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Kathleen Carr

Kathleen Carr is an award winning painter, graphic designer & illustrator. She is the founder of the Catholic Art Institute.


Mark Nowakowski

Mark Nowakowski is a composer Professor of  Music Technology and Music Production at Kent State University.

Award-winning writer, commercial screenwriter, internationally sought after public-speaker and communications consultant with significant experience in the non-profit sector.  University professor of screenwriting, cinema, Great Books and theology of art.  


Barbara Nicolosi Phd.



Lawrence Daufenbach

Lawrence Daufenbach is a Chicago-based production partner to the motion picture industry and CEO of  Daufenbach Camera.

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Chris Easterly

Chris Easterly Bio for Catholic Art Institute
Chris Easterly is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. A graduate of the prestigious Warner Brothers Television Writers Program, he has written for Fox, Cartoon Network, NBC, Hallmark Channel, and others. Represented by Bauman Management in Los Angeles, he is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Chris wrote the books The Catholic Runner (Our Sunday Visitor) and Falling Forward: A Man’s Memoir of Divorce, which was selected as an exclusive Amazon Kindle Single. In addition to writing and producing features and television, he has also written documentaries, including the acclaimed 2020 film Carl Lutz: Dangerous Diplomacy. His feature directorial debut, Devil’s Hollow, was an official selection of the SOHO International Film Festival and the Golden State Film Festival, and was released in May 2023. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Asbury University. Chris is an assistant professor in the Media and Visual Arts Department at Regent University.


Madeline McCoy

Madeline McCoy brings nearly a decade of invaluable experience in the realm of Catholic nonprofits to the Board of Directors at the Catholic Arts Institute. With a deep passion for both the arts and Catholicism, she is poised to make a significant impact in her role.


Madeline's journey in the arts began with her studies in Music Performance at Kennesaw State University, where she honed her skills and developed a profound appreciation for the transformative power of artistic expression. Eager to further enrich her studies, she continued her education at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington.


Driven by her desire to make a difference in the nonprofit sector, Madeline pursued an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the esteemed Harvard Kennedy School. This program equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of effective leadership strategies and a broader perspective on organizational management.


As the Founder and President of The Nonprofit Solution, Madeline has consistently demonstrated her commitment to empowering Catholic organizations and ensuring their long-term success. With her strategic acumen and exceptional fundraising abilities, she has played a pivotal role in raising over $200 million dollars for nonprofits, facilitating their growth and impact.


Her expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, and community engagement has proven instrumental in numerous ventures, garnering her recognition as a respected leader in the field.


With a genuine enthusiasm for the arts and a profound devotion to the Catholic faith, Madeline is thrilled to lend her expertise to the Catholic Arts Institute. Her collaborative approach and visionary thinking will undoubtedly contribute to the institute's mission of promoting artistic excellence rooted in Catholic values.



Kathleen Carr


Kathleen Carr is an award-winning, classically trained painter, illustrator, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College .


Her painting has received recognition from the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Portrait Society of America, The Art Renewal Center Salon, The Salmagundi Club, The Butler Institute of American Art and many others.


She's an experienced web designer working for major media including Washington Post and National Geographic. 


In higher education, she worked as Design Program Head and taught in the undergraduate program at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC.

Her design and illustration work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Adobe, and Apple Quicktime.

She studied classical painting  with Scott Waddell, of Grand Central Atelier , Robert Liberace of the Art Student's League, and Dan Thompson of Studio Incamminati.


Sarah Crow


Sarah Crow is a painter, sacred artist, and lecturer of painting and drawing at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

She earned her MFA in painting from SAIC (2016), and her BFA summa cumlaude in painting with a minor in creative writing from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2013).

She has exhibited in numerous curated group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Baltimore.


She is passionate about using her talents for the glory of God and sharing her zeal for beauty.


She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL

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