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Squeaky Wheel appoints Maiko Tanaka as new director

Toronto native Maiko Tanaka has been appointed director of Squeaky Wheel, the downtown media arts organization announced Tuesday.

Tanaka, a media arts curator and writer with experience at several arts non-profits in Canada and The Netherlands, began her tenure at the center headquartered on the first floor of the Market Arcade Building in early September. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design and her master's in fine art from the University of Toronto.

She is "particularly enthusiastic about the potential of games, virtual reality (VR), and apps as new vehicles for artistic practice," according to a release from Squeaky Wheel.

"I’m so thrilled to be part of this vibrant, growing, and historically significant media arts community," Tanaka said in a statement. "I look forward to the opportunity to further enrich and expand media arts with Buffalo based artists, organizations, and beyond."

The appointment of Tanaka ends a six-month search following the departure of former director Jax Deluca for a new position with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington.


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