Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tara Hogan

Dear members of the Syracuse community,

In regards to Astria's unjustified dismissal, I ask
you all to take a moment to consider how this is
positive. With so much feedback about Astria's stellar
performance, grace, and intelligence, how can you let
such a talented woman go? How would any of you feel if
you were let go without reason?

Syracuse is a progressive place but it is also
struggling due to talented people like Astria leaving
to find a more open minded place to express

I expected more from all of you due to your time spent
in NYC.

How can you all play a role in the arts and let her go
without reason? Do you not have Master's Degrees? Did
you not have ideas to defend at one point? You are all
working on a well respected college campus where ideas
need defense and yet you prove none for Astria's
dismissal. It does not leave an inspiring impression
on the city or SU students.

I am an SU Alum, VPA, 99, and I have lived in this
artistically depressed city for 6 years. FOR THE FIRST
TIME EVER, with Astria's ideas and awareness I have
felt a pulse in the art community, especially on a
high end exhibition level.

I worked with Astria on the TH3 brochure as the lead
designer and was very impressed. She also helped put
forth the idea to produce the design as green as

She cares about this city and wants to raise

I will send this article to the papers and proceed to
raise awareness to the fact that Syracuse loses way to
many talented people due to ignorance, negativity, and
greed. Negative energy produces more negative energy.
If you want a positive effect, have a positive

Tara Hogan

Design / Illustration

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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.