Lawan is a Texas native who has called Tuscany her adopted home for over 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and an M.A. in Anthropology, 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 before taking her postgraduate fieldwork overseas in Classical Archaeology, focusing on Art and Architecture History. 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.
Ned Bustard is a graphic designer, illustrator, author, and printmaker. His most recent book is History of Art: Creation to Contemporary. In his spare time, Ned is the curator of the Square Halo Gallery and the creative director for Square Halo Books, for whom he edited the book It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Most recently, you may find Ned’s print work illustrating Every Moment Holy on Rabbit Room Press. He grew up in the Reformed Episcopal Church and now serves as a ruling elder in a Presbyterian church. Ned is also on the board of The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA). He and his wife, Leslie, have three lovely daughters, one dog, and an unreasonable number of books.
Catherine received her degree in Anthropology, Film Studies, and Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Her studies explored the relationship between media and culture while her passion for the arts has lead her to perform as a cast and crew member for several plays and independent films. Catherine has also worked as a commercial writer and video producer for television. When she’s not working, Catherine enjoys many hobbies including sewing, running, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Abbey is a visual designer and dancer born and raised in Wisconsin. She earned her degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Madison College. After graduation she made her way to New York City where she worked as a graphic designer for several interactive agencies. Eventually she made her way back to home to Wisconsin where she now spends her free time hiking, biking and dancing. She loves tapping into contemplative arts, music, and nature as a way to connect to the beauty and mystery of life.
Michelle Arnold Paine
Michelle Arnold Paine is a painter whose subjects of landscape, figure, and architecture reflect a dialogue with the divine. She spent three years living and working in Italy for Gordon College’s study abroad program, where she steeped herself in the Renaissance masters, the rhythms of the liturgy, and the intimacy and beauty of daily Italian life.
After her return from Italy she received at Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and went on to earn an MFA degree from University of New Hampshire. She paints in her home studio in Ohio, where she lives with with her husband and two daughters. Her work can be viewed at www.michellepaine.com.
Vincent received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He then went on to study and apprentice in Florence, Italy. Working with master artisans throughout his career, his sculpture, wearable art and 2-D work progressed from millimeters to meters, growing larger and more complex. In his current work, he explores intangible elements of language, space and time coupled with tangible shapes, materials and textures. Vincent works out of his studio in Lambertville, NJ. His current work can be found at www.vwhstudio.com.
Sara received her degree in Art and Writing from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. While studying, she loved writing poetry, making art, and experimenting with the ways in which art and creative writing can be blended to create something even more powerful. After college, Sara worked at several non-profit organizations. While working with the Boy Scouts of America in 2019, Sara had the honor of being one of Central Illinois’ 25 Women in Leadership because of her efforts to provide quality programs to low-income, at-risk youth in Central Illinois. Sara excited to finally find a career based in the arts and looks forward to moving to the Madison area. In her spare time, Sara enjoys making clay jewelry, hanging out with her fiancé and her two dogs, and traveling.
Margaret Bustard is a senior Museum Studies student in New York City at The King’s College and has been serving CIVA as an editorial intern working on the next issue of the SEEN Journal.