Suzanne Fiol (1960–2009)

Suzanne Fiol, a prominent figure in the visual and performing-arts world and founder of the New York arts space Issue Project Room, passed away Monday morning after a long struggle with cancer.

A New York native and a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pratt Institute, Fiol worked as a director at several galleries before launching Issue Management—a photo agency that represents art photographers such as Jack Pierson, Mitch Epstein, Richard Kern, Renee Cox, and Marilyn Minter—with Jan-Willem Dikkers and Martynka Wawrzyniak.

In February 2003, Fiol founded the art and performance space Issue Project Room in a former garage on Sixth Street in the East Village. The institution outgrew its space and moved to Brooklyn two years later; in 2007, the institution moved to another area of Brooklyn—the Old American Can Factory in Carroll Gardens—before winning a bid for a permanent home at 110 Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Fiol also worked as a photographer, and her photos can be found in many private collections and in the permanent collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

A piece by Alex Waterman memorializing Fiol can be found at BOMBLog.