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.
Director of Member Operations
Kate studied Art Education at Wheaton College, (where Art profs first introduced her to CIVA!). During undergrad she participated in the Gordon in Orvieto semester abroad program of Renaissance Art in Italy. She then taught elementary and middle school art in the Chicago suburbs, the Mississippi Delta, and small town New Hampshire, before she and her husband, Jacob, moved to Madison, Wisconsin to establish roots in his home state. Three daughters, two dogs, and a small flock of backyard chickens fill their days. When she makes the time, Kate enjoys painting, drawing, and printmaking.
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.
CIVA Support Staff
Micah works as a musician, a worship leader, and now a part-time CIVA employee. He attended UW-Madison as a Graduate student, and now teaches and performs music in the Madison area. When not working one of his many part-time jobs, he can be found in the kitchen feeding his sourdough starter.
Content Curator and Proofreader
Will Montei received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Calvin University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. In addition to working as a Content Curator and Proofreader for CIVA, he also substitute teaches around the greater Madison area. Aside from writing and teaching, he also enjoys music, holding forth with friends, and spending time outdoors.
Social Media Specialist
Catherine received her B.S. in Anthropology, Film Studies, and Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and has performed as a cast and crew member in several plays and independent films. She began her career in visual media as a commercial writer and video producer for a local television station in Mankato, Minnesota. She now practices marketing in Madison, Wisconsin where she lives with her husband, Jonathan. They are expecting their first child this year. When she’s not working, Catherine enjoys many hobbies including mixed martial arts, running, crafting, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Gallery 212 Curator
Justin is an artist and designer with three decades of experience in art direction, photography, graphic design and fine art. He has been in the publishing and art curation business in the United States and abroad, living in both Germany and Turkey for over 12 years. A graduate of the UW-Madison with his M.F.A., Justin enjoys listening to jazz, tasting whiskey and painting in his studio on the weekends, hiking and camping with his wife, sailing with his son and teaching art to his daughter.