Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Peter Forbes

Subject: Astria Suparak being fired!

I can't believe that Astria Suparak is being fired from her position as director of Syracuse University's Warehouse Gallery! Why? It's outrageous! She has brought wonderfully gifted artists to her venue! For example, Juliet Jacobson, one of the artists currently exhibiting at the Warehouse Gallery. Her large, beautifully executed graphite drawings are creatively engaging and extremely well composed! Astria Suparak must be able to continue her tenure at the Warehouse Gallery or the Syracuse art scene will experience a very major unwarranted loss!

Peter Forbes
Syracuse, New York

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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.