Monday, September 17, 2007

Holly Greenberg

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the firing of Astria Suparak. Since joining our community, Ms. Suparak has done what no one else seems to have been able to do and that is bring a high quality contemporary arts programming to Central New York. Finally the students, faculty and members of the community have had the chance to see first hand what is
happening in the world of contemporary art.

When I moved here from Chicago in 2000 I was shocked by the lack of contemporary visual arts venues and have had to significantly alter my teaching and creative research methods. Now, after 7 years, I finally feel that there is a place where I can go and bring my students and feel that we are part of the larger art movement. Teaching students by using slide lectures, texts and the internet is not the same as being able to physically walk into a gallery and experience these works of art.

Astria Suparak is an extraordinary curator with passion, insight, experience, energy and a vast network of creative contacts. Syracuse is incredibly fortunate to have her and she undoubtedly is destined for greatness. Let's make sure that it occurs here as opposed to somewhere else. I trust the administration will take action and preserve our assets.


Holly Greenberg
Associate Professor of Printmaking
Department of Art
Syracuse University

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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.