Ekrem Serdar, a graduate of the University at Buffalo's media study program and a founder and curator at the Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, Texas, has been hired as Squeaky Wheel's new media arts curator.
The new full-time position, according to a release from Squeaky Wheel, will involve organizing screenings and exhibitions as well as taking over the duties of departing part-time program coordinator Tina Dillman, now an arts writer for Buffalo Rising. His hiring also coincides with the departure of executive director Jax Deluca, who is heading to a new job in Washington with the National Endowment for the Arts.
In a statement, Serdar, who was born in Turkey, said that Squeaky Wheel's programs played an important role in his time in Buffalo as a student.
"I grew so used to Squeaky, its programs and facilities, that it was always a small shock to discover that there weren't similar institutions in other cities in the country, including Austin," he said. "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the organization on the eve of its 30th year, and I'm very excited to unveil some of the amazing events we're lining up."