Remembering Beatriz da Costa (1974-2012)

We were devastated to learn that Beatriz da Costa passed away on December 27, 2012, from cancer. An intelligent and innovative artist who became a Creative Capital Emerging Fields grantee in 2009, Beatriz initially gave the entirely misleading impression of being physically slight, even fragile. But any notion of wan delicacy was quickly dispelled the moment she was engaged in conversation…about anything. She was articulate, determined, tough-minded and opinionated, in that she possessed a clearly considered opinion about whatever topic was under discussion.
Our colleague Amanda McDonald Crowley expressed our sentiments exactly when she wrote, “To the very end, Beatriz remained an incredibly strong and determined person, a generous friend, and a courageous and inspired artist.” We loved her energy, her ideas and her wicked, dry sense of humor. We only wish she was allowed more time here to do her work.

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