Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program



Elizabeth Mix - Associate Professor of Art History & Director, Visual Arts


ph: (317) 940-6457

Elizabeth K. Mix (formerly Menon), Associate Professor of Art History, 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. Dr. Mix gives papers regularly at national and international professional meetings and has been a reviewer for Choice since 1997. In her spare (very spare) time, she likes to watch television with her husband Kelly and her cat Briscoe (named after the Jerry Orbach character on Law and Order, who died the day before the cat formerly known as "Garfield" was adopted from the Humane Society).



Gautam Rao - Associate Professor of Art


ph: (317) 940-5985

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


ph: (317) 940-3054

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.