FATE Board Elections will take place Friday, April 7th during Breakfast at the Beyond the Core Conference in Kansas.
Nominations are welcome until this vote takes place. If you or someone you know might be interested in supporting this organization's mission with their creative spirit and engaged drive for advancing the FATE community, please contact FATE President Stacy Isenbarger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2015-17 Board Members found [ HERE ]
2017-19 Board Nominees
NOMINATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME. Current Nominations are found below. Updates will be made to this site as additional nominations are made.
Sam Houston State University
Valerie Powell has served as FATE's VP for Regional Programming since 2013.
Vice President of Finance
University of West Georgia
Casey McGuire has served as FATE's VP of Finance since 2015.
Vice President for Communication
University of Idaho
Stacy Isenbarger is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Foundations Coordinator at the University of Idaho where she was received the 2015 Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence. She has served on FATE's board as President (2013-17) and SECAC Representative (2011-13). She wishes to transition away from her role as president while still playing an active, supportive role on the FATE board. Through this, she will continue to seek ways to innovate and share foundations pedagogies while strengthening a more dynamic, connective community. Stacy Isenbarger’s artworks incite viewers through dynamic interplay between media, space, and iconography. Isenbarger’s work simultaneously investigates ideas and materials, transforming the familiar into forms that challenge our assumptions of our environment and cultural barriers we build for ourselves.
Vice President for Development
University of North Florida
Raymond Gaddy has spent the last thirteen years as a professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Florida. At UNF he assisted in the development of the UNF Study Abroad program in Italy for which he earned the Excellence in International Studies award. He also served as Director of Galleries from 2009-13.Gaddy earned his MFA from the University of Alabama and a MA in Administration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He also studied at the Rijksmuseum, as part of the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He has earned numerous awards and grants including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
Gaddy is active in many arts organizations including the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission where he reigned as Chair of the Commission for three years. He now serves as Managing Director of the Savannah Children’s Choir. Gaddy has served as FATE's VP for Development since 2013.
Vice President for Regional Programming
Jessica Burke (J.B) is a figurative artist that interested in the effect of popular culture on identity and gender politics. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Foundations Program at Georgia Southern University.
She was elected to the national board of Integrative Teaching International (ITI) where she has served as Associate Vice President of Programming since 2014. She has been an active member of FATE since attending her first conference in Portland, Oregon in 2009. She has presented on panels at FATE conferences in 2013, 2015 and will also present in 2017. In the fall of 2016, she was the Co-Chair for a FATE regional conference at Sam Houston State University. Having had this experience, she is positioned to use her practical experience to help others organize, publicize and run regional conferences. She would love the opportunity to continue working with FATE educators in Regional Programming.
Bethany Haeseler is a mixed media artist and educator based in Potsdam, New York and Montréal, Québec. She renders abnormal growths, and cancerous cells through sculptures, illustrations, and installations. When not working in the studio, hobbies include: antique furniture restoration/preservation, long-distance cycling, traveling, reading, cake decorating, and drinking copious amounts of iced coffee.
Vice President of Membership
Colleen Merrill is from Cincinnati, Ohio where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Kentucky. Merrill is an Instructor of Art Foundations and Coordinator of Art at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Her academic subject areas of interest include Drawing, Two-Dimensional Surface and Art Appreciation. Merrill’s artwork examines the social, political and geographical associations of handmade fibers. Her current body of work titled Fawn, uses composite forms derived from reconfigured textiles to examine domestic and synergistic relationships. She has served on the FATE board as Vice President of Membership since 2013.
Naomi J. Falk
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Katie Hargrave (b. 1985 Chicago, resides Chattanooga, TN) is a professor of art and the Foundations Coordinator at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her MFA in Intermedia and Drawing from the University of Iowa, MA from Brandeis University, and BFA from the University of Illinois. Her work has been shown at DIY spaces, commercial galleries, non-profits, and festivals, including Proof Gallery in Boston; Gallerie Analix in Geneva, Switzerland; the Manifesta Biennial in Murcia, Spain; the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, to name a few. She is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and “Like Riding a Bicycle.”
Arkansas Tech University
Jessica Mongeon explores geographic formations, organisms, and natural phenomena through her artwork. She received a MFA in Painting from Montana State University, and a BFA from the University of North Dakota. Jessica was born in Rolette, North Dakota and currently lives in Russellville, AR, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Arkansas Tech University. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, including group exhibitions, “Translating the Intangible,” at 203 Art Gallery in Shanghai, China, and “The Retrieval of the Beautiful” at The Painting Center in New York, NY. Artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center at Tower View, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY. Jessica attended several FATE conferences and presented at the 2013 conference, PostHaus. She participated in ThinkCatalyst events and ThinkTank 9. Jessica recently became an Assistant Editor for the ITI FutureForward publication.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Guen Montgomery is an interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, printmaking and installation as her primary research tools. Guen received her BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently Guen lives in Urbana, IL, where she teaches art foundations and printmaking at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Much of Guen’s work revolves around her mother, grandmother and extended family who, originally from the Smokey Mountain foothills, now live near the Big South Fork in Scott County, Tennessee. Guen explores gender, regional identity, family mythology, heredity, and popular culture in an effort to understand and detangle the complex woven stories that build our sense of self. Recent works investigate how the narratives that build identity ultimately direct our decisions, which in turn dictate our relationship to each other and the planet.