Last Thursday, August 16, Suzy Greenberg, founder of two beloved Twin Cities galleries, Soo Visual Arts Center and Rosalux Gallery, died unexpectedly. A mainstay in the Minnesota visual arts community, she was, for years, an unstinting advocate for emerging artists and a savvy curator with a loyal following, known for having a sharp eye for as-yet-unknown but promising talent. She’s proved to be a nimble entrepreneur, too, shepherding her well-regarded storefront gallery in Minneapolis through several years of difficult economic conditions with aplomb and ingenuity.
Losing her has left the Twin Cities’ tight-knit art scene grief-stricken. There’ve been a number of moving remembrances published in local media in the last week (you can find the links below). Now, we’d like to invite you — Greenberg’s colleagues and friends, artists and fellow gallerists and curators — to share your favorite anecdotes and memories, below in the comments section.
According to SooVAC’s Executive Director, Carolyn Payne, a gathering in her honor is planned for Monday, September 10. For the event, SooVAC will show an exhibition of Greenberg’s work, curated by Lars Mason; people are also invited to come by the CC Club to share stories and memories in celebration of a life beautifully and generously lived, if far too short.
Payne says there’s no formal program planned, “This is just a time to come and pay tribute to her life and art, and to have a drink together in her memory at her longtime neighboring watering hole.”
Some related links:
- “We are grieving the loss of a dear friend and mentor, Suzy Greenberg,” Soo Visual Arts Center website
- “Storefront Vision: A tribute to Suzy Greenberg and SooVAC,” Andy Sturdevant for MinnPost.com
- “Suzy Greenberg, founder of SooVAC, dies,” Marianne Combs for Minnesota Public Radio
- “Obituary: Gallery owner Suzy Greenberg was visual artists’ advocate,” Mary Abbe for Minneapolis Star-Tribune
- “Minneapolis gallery founder dies at 44,” Mary Abbe for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s “Artcetera” blog
- “Rosalux mourns the loss of friend and alumnus, Suzy Greenberg,” Rosalux Gallery website
- “Soo Visual Arts Center founder dies,” Dylan Thomas for Southwest Journal
A tribute to Suzy Greenberg’s life and art is planned for Monday, September 10, from 4 pm – 10 pm, at Soo Visual Arts Center (2638 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis) and at the CC Club (just down the street at 2600 Lyndale Avenue South).
For updated information as the date draws nearer, check in with the gallery website: http://www.soovac.org/
Please share your favorite anecdotes and memories, your best Suzy-stories, in the comments below.