The Creative Growth Community was saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and Board Member Leigh Markopoulos. Leigh was a noted teacher, writer, curator and Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts. She was held in high regard by her colleagues and was recognized for her work in the Bay Area and internationally.
Leigh was a long time Creative Growth supporter and partner. She was a member of the Board of Directors, and previously served as Board President. In 2010, she curated our exhibition Love is a Stranger, which investigated artistic notions of longing and love. Yet Leigh’s primary engagement with the organization came from her deep respect, appreciation and enjoyment of our artists and their studio practice.
Leigh brought this same exuberance and excitement into her interactions with her students. They were a great source of inspiration for her, and she always made a point to bring them to Creative Growth so that they could experience for themselves her love of our artists’ work.
Her list of achievements is long and accomplished. Among them author, curator, editor, and teacher. She will be missed by so many who were fortunate to cross paths with her, and to benefit from her intellect, her warmth, and her genuine support of emerging artists and students.
The Creative Growth Board, staff, and artists send our sincere and heart-felt sympathies to her parents and to her family.
Leigh’s family has requested that gifts in her memory be made to Creative Growth to support our studio art program for people with disabilities.
Online donations may be made here. Please let us know the donation is being made in memory of Leigh Markolopous in the special instructions field.
To make a gift by mail, please make checks payable to Creative Growth and mail to:
355 – 24th Street
Oakland, CA 94612, USA
By telephone, please call Laura Marshall at 510-836-2340 x17
By email, or for questions please email [email protected]
Creative Growth is a 501 c3 non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 23-7319028.