Dear Dean of the College of Fine Art,
I recently heard about the College of Fine Art's decision to eliminate Astria Suparak's position at the Miller Gallery, and I cannot emphasize how disappointed and confused I am by this decision. What a loss to CMU and to Pittsburgh! My husband and I moved to Pittsburgh three and a half years ago and ever since we have been blown away by the challenging and exciting programming that Suparak has put together. When our friends ask us about why we love Pittsburgh, one of the first reasons we give is Suparak's exciting work at CMU's Miller Gallery. In the last three years, I have attended not only all of the exhibitions at the Miller Gallery but numerous lectures, film viewings and workshops because the content was engaging, challenging and connected to the problematic world I find myself living in. Every year I look forward to the exhibitions and programming at the Miller Gallery. It has been such an important part of our lives that no internal showcasing of CMU's faculty will exchange the kind of challenging and diverse questioning that Suparak's work has brought to Pittsburgh. I am sorry to say but the decision to exchange such an outstanding curatorial work for a faculty run exhibition space that showcases CMU faculty's work is small-minded and far from the forward thinking that CMU is known for. This decision is dispiriting, to say the least.
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