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NyktasSteve Nyktas—Assistant Professor of Art

(317) 940-3054
Office: JCX111A

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: JCX113

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, 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.




Amy Aldridge—Administrative Assistant

Jackie Head—Community Partnership Coordinator