Soo Visual Arts Center founder dies

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August 17, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Dylan Thomas //

THE WEDGE — Soo Visual Arts Center announced today that founder and artistic director Suzy Greenberg died unexpectedly Thursday. She was 44, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.

Greenberg opened the Lyndale Avenue gallery in June, 2001, and developed it into a prime destination to see the work of emerging local artists.

Greenberg earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and later served as a mentor to other MFA candidates at the school. SooVAC hosted an annual exhibition of MFA candidates’ work.

Another highlight on the SooVAC calendar was the annual juried exhibition, “Untitled,” a show that in recent years coincided with SooFUZE, Greenberg’s effort to highlight the work of talented local teens.

SooVAC weathered a serious budget shortfall in 2009, and in 2010 Greenberg decided to step back from day-to-day operations at the gallery and refocus on her own artistic practice. Carolyn Payne took over as executive director and the non-profit gallery’s board of directors was expanded.

The gallery did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read the gallery’s announcement here.

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