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.
After retirement from a long career as a middle school language teacher, Dawn was looking for her next “dream job” – if at all possible, one that included editing and event-planning. Happily, she gets to do a lot of both in her role as CIVA’s managing editor/gallery reception (or any other event that includes food) organizer. When not working at CIVA, Dawn also serves as a freelance editor for dissertation writers and book publishers and enjoys hosting events for family, students, and other guests in their home on the Nashotah House Theological Seminary campus, where her husband serves as Provost.
Membership and Exhibits
Kate received her B.A. in Art Education at Wheaton College, completed the Gordon in Orvieto semester abroad program of Renaissance Art in Italy, and studied stone sculpture at the Chicago Botanical Gardens under masters from Chapungu, Zimbabwe. She taught elementary art in the Chicago suburbs, the Mississippi Delta, and small town New Hampshire, before moving to Madison, Wisconsin to establish roots. She and her husband, Jacob, have three wonderful daughters, a dog named Blue, and a small flock of backyard chickens.
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.
Website and Technology
Jim brings 20+ years of technology and communications experience to CIVA. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Loyola University. His other experiences include teacher, coach, and camp director. Chicago natives, Jim and his wife, Cooky, have one daughter, five sons, and two dogs.
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.
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.