Jordan College of the Arts
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Elizabeth Mix - Associate Professor of Art History


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Elizabeth K. Mix (formerly Menon) is Associate Professor of Art History, Faculty Director of the Core Curriculum and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Mix is the author of Evil by Design: The Creation and Marketing of the Femme-Fatale in 19th-century France (University of Illinois, 2006) and The Complex Mayeux: Use and Abuse of a French Icon (Peter Lang,1997) and co-author of Art Nouveau: A Research Guide for Design Reform in France, Belgium, England and the United States (Garland, 1998). Recent publications include "Art and New Media," (Choice, 2010),  "Japonisme and Cultural Appropriation" (Mississippi Museum of Art, 2011) and "Postmodernism in Art" (Lincoln Library of Essential Information, 2012). Her bibliographic essays on the pseudonymous graffiti artist Banksy and Ethiopian American artist Julie Mehretu, and a thematic essay on "Television and Art," appeared in Grove Art Online in 2011. Professor Mix gives papers regularly at national and international venues, including Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art and The Sublime in Seventeenth-Century Art in the Netherlands (both in The Netherlands in 2014). She is member of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd coupDefouet International Congress on Art Nouveau, and will deliver a keynote address at the congress in Barcelona in 2015.



Gautam Rao - Associate Professor of Art


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Gautam Rao is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Butler University. He earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and his BFA from Boston University in 1999. He has served on the Board of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and was a Founding Board Member of Herron High School in Indianapolis. His artwork is widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Distinctions include a Susan Coslett Cromwell Traveling Fellowship, and awards from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.


Steve Nyktas

Steve Nyktas- Assistant Professor of Art


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Steve Nyktas, Assistant Professor of Art, is an artist whose work begins conceptually and culminates in a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, installation and video. Preoccupied with opportunities to better understand the everyday world, his art shows places that were never meant to be seen and encourages viewers to see things in new ways. Nyktas earned his MFA from Northwestern University in 2007, an MA from Purdue University in 2004, and his BFA from Albion College in 2002. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces including Dorsky Gallery (New York, NY), Gallery Four (Baltimore, MD), Rowland Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL), FLAT (Chicago, IL) and The 22nd International Festival Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). Distinctions include the Phillip C. Curtis Visiting Artist Award and the Morton Mickenberg / Martin Sosin Graduate Student Fellowship. He is also a proud member of the Danny Think Tank artist collective in Chicago.



Kristy Hughes- Future Faculty Teaching Fellow

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Kristy Hughes, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, is an artist whose work is about the experience of making- a record of studio poetics. Through printmaking and drawing, she discovers the inherit potential found in limited materials. Her finished work creates a moment for aesthetic perception and encourages the viewers to find a quiet beauty in searching. Hughes received her MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 2014, an MA from Eastern Illinois University in 2010 and BA from Eastern Illinois University in 2009. She shows her work nationally and internationally and can be found in various public and private collections including El Minia University (El Minia, Egypt), Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, Indiana), and Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). She is a member of Southern Graphics Council International and Mid American Print Council.



Andrew Driscoll- Adjunct Faculty

Andrew R. Driscoll, art adjunct faculty, received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other occupations, he has taught art and art history at the collegiate level for over twelve years. Andrew is a practicing painter and draftsman having an invested kinship with the 18th and 19th century Romantic Movement's creative processes as reflected through nature. His paintings, prints, and drawings exist in national and international collections.