2019 Board of Directors Venues, Festivals, & Producers Representatives:
Dr. Filiz Cicek is an artist, scholar and journalist who is currently serving as a Fulbright specialist for the Arts.
Dr. Cicek received her MFA and PhD from IU, Bloomington and has been teaching gender, art and cinema courses at various IU campuses as well as at Bosphorus University summer school in Istanbul. As a curator she organized BloomingtonKatmandu, Museum of Broken Relationships and Women Exposed International Art Exhibits. As an artist, she has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in New York, Chicago, California, The Kinsey Institute, IU School of Fine Arts Gallery and various venues in Bloomington.
Since 2009, Dr. Cicek has been contributing to The Ryder Magazine as a co-editor, writer, artist, graphic designer, and as an event coordinator. She has also written for local national and international journals and newspapers on art, gender and cinema. She is the regional coordinator for The Feminist Art Project based at Rutgers University, New York.
MALLORY ELVER - After working in development for over three years at the WonderLab Museum, Mallory Elver has returned to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to pursue her master’s degree in arts administration.
As part of her program, she is the new graduate assistant at the Bloomington Playwrights Project as well as the media specialist graduate assistant in the SPEA Master’s Programs Office.
From a young age, Mallory learned a tremendous amount from her experiences with the performing arts—playing musical instruments, performing in plays, attending arts events, and working in a variety of summer internships. She understands firsthand the power that performing arts exposure has for young people—specifically their self-confidence and their individuality. In fact, Mallory’s senior honors thesis focused on this very subject! If elected, Mallory would energize the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington Board of Directors and seek ways to connect Bloomington arts organizations with other nonprofit organizations as well as with local businesses. We live in a fantastic city; our arts and culture scenes truly make Bloomington thrive!