Steve Nyktas—Assistant Professor of Art, Department Chair
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.
Gautam Rao—Associate Professor of Art
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.
Peter Han-Chih Wang, Ph.D.—Art Historian
Peter Wang specializes in modern and contemporary art, history of photography, American art and visual culture. Before arriving at Butler University, he taught at Saint Mary’s College, Indiana as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History. Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University with a dissertation entitled The Profane and Profound: American Road Photography from 1930 to the Present. He received a M.A. in Art Studies from National Central University, and a B.F.A. from National Kaohsiung Normal University, both in Taiwan.
Dr. Wang’s primary research examines the enduring marriage between photography and the American road trip, including works by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore, among others. He is currently transforming his dissertation into a book manuscript and a series of journal articles while expanding this genre study on aspects of road experiences of women, minorities, and foreigners. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and the Center for the Humanities at Temple University.
Zachary Davidson—Art Faculty Teaching Fellow 2015-2016, Adjunct Instructor
Zachary Carlisle Davidson is a Texan-born artist working in various disciplines, most notably print, collage, installation, sculpture, toy, trash, GIF and "muppet". He first earned a BFA (Printmaking/Ceramics emphasis) from the University of Oklahoma with minors in both Art History and African/African-American Studies and more recently the MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University (Bloomington). Davidson has taught art, exhibited and curated exhibitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Kimberly McNeelan—Adjunct Instructor
Kimberly McNeelan, an Indianapolis based furniture maker and sculptor, celebrates nature and healthy living through art. She engages with the community through public installations and education. Kimberly received her MFA in 2016 from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work is in private collections and she has been awarded several public art commissions across the United States. Kimberly is a frequent contributing author and blogger for Woodworker’s Journal, and her work has been featured several times on the HGTV show, Good Bones. She is an instructor at The Indianapolis Art Center.
Sydney Craig—Adjunct Instructor
Artist and educator, Sydney Craig is a native Hoosier who draws inspiration from her travels. She holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Herron School of Art and Design, a B.F.A. in Printmaking and a B.A. in History of Art from Indiana University. She previously taught English as a second language in South Africa and Costa Rica. Her artwork and teaching philosophies also reflect the years she spent in Taos, New Mexico, where she guided whitewater rafting trips and was active in the printmaking community as one of the members and instructors for Pressing Forward. She exhibits nationally, as well as in Mexico.
Amy Aldridge—Administrative Assistant
At the Annex on Monday and Tuesday
Jackie Head—Community Partnership Coordinator