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Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

nic ruley, president
Nic King Ruley is an performance artist, educator and coach living and working as a freelance scholar in Chicago. His body of work encompasses the politicization and performativity of contemporary identity, with his current research focusing on the overlapping strategies involved in steering the performance of athletes and actors. Nic received a BA in Dance/Theater from Antioch College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media Theory from Columbia College Chicago. He is a USAT certified triathlon coach and a USMS certified masters swim instructor.
When he grows up, he wants to be a fireman.


james pike, SECRETARY
James Pike is the Grant Program Manager at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces exhibitions, events, and publications. Prior to joining the Graham, Pike worked in architecture, managed an art gallery, and worked in research at a museum of natural history. He has served on the boards of nonprofits working in dance, healthcare, and the arts.


Victoria Bradford, ED
Victoria Bradford is the executive and artistic director of a house unbuilt as well as project designer for amy cassell atelier, an interior design firm in Chicago. In addition to her work spearheading an innovative performance company, she has  spent the last ten years as a scholar in the liberal arts, an arts administrator in both government and private domains, as well as a community activist in her home state of louisiana. her primary focus across all these endeavors is in utilizing creativity and the arts to engage a deeper quality of life.