2019 Breakout Session Leaders
Anthony Vasquez was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Vasquez studied studio painting at Adams State University and, from 2015 to mid-2018, lived with his family (wife Adrienn and their two children, Leila and Benicio) in South East Asia where he co-facilitated an International Artist Residency and other programs run by a New Delhi arts organization. During this time, Vasquez recognized a desire to mentor and encourage other artists in their journey as culture makers. Anthony values honesty, transparency, and humility in other artists’ work and strives for the same in his own.
Jennifer Allen Craft is Associate Professor of Theology and Humanities at Point University in West Point, Georgia, where she teaches courses in theology, philosophy, and the arts. Having earned her Ph.D. in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Craft has lectured widely at conferences and universities, particularly on the topic of the theological significance of art and placemaking. She is the author of Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (IVP Academic, 2018), and has contributed to other online and print publications such as Transpositions, SEEN Journal, Christianity Today, and Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (IVP Academic, 2017), a book which resulted from CIVA’s 2015 biennial conference. An advocate of practicing what she preaches, Craft has engaged in various placemaking practices, such as making jellies from the fruits of her back yard, painting an 80-foot long children’s mural at her local church, and restoring her 111-year-old home in Valley, Alabama, with her husband Brandon.
Ryan Lauterio serves as Director/Curator of Shockoe Artspace, a 2000+ square foot, non-profit art gallery which he founded in 2011, in Richmond, Virginia. Since its formal launch in 2016, SAS has hosted numerous exhibitions from artists of both local and national acclaim. Lauterio holds a B.A. (‘03) and a M.A. (‘05) in Studio Art from CSU Sacramento, and an M.F.A. (‘09) in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauterio’s work has been published in New American Painter, Beautiful Decay, and Sick of the Radio and has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Sacramento, and Richmond—most recently at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Taubman Museum. Lauterio’s work is included in several private and corporate collections. Lauterio is also a full-time instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught since 2007 in the School of the Arts Art Foundation program. Lauterio lives in Richmond with his wife Laura and their three children.
Wayne Adams Studio
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.
Kimberly June Miller
Kimberly June Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, retreat leader, co-author of Boundaries for Your Soul (Nelson, 2018), founder of Leading Wholeheartedly, a ministry helping leaders tend to their inner lives, so that they can better serve others, and Doing Good Well, a leadership development program for women in CIVA. Prior to her work as a counselor, Kim was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University, worked for social investment fund Root Capital, and for Agros International. Kim earned her Master’s in Theology from Regent College and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Kim’s husband, Ken, is a professor at Claremont McKenna College, and they enjoy gardening, landscape architecture, spending time with friends and family, and extending hospitality at their Los Angeles-area home.
Kenneth Steinbach is Professor of art at Bethel University, where he teaches classes in sculpture, design, and creative practices. Steinbach recently concluded a four-year research project into the practices of successful mid-career artists, which resulted in his book Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process (Routledge Press, 2018). Steinbach is the recipient of the 8th (2018-2020) Bethel University Professor Award, an award “to recognize and celebrate extraordinary faculty accomplishments within and beyond Bethel University,” and in 2018 was a Matter and Spirit seminar research fellow in China through the Nagel Institute at Calvin College. The recipient of many grants, 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.
Pilar Timpane is co-directing and producing SANTUARIO, a documentary short that was the 2017 winner of Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts competition at the New Orleans Film Festival. She is also producing THE LAST PARTERA, a documentary about midwives in Costa Rica (dir. Victoria Bouloubasis, Ned Phillips) . Her photography and/or short films have appeared in The Atlantic Selects, The Economist, Scientific American, Sojourners, and others. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Women in Film / Stella Artois Finishing Fund, Fledgling Fund, Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local, Southern Documentary Fund, the Big Sky Pitch, and others. Timpane holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from Duke University Divinity School. Her work has focused on women’s stories, immigration, and religious communities.
Christine Delp is a documentary producer and director based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Durham, North Carolina. Her directorial debut, SANTUARIO, won Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch, premiered at Hamptons International Film Festival, and won the New Orleans Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short. She is also currently producing the documentary series BURDEN OF PROOF, which was a 2019 IDFA Central Pitch selection and is in production with HBO Documentary Films. Christine was as associate producer for Seasons 3-5 of A CHEF'S LIFE (PBS) and ROAD TO RACE DAY (Verizon Go90/Complex Networks) . Films produced by Christine have been supported by Sundance Documentary Film Program, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, Sheffield Meet Market, Fledgling Fund, Women & Film Finishing Fund, and the Southern Documentary Fund. Delp is a New Orleans Film Society Southern Producing Lab fellow, an associate of UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, and a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Jonathan Millet lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children in Rowlett, Texas. Jonathan received his B.A. from Biola University in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, he moved to New York and received a M.F.A. in printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jonathan and Jennifer moved back to their hometown of Dallas, Texas, where Jonathan was hired to teach art at Trinity Christian Academy, a K-12 college preparatory school in the suburbs of Dallas. He is now in his 27th year at the school and is currently the Visual Arts Department Head of Trinity’s renowned art program. His students continually win local and national art contests and have won academic scholarships for their art to all of the highest ranked art schools in the U.S. Jonathan also serves as juror for student art competitions, is a practicing artist, and, along with Jennifer, leads student mission trips to Kenya and Tanzania.
Rachel Hostetter Smith is Gilkison Distinguished Professor of Art History at Taylor University, having previously served on the graduate faculty of the School of Comparative Arts at Ohio University. Smith is a founder and current president of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA). She publishes on a wide range of topics in the arts, has served in editorial capacities for several publications, and has received several awards for her scholarship. Smith has been a visiting scholar, seminar leader, and visiting professor in several European countries, British Columbia, South Africa, and China. She is Project Director and Curator of Charis: Boundary Crossings (Indonesia 2008), Between the Shadow and the Light (South Africa 2013), and Matter & Spirit: Contemporary Chinese Art and Society (China, 2018). Smith served on CIVA’s Board of Directors from 2003-2013.
Allison Luce is a practicing studio artist and educator who 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 has shown her artwork in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and her work is included in private and corporate collections. She has been a resident artist in Denmark, Germany, and Canada, and has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships for her artwork. Luce currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Joseph Pensak is the pastor of Redeemer Burlington in Burlington, Vermont and the director and head curator of New City Galerie, an art gallery on historic Church Street with three residency studios attached. Joseph is the co-founder of Bifrost Arts (with Isaac Wardell) and his new solo project, Hallowell, will release its debut record in March of 2019 through Lenny and Daniel Smith’s label, Great Comfort Records. He is married to Katie and has three daughters: Nadine, Lucie and Maëlle. He could talk or not talk all day and still find things to not talk about.
Marianne Lettieri is a studio artist and curator with 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. Her solo exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, Peninsula Museum of Art, Doug Adams Gallery at the Badé Archaeology Museum, Azusa Pacific University, and Monterey Peninsula College. She is the 2017 recipient of the SVLaureate award for achievement in the arts and contribution to the cultural life of Silicon Valley. Lettieri earned an M.F.A. from San Jose State University and a B.F.A. from University of Florida.
Cindi Beth Johnson is a professor in the practice of theology and the arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. For over two decades she directed United's program in theology and the arts, developing a nationally recognized center in the arts with strong local partnerships. Johnson believes that the arts are necessary for congregations to be both vibrant and relevant. She teaches in the area of arts and social transformation, theology and the arts, arts and leadership, and spirituality and the arts. Johnson is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She serves on the board of Uprising Theatre and Catalyst Arts and is chair of the board for SARTS (Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies). In 2014, she was a Creative Community Leadership Fellow with Intermedia Arts.
Jay Henderson is an artist and teacher based in Dallas, Texas. His artwork has been exhibited at venues such as Artists Space, Underdonk, Participant Inc., Flux Factory, Frosch & Portmann, Cornell University, and Kunsthochscule für Medien Köln, among others. His artwork and curatorial practices have been written about in Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Magazine, Bushwick Daily, and NYFA Current, among others. From 2008-2015, he curated exhibitions in NYC, Montreal, Berlin, and Mexico City, with HKJB, a nomadic curatorial group he co-founded with artist Benjamin King. Henderson received his M.F.A. from Rutgers University and B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. He was also a participant in the Free School of Architecture, Los Angeles in 2018.
Geinene Carson earned a B.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture from William Carey College on the Coast in Gulfport, MS, furthering her studies at Lacoste School for the Arts in France. She has both created art and exhibited internationally in places such as Turkey, Morocco, the Netherlands, Italy and in her current city of residence: Atlanta, GA. Her now 20-year career with OM – a Christian mission organization – began by living for 3 years in Vienna, Austria, doing illustration and book design. Returning to the States in 2003, she pioneered taking visual artists on short-term mission trips. She is a regular guest teacher at the Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA) in Dallas, Texas, and continues to serve through OM Arts by mentoring artists on mission around the world. When not in her studio, she is a very present wife and mother of two.
Mat Carson earned a Bachelor of Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, before heading to North Africa for what he thought would be a one-year adventure for Jesus. That one year became three, traveling throughout the region and extending to a now 20-year career serving through OM, an international Christian mission. Mat now directs OM Arts, the ministry of OM which equips artists globally to love like Jesus and connects them to opportunities among the world’s least reached. Mat and Geinene live outside Atlanta, Georgia, with their two children, Cairo and Haven.
Sandra Bowden is a painter and printmaker living in Chatham, Massachusetts. In 2005, Square Halo Press published The Art of Sandra Bowden. With over 100 one person shows, her work is in many collections, including the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, the Museum of Biblical Art, and the Haifa Museum. She is also a passionate collector of religious art,dating from the early 15th century to the present. Miserere and Guerre, by George Rouault, both from her collection, were shown at MOBIA in NYC in 2006. Bowden was president of Christians in the Visual Arts from 1993-2007 and has curated many exhibitions helped coordinated the CIVA Traveling Exhibitions program since its inception. She is a founding member and Vice Chair of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. In 2005, Bowden was one of the editors of Faith & Art: Twenty-Five Years of Christians in Visual Arts. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and received her B.A. from the State University of New York.
Garreth Blackwell is the incoming Director of Creative Entrepreneurship in the Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts Center for the Creative Economy (CCE) where he currently teaches courses in professional practice and entrepreneurship. The CCE is an interdisciplinary unit within VCUarts that focuses on modes of thinking, innovation, and the intersection of art and business. Blackwell holds a B.A. (’05) and M.A. (’07) in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University. Garreth is a graphic designer and has owned a design firm for the last 12 years, working with clients on three continents and across multiple industries. He has served extensively on non-profit design boards and regularly volunteers as a professional mentor for design students through Storefront for Community Design. Garreth currently serves as the Design and Communications Director for Shockoe Artspace, a Richmond-based non-profit art gallery. Garreth and his wife Callie have called Richmond home since 2011; they have two children.
Christina Carnes Ananias is a graduate student in the Doctor of Theology program at Duke Divinity School, where her research focuses on the intersection of systematic theology and modernist visual art. Having worked with artists and students for over a decade, Christina taught various art history courses at Charleston Southern University before returning to Duke. In her doctoral work, she weaves together Chalcedonian Christology, late modern philosophy, and the paintings of the French modernists. Her dissertation will explore the question of truthful imaging by examining the paintings of Pablo Picasso through the iconophilic theology of Theodore the Studite and the ordinary language philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Rodney Allen Schwartz
Dr. Rodney Allen Schwartz is Director of the Westminster Gallery and Archive at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota College of Design in 2006. He co-chaired a task force to start an art gallery in the church in 2002 while a graduate student, and over time turned that volunteer position into a full time vocation. He has built a world-class collection of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic art that tells Christian and other appropriate stories and has created galleries throughout the city-block-sized church building. This flourishing arts program is integral to the educational, worship, and community-based programs of the church, and the collection is a resource for other local churches and seminaries.
Betsy Melchers received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she currently lives and works in Budapest, Hungary on the ReachGlobal Budapest City Team. Her role on the team focuses on investing in local artists and creative communities, searching for ways to catalyze gospel transformation within those circles through authentic relationships. Since 2014, she has been managing her team’s art café gallery in Budapest, offering opportunities to artists with a wide range of experience with the goal of honoring their work and inviting them into deeper relationships with their Creator. Betsy continues to exhibit her abstract sculptures and drawings in group and solo shows across Budapest.
Jorge Lucero is an artist who tests the pliability of the institution as material. For this work—which he sometimes calls “teacher as conceptual artist”—Jorge makes everything from teaching and publications to installations and events. He currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Art Education in the School of Art + Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his role in higher education, Jorge happily taught art in the Chicago Public Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his graduate degrees from Penn State University. He is the editor of the compendium Mere and Easy: Collage as a Critical Practice in Pedagogy (U of I Press), as well as the forthcoming STUDYCOLLECTION: Repository for conviviality (Candor Arts). This year during his sabbatical Jorge is writing a book tentatively called Jesus Christ, Socially engaged artist.
Dan Addington is an artist, curator, and owner of Addington Gallery, a presence in the Chicago gallery community since 1998. His own mixed media encaustic paintings have been shown in exhibitions across the U.S. and are represented in numerous public and private collections. Dan enjoys working with students and has served as visiting artist at universities and colleges throughout the country. Dan frequently serves as juror for group exhibitions and fine art competitions.m In addition to his roles as practicing artist and gallery owner, Dan has lectured and sat on panels discussing his work and the topic of spirituality in art at museums, colleges, and universities. Addington is married to educator and artist Steph Roberts, and the couple has an 11-year-old son / budding paleontologist, Aedric. When he can, Dan plays guitar and sings in various music combos in the Chicago area.
Jennifer Awes Freeman
Jennifer Awes Freeman is the assistant professor of arts and theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. A medieval art historian, her research and writing focuses on issues of pedagogy, racism, iconography, and power. Jennifer is currently working on two book projects: one is an adaptation of her dissertation on early medieval Trinitarian images and theological debates, and the other traces the development of the Good Shepherd from its Ancient Near Eastern origins to the Middle Ages.
Edward Knippers is a painter and printmaker living in Arlington, VA. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, over half of which have been one-man shows and invitationals. These included exhibition at the Virginia Museum, Richmond, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Cheekwood, Nashville, TN. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Billy Graham Museum, Wheaton, IL; the University of Oklahoma Museum, Norman; the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Rome; and the Grunewald Print Collection at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.