Wayne Adams, Board Chair
Brooklyn, New York
Artist | Writer
Wayne Adams is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his B.F.A. from Calvin College and M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Adams has exhibited throughout the Midwest, New York, and Vienna, Austria. Recent shows include, “An Aberrant View” Anne Street Gallery, Newburgh, New York (2014), “Wayne Adams is Speaking in Tongues: a show of objects and images organized by the unrelenting voice of interpretation” Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (2014), “Works Off Canvas” Denny Gallery, New York, New York (2013), and “Adams | Miracle” STOREFRONT Gallery, New York (2010). Adams currently serves as president of the board of Christians in the Visual Arts.
Joyce Lee, Secretary
New York, New York
Joyce Lee is a visual artist who creates immersive media installations inspired by contemporary concepts of enlightenment. She became interested in the art and faith discourse as the first studio intern to painter, Makoto Fujimura, and the first employee of International Arts Movement. She exhibits widely and recent works include “FIREWALL,” (2016) a pop-up Internet Cafe in New York City researching Internet censorship between the U.S. and China, funded by the Franklin Furnace Fund and Asian Women Giving Circle; and “Passages,” at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C., voted “Washington’s Best Art Gallery Exhibitions of 2012” by The Washington Post. She earned a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City; New Jersey City University, New Jersey; and also works at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City.
John McCray, Vice President
Art Collector | Patron
John E. McCray has over 30 years of executive experience in marketing, operations, and public policy in the biopharmaceutical industry, including product launches, manufacturing scale-up, and new market openings in developing countries. His experience integrating public policy with marketing has been critical to removing barriers to product reimbursement and entry. He has managed financings in both public and emerging private companies. John currently serves as a consultant to U.S. and European biopharmaceutical companies. He co-founded OctreoPharm GmbH, a German radiopharmaceutical company, in 2009. He joined the Board of Directors of the Virginia Distillery Company in August of 2009. Additionally, John has served as COO and executive leadership for several businesses including Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Pan Pacific Pharmaceuticals, and Sepracor Inc.
Bill Montei, Treasurer
Bill has over thirty years of insurance management and leadership experience. For 22 years he helped form and lead PIC Wisconsin, a medical malpractice insurance company, after working with Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers). Recently, he has consulted with medical malpractice companies and helped create and market software for insurance companies. Bill has served on the board of directors for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including American Players Theatre (a nationally recognized Shakespeare theatre), and EACH Inc. (an international organization working with those responding to at-risk children). Bill helps coordinate the Madison Rwanda Community Partnership, a child sponsorship program through World Vision. He holds an A.B. from Kenyon College and M.B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).
Karen Brummund, Executive Committee
Karen Brummund is a visual artist who makes environmental and community-based projects. Through her work she partners with local schools and small non-profits as wells as international museums and art organizations. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of East London in 2006.
Los Angeles, California
Author | Arts Theologian
Cecilia González-Andrieu grew up in Los Angeles as a political refugee from Havana, Cuba where she was born. An award-winning filmmaker, she is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where she jointly studied Film and Spanish and minored in Theater. It was as she directed projects increasingly focused on religious subjects that she returned to LMU to complete an M.A. in Theology. Intrigued by the challenge of bringing theology and the arts together to address issues of justice, she pursued doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and completed her Ph.D. in 2007 in both Arts and Religion and Systematic Theology. She returned to LMU to join the Department of Theological Studies where she teaches in the fields of Theology and the Arts, Latino Theology, and Christian Theology. She is the author of Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty (Baylor University Press, 2012).
Artist | Researcher
Kevin Hamilton is an artist and researcher with the University of Illinois, where he has served in the New Media and Painting Programs since 2002. Recent artistic work has included a commissioned public project on the history of cybernetics for the State of Illinois at the Institute for Genomic Biology, a performance at Links Hall Chicago on racial and religious histories of the Colorado Rockies, a comic book on local histories for the City of Urbana, Illinois, and a collaborative video about telephone communication for the ASPECT DVD series. Kevin has been involved with CIVA for almost twenty years, including conference presentations(1999, 2001, 2009, 2011), publications in SEEN, and co-organization of the 2009 and 2013 conferences.
Menlo Park, California
Artist | Arts Administrator
Marianne Lettieri creates mixed media constructions and art installations that investigate shifts in individual and cultural values associated with everyday objects. Recent solo exhibitions include: House/Work at Peninsula Museum of Art; Evidence of Life at Doug Adams Gallery; Poetics of Disposability at Triton Museum of Art; and Changing Context at Azusa Pacific University. She is an artist in residence at Cubberley Artist Studio Program in Palo Alto, California. She has an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and B.F.A. in Printmaking and Drawing from University of Florida. Marianne is the founder of Arts of the Covenant, an organization for visual artists of faith in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Charlotte, North Carolina
“I serve on CIVA’s Board of Director’s because I am excited to participate in the conversation about art and faith taking place in contemporary art today.” Allison explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints. Luce graduated with dual B.F.A. degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is a studio artist and educator. She has shown her artwork in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work is included in many private collections. She has been a resident artist in Denmark, Germany and Canada and has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships for her artwork.
Artist | University Professor
Artist Steve A. Prince is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art and Artist in Residence at Allegheny College. He received his B.F.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana and his M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from Michigan State University. To Steve, “We are all living epistles, whether we want to be or not.” He has shown his art internationally in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions. Prince has created a number of public artworks such as an 8 x 16 foot wood relief cruciform sculpture titled “Make Me Over” at Christian High in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the City of Hampton Virginia. In addition to being an accomplished lecturer and preacher in both secular and sacred settings, Prince has conducted workshops internationally. He wants to take his visual ministry to the streets where art becomes a bridge to help people find their way from brokenness to beauty. Prince is represented by Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ZuCot Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and owner of One Fish Studio LLC.
Karen J. Sangren
San Diego, California
Art Educator | University Professor
Karen J. Sangren completed her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and chairs the Department of Art and Design at Point Loma Nazarene University. She has taught art education and art appreciation courses, as well as studio courses. During her career at Point Loma, Sangren has helped build the art and design program and created community partnerships with San Diego art museums and local school districts. She taught homeless children in the inner city and later developed an Arts Partnership with South Bay Union School District that served over 9000 students across a 12-year period. Sangren has participated in state assessment teams and was a 20-year member of the Art Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Since 2009, she has served on the national Board of Directors of CIVA/Christians in the Visual Arts. In 2010, Sangren directed the CCCU/CIVA National Status Report of Art and Design Programs, a three-year study sponsored by CIVA’s Scholar’s Group. It examined art/design programs in members and affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Recently, Sangren has served on the San Diego Unified School District’s Planning Committee to develop a Strategic Arts Education Plan for SDUSD. She has participated in two professional art exhibits in PLNU’s Keller Gallery in 2016-2017, where she exhibited hand-built works in clay.
Artist | University Professor
Kenneth Steinbach is an artist, educator, and researcher who teaches classes in Three Dimensional Visual Thinking, Sculpture, Senior Seminar in Art, and Creative Practices at Bethel University in Minneapolis. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has exhibited widely across the United States, and is the recipient of multiple grants in direct support of his work and research. Kenneth is married to Kari Steinbach, a freelance theater director. They have two daughters who are both pursing careers in the arts.
Art Historian | University Professor
Linda received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Stony Brook, in History, with emphasis on Art and Society in France. Prior to graduate studies, Linda completed an undergraduate degree in Art from Vanderbilt University and spent a year studying art history in France. She is Director of Asbury University’s Paris Semester and a founding board member of ASCHA (The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art). She is married to Mike Stratford and has two sons, Forrest and Will.
New York City, New York
Events Center Director
Eva Ting serves as the Director at W83, a community and events center owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church located on the Upper West Side in New York. Prior to this, Eva was the Public Programs Coordinator, working with public art and events, at Times Square Alliance, the business improvement district that manages Times Square. Her interests lie in community-engaged public art, having also worked with No Longer Empty and Fourth Arts Block in New York City. Eva lived in Shanghai, China for several years and managed two cities, a gallery that specialized in contemporary Chinese glass, ceramics, and lacquer art and hosted regular jazz music programming. In Shanghai, Eva also co-founded the Shanghai Arts Community (SHAC), a collective of Chinese and Western artists of various disciplines that hosted salons, exhibitions and published a book. Eva holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in journalism from Boston University, and an M.A. in visual arts administration from New York University.
Arts Theologian | University Professor
Taylor serves as Associate Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries as well as Associate Professor of Christian Thought at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. in the areas of contemporary art and theological aesthetics in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. Taylor is married to Anna, and they have three children: Elizabeth, Quinn, and Graham. Twitter: @taylorworley