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.
John McCray, Vice Chair
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, Secretary
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.
Richard Cummings is easily distracted and enjoys sparkly things, things that move, and things with sugar. He is a Professor of Art at College of the Ozarks and the director of the college’s Boger Gallery. Richard holds a B.A. in English Literature from Milligan College and received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Leeds in England. He later went on to earn his D.W.S from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Richard has been a CIVA member since 2006 and has participated in numerous exhibitions as an artist and hosted numerous CIVA exhibitions and individual artists as the director of the Boger Gallery. Richard’s interests lie in the theological exploration of human creativity and in the nurturing of young artists of Christian faith.
Joe is a painter and an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he serves as Coordinator for the Arts for Anima: The Center for Worship and the Arts. He has exhibited his work widely across the United States and presented on a number of issues related to the arts and higher education. He co-edited the “Unsettled Ground” issue of SEEN Journal (2014) and served on the 2013 CIVA conference planning team. In 2013, he also traveled to South Africa to participate in “Project R5: South Africa,” co-sponsored by the Nagel Institute at Calvin College and the Lilly Fellows Program for the Humanities and the Arts. He holds a B.A. from Central College (Iowa), a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A. from the University of Chicago. He and his wife Sara have four children and they are members of Shades Valley Community Church (EFCA) in Homewood, Alabama.
Lawan is a Texas native who has called Tuscany her adopted home for over 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington, she was honored to be the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Mary Louise Hart, Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Lawan received her Certificate of Museum Studies from Arizona State University before taking her post graduate fieldwork overseas in Classical Archaeology, focusing on Art and Architecture History in conjunction with the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute. During these academic years, the vast divide between the institutional bubble and the business ecosystem became vividly clear. The world needed “bridge builders” between scholars/artists and donors. Leaving academia with hesitation but clear vision, she began Medici Way – a consulting and access service for philanthropists, eccentrics, and non-profits. Recognizing that she makes a better cheerleader than artist, Lawan brings awareness that today’s art will be tomorrow’s artifacts. Lawan splits her time between Italy and Texas with her golf pro husband. When traveling, he patiently hits the links while she visits galleries. Their romantic fate was sealed when he asked her to accompany him to a Caravaggio exhibit for their first date. She still hasn’t learned to golf.
Menlo Park, California
Artist | Arts Administrator
Marianne Lettieri is a studio artist and curator with significant experience in marketing communications, event planning, and non-profit arts management. She creates mixed media constructions and art installations that investigate individual and cultural values associated with everyday objects. Recent solo exhibitions include Reflections at Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco (2016), House/Work at Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA (2015), and Evidence of Life at Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2014) She is the 2017 recipient of the SVLaureate award for achievement in the arts and contribution to the cultural life of Silicon Valley. Marianne has an M.F.A. from San Jose State University and B.F.A. from University of Florida. She is the founder of Bay Area Creatives, an organization for visual artists of faith in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Visual Artist | Educator
“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 private and corporate collections. Luce is represented by Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and on Hilton Head Island. 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 Detroit, Michigan, where he serves as assistant professor at Wayne State University. 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 is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the City of Hampton, Virginia. An accomplished lecturer and preacher in both secular and sacred settings, Prince has conducted workshops across the U.S. and internationally. His goal is 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.
Meaghan is an El Paso-born transplant to NYC where she runs MaKeR Projects to assist a variety of family foundations and non-profits with their exhibitions/programming, fundraising, and constituency development, and splits time with Baylor in New York, the University’s Film and Digital Media Studies Program in the city. Previously she was Director of Global Community & Programs at International Arts Movement and publisher of The Curator, an online arts magazine.
Artist | University Professor
Kenneth Steinbach is Professor of art at Bethel University, where he teaches classes in sculpture, design, and creative practices. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has exhibited widely across the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Trykkeriet Printmaking Center in Bergen, Norway, and Blue Star Museum in San Antonio, Texas. About his practice, he says, “It is not only a means to explore personal expression, but also a form of physical theology that allows me to speak into questions, sometimes difficult ones, about the relationship between faith, art, and living.” Kenneth recently concluded a four-year research project into the practices of successful mid-career artists. The resultant book, Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process will be published by Routledge Press in 2018. He is the recipient of several grants, including a Bethel University Edgren Scholars grant in support of his research into artistic practice and several grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Kenneth has also been awarded the Arlin G. Meyer prize in Visual Arts by the Lily Fellows Foundation, and a Faculty Excellence in Teaching award from Bethel University. He is married to Kari Steinbach, a freelance theater director in Minneapolis.
New York City, New York
Events Center Director │ Arts Administrator
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.
Michelle is a Professor of Art and Gallery Director of Bethel University’s two exhibition spaces. Previously, she was Assistant to the Director of Pratt Institute’s Department of Exhibitions and enjoyed the opportunity during graduate school to work with Creative Time and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Her photographic and curatorial endeavors often explore themes of identity, perception, and interconnection in an increasingly globalized digital world. She has curated several exhibitions and has also exhibited her own photographic work locally and nationally. Michelle has been a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant (2015) and, most recently, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017). She received her M.F.A. in photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2006. She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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