Jordan College of the Arts


Lisa Brooks, DMA, Dean

Wendy Meaden, MFA, Associate Dean


  • Kathleen Boyd, DMA
  • Timothy R. Brimmer, DA
  • Lisa Brooks, DMA
  • Marek Cholewa
  • Richard Clark, MM
  • Michael Colburn, MM
  • Penny Dimmick, DA
  • William Fisher, MFA equivalent
  • Jeffrey Gillespie, PhD
  • Susan McGuire
  • Wendy Meaden, MFA
  • David Murray, MM
  • Matthew Pivec, DMA
  • Cynthia Pratt, MFA
  • Derek Reid, MA
  • Michael Schelle, PhD
  • Laurence Shapiro, MM
  • Doug Spaniol, DMA
  • Eric Stark, DMA
  • Diane Timmerman, MFA

Associate Professors

  • Elaina Artemiev, PhD
  • Larry Attaway, BM
  • Frank Felice, PhD
  • William Grubb, DMA
  • Nicholas Johnson, PhD
  • Brenda Johnston, MAM
  • Melvin Jones, PhD
  • Mary Katherine Kelton, DMA
  • Robert Koharchik, MFA
  • Gail Lewis, DMA
  • Courtney Elkin Mohler, PhD
  • Steve Nyktas, MFA
  • John Perkins, DMA
  • Gautam Rao, MFA

Assistant Professors

  • Ramón Flowers, MFA
  • David Ingram, MFA
  • Becky Marsh, PhD
  • Rosanna Ruffo
  • Brian Weidner, PhD
  • Oliver Worthington, DMA
  • Dana Zenobi, DMA

Senior Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence

  • Jon Crabiel, MA


  • Christopher Sierra, DMA
  • Matthew Smith, DMA
  • Peter Han-Chih Wang, PhD


  • Andrew Farina, PhD


4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: 317-940-9231


The Jordan College of the Arts has a distinguished tradition extending from the year 1895, when the Metropolitan School of Music was founded. That school merged in 1928 with the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts to become the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. In 1951, after 23 years of close affiliation, the conservatory became a part of Butler University as the Jordan College of Music. The name was changed to Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978, and in 2012 the name was again changed to Jordan College of the Arts (JCA).

Through our community outreach program, the Butler Community Arts School, over 100 Butler students teach music and other arts to almost 2,000 young people in Indianapolis, most of whom are on scholarship. All Jordan College of the Arts students—future artist-citizens—are involved in the arts both on campus and off, attending concerts and exhibitions throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana, performing for diverse audiences at Butler and on tour, and working in arts organizations throughout the country.

The Jordan College of the Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of musical arts, bachelor of science, master of arts, and master of music. The five academic departments—art, arts administration, dance, music, and theatre—focus on specific areas of study within their fields, be it the intersection of art and design in the Department of Art, classical ballet in the Department of Dance, or not-for-profit arts management in the Arts Administration Department.

Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


The Jordan College of the Arts provides focused professional study and collaborative, creative experiences within the context of a strong liberal arts university. We value an inclusive and welcoming environment with a diverse range of artists, traditions, ideas, and audiences. We emphasize the development of students as artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society.



We are committed to providing an atmosphere of creative learning that embraces discipline, pushes beyond comfort levels, and values the axiom of “freedom to fail.” We believe in risk-taking and attempting the unknown.


We recognize the value that is created for students, faculty, staff, and the broader arts community when we work together across disciplines.


We are dedicated to our students, our individual professional artistic fields, and to the vitality of the arts. We have high standards and strive for excellence in all we do.


We are committed to recruiting and developing talented students, faculty, and staff from all populations. We embrace diversity of thought and perspective.


We encourage and empower our students to forge new creative paths in the arts. As faculty, we model the way as we stretch the boundaries of our artistic fields and explore new avenues of creative expression.


We prepare our students for successful careers in their disciplines by adhering to professional-level standards that mirror real-world expectations. We deliver the appropriate training; we demand professional behavior from our students.