanding job she has done for the arts community, I must withdraw my submission of work in this year's Faculty Show. Since the SUArt Galleries is part of CMAC and under the leadership of Jeffrey Hoone who has fired Astria, I cannot be a part of this show.

I have shown in the Faculty Show for eleven years, have always had great respect for the work of my colleagues at the Lowe Art Gallery and you all at the SUArt Galleries, so it with great regret and disappointment that I write to you.


Gail Hoffman
Assistant Professor
Departments of Foundation and
College of Visual and Performing Arts

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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.