Beatrice Susa

Beatrice Susa (1981–2017)

Beatrice Susa, a thirty-six-year-old entrepreneur and supporter of contemporary art, died on May 10 after a long illness, Exibart reports.

A communications and graphics graduate from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Susa became known, in 2005, for cofounding the Arte Laguna Prize with Laura Gallon. The international competition for contemporary art awards more than $7,500 to emerging artists working in the fields of painting, photography, sculpture, video art, performance, virtual art, land art, and beginning this year, digital graphics.

Along with her Arte Laguna Prize team, Gallon, Elena Bellio, Sara Tortato, and Alessandra Lazzarin, Susa worked with ninety-nine international partners and seventy-five jurors from sixteen countries to select the honorees. Since it was established, the prize has reviewed submissions by 42,000 artists from 120 countries.