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Art+Design Faculty

JarvisMichelle Jarvis—Director, Art + Design Program


Professor Jarvis, received her B.A. and M.A. from Butler University. She joined the Jordan College of the Arts dance faculty in 1986 after teaching at Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois) and the Jordan College Academy of Dance. Ms. Jarvis is a former company member of Dance Kaleidoscope and later became their company teacher for the 1985 season; she has also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. In addition to her duties at Butler University, Ms. Jarvis has been guest teacher at the Hartford School of Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Springfield Ballet, Young Audiences of Indiana, Summer Arts Institute, True Academy of Dance Lincoln, NE and Ballet Arkansas.

In 1999, Ms. Jarvis was named resident choreographer for Indianapolis Opera where her choreographic work began in 1987. Choreography includes Rigoletto,Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata and Carmen. Currently completing her 20th opera choreography, most recent credits include The Flying Dutchman, The Rake's Progress, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Eugene Onegin and Samson and Delilah. As a former artistic director for Butler Ballet II, Ms. Jarvis received the Monticello Award in 1984 for choreographic work presented at the Midstates Regional Ballet Festival. Other choreographic experiences include Gifts of the Magi for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ragtime and Hoop-La for Springfield Ballet, 1940's Radio Hour for Civic Theatre of Indianapolis and Nocturne for Dance Kaleidoscope. In 1990, Ms. Jarvis reconstructed the original dances from the National Touring Company of the original production of Oklahoma! for the Jordan College of Fine Arts presentation of the musical. Among her extensive choreographic credits for Butler Ballet are Graduation Ball, Nothin' But Gershwin, Slavic Suite, Maiden and the Nightingale, On Tap, and Pas de Grieg. Classical repertoire includes substantial portions of choreography for The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Petrouchka.

Ms. Jarvis served as the Jordan College of the Arts interim dean for the academic year of 2010-11 and previously was the chair of the department of dance and artistic director of Butler Ballet from 2003-2010.   Furthermore, she served as a national officer and participates as an accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Dance.  Teaching areas of expertise include Ballet Technique, Teaching Analysis of the Classical Techniques, Spanish Character Dance, Pointe and Dance Teaching Practicum along with choreography for the Butler Ballet.


Elizabeth MixElizabeth Mix—Associate Professor of Art History

Office: JCX113

Elizabeth K. Mix (formerly Menon), Associate Professor of Art History, is the author ofEvil 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 aFrench 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).


NyktasSteve Nyktas—Assistant Professor of Art

(317) 940-3054
Office: JCX111B

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.


RaoGautam Rao—Associate Professor of Art

(317) 940-5985
Office: JCX111A

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.


DavidsonZachary Davidson—Art Faculty Teaching Fellow 2015-2016


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.


KameenJoseph Kameen—Art Faculty Teaching Fellow 2015-2016


Joseph Kameen, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, is an artist whose work rephrases and celebrates philosophical inquiry via allegories and metaphors seen through an aesthetic of science fiction, fantasy, video games and the internet. In sculpture, drawing and painting, his work personifies existential questions without solutions. Kameen received his MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2015, and his BFA in Sculpture from Boston University in 2013. He has recently been featured at the Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski galleries in New York, the Blue Line Gallery in Bloomington Indiana, and in the University of Memphis' Pinch Literary Journal.