William Potter
Vice President for Biennial Conference
The Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI


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MESSAGE from FATE 2015 Biennial Conference:

FATE's reach continues to grow as the issues and topics addressed through our various outlets remains relevant and immediately applicable to teaching practices at the foundation level. We are very excited to be hosting the 2015 Conference and to continue FATE’s positive momentum. As the title of the conference “Tectonic Shifts” suggests, we will be examining how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape. We will be interested in hearing from foundations faculty, arts professionals, and programs that are breaking new ground in their teaching practices. Herron is looking forward to continuing the conversation in Indianapolis that began at the postHaus conference in Savannah in 2013.

William Potter
Vice President for Biennial Conference


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Tectonic Shifts: FATE 2015 

The FATE national biennial conference was hosted by the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, March 25 – 28, 2015.  The theme, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground,” led many to Indianapolis to examine and share how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape.


Daily Session List with Session Abstract:
[Thursday 3.26.15]
[Friday 3.27.15]
[Saturday 3.28.15]

Guidelines for Conference Participants [HERE].



Advance Registration: $350 (closes March 9th, Midnight Eastern Time)
On-Site Registration: $375


Advance Registration: $195 (closes March 9th, Midnight Eastern Time)
On-Site Registration: $220

Please note that your FATE membership must be up-to-date prior to registering for this conference. 

 Your Conference Fees Include Breakfast and Lunch!  


Caesar Salad w/shredded parmesan, croutons and Caesar Dressing
Seared Chicken Breast w/chicken jus
Garlic Potato puree
Green beans
Mixed Green Salad-carrots and Tomatoes Ranch Dressing
Meat Lasagna w/shredded Parmesan Cheese
Garlic Bread Sticks
Field Green Salad w/cucumber and carrots—balsamic Vinaigrette
Tortellini w/Alfredo Sauce topped with Chicken
Blistering Tomatoes
Registration fees will also cover an All-american Breakfast table on Thursday & Friday and a Continental Breakfast on Saturday.
There will be a beverage service all day. 
Dietary preferences will be accommodated via registration [HERE].

Transportation Information [click here]

Parking Information [click here 

FATE+Westin=a perfect conference 

Twelve miles from the Indianapolis International Airport in the heart of downtown, the Westin Indianapolis welcomes you to our peaceful retreat infused with Midwestern hospitality.  We offer inspiring amenities, rejuvenating food and beverage outlets, and an essential location within the city.  The enclosed skywalk connection to the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Circle Centre Mall and over 200 restaurant and entertainment venues allows our guests to experience all Indianapolis has to offer.
Spacious accommodations infused with modern décor foster an environment conducive to business travel.  Complementary high speed internet access for FATE Attendees, the Heavenly Bed ® and Heavenly Bath ® creates a sense of calm.  Shula’s Steak House and the No Name Lounge offer sophisticated dining experiences.  Relax, unwind and network with your colleagues at The Lobby Bar.  Recharge at our WestinWORKOUT ® facility, or immerse yourself in the flavor of Indianapolis by touring historic attractions, and museums. And though we didn’t discover fresh air, we’re proud to offer it here through our Breath Westin® smoke-free hotel program. 

NOTICE: As of 2.01.15, the conference rated rooms at the Westin Indianapolis have all been reserved by our membership. If you were unable to book a room at our conference hotel, please consider our overflow hotel, The Alexander Hotel, at a room rate of $169 [HERE] This special room rate will be available until 2.25.15.

The Alexander is Indy's premier art hotel. "The Alexander was built to inspire guests with the power of art. But nothing is more powerful than love. Here, the two join together in a contemporary setting, featuring modern event spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, intimate terraces and downtown Indianapolis’ only premier outdoor hotel event venue. The result is an art-centric backdrop to serve as the ultimate canvas for creating your most unforgettable memories.The Alexander was built to inspire guests with the power of art."

The Alexander is a ten minute walk from the conference hotel. 

MEMBERSHIP POLICY  All Session Chairs and Presenters must be current members of FATE by December 31, 2014 to ensure that their sessions and abstracts are published in the conference program.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Everyone must register for the conference. The FATE conference is organized for the professional benefit of its members. Registration fees and membership dues cover the costs of the overall conference.  Session chairs have the responsibility to make it clear to their accepted and invited speakers that all conference participants, including all chairs and presenters, must be FATE members and register for the conference.

MEDIA POLICY  Session rooms will be provided with one digital projector and one projection screen. Laptops will not be provided. Mac users must provide the proper VGA adapter for a digital projector.

SCHEDULING POLICY  It is the position of the planning committee that the first session on Thursday is as important and informative as the last session on Saturday. However, we understand that scheduling conflicts and other factors can limit participation to various times and days. Therefore, if you have such a limitation, bring it to your session chair’s attention immediately upon your acceptance to the session. Effort will be made to accommodate your requests, but there are many factors that determine the final schedule, and it may not be possible to meet your individual needs. The conference director’s decisions on scheduling are the final word. The schedule will be formalized by December 15, 2014.

CANCELATION POLICY  After March 9th registration is closed online.  After this point registration refunds will not be offered, as payment will have already been submitted to all conference programs.

If you have questions, please contact:
Sherry Stone, Director of Programming
William Potter, Vice President for Biennial Conference
Email: FATE2015@iupui.edu

2015 List of Vendors

The Tectonic Shifts Vendor room is taking shape with stellar return vendors and a great selection of new vendors. Below is the most up to date list.

  • Canson
  • ColArt
  • General Pencil Company
  • The Folding Art Horse 
  • Jack Richeson
  • HK Holbein
  • Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center
  • JBH Technologies
  • Kunst & Papier US                 
  • Ampersand Art (Gamblin)
  • Thames & Hudson Inc.
  • Princeton Artist & Brush Co. (SAMPRO)
  • Indigo Artpapers 


Mark your calendar: Indianapolis Museum of Art Events

For a complete list of IMA events during the FATE conference [click here]

On Thursday evening March 26th at 7PM during the conference, we have a great event planned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

chrisChris Kallmyer is an artist and curator who works with sound installation, composition, performance and electronic music. His work makes connections between music and contemporary art, and often engages sound through touch, taste, participation and process. Kallmyer will give a talk in conjunction with the Foundation in Art: Theory and Education conference hosted by IUPUI’s Herron School of Art + Design.

 IMA's ARTx Series is made possible by a gift from The Efroymson Family Fund.

 Chris Kallmyer is an artist that works with sound and spaces. His work explores a participatory approach to making music through touch, taste, and process using everyday objects to point to who we are and where we live. The work invites a rethinking of the traditional audience/performer relationship through workshops, installations, and site-based explorations of sound and listening. Chris works as a core collaborator with Machine Project and the experimental music ensemble wild Up. He has presented work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum, Getty Center, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Disney Hall, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, among others. 

Chris earned his MFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied music with Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, and Aashish Khan. He lives in San Francisco as a recent transplant from Los Angeles, and is a student of California and the arid west.


Andy DuCett is from Winona, MN and currently lives and works in Minneapolis.  He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  His work has been shown in galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, Milwaukee and Honolulu, as well as many Minneapolis locations.  He has been published in multiple textbooks and hardbound international books, as well as ARTFORUM, New American Paintings, The Daily Beast, Art Puluse Magazine, ApartmentTherapy.com, DailyServing.com, as well as publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London.  He recently completed a solo show at the 12,000 square foot Soap Factory in Minneapolis, entitled Why we do this, which was named one of the top shows of 2012 by the Walker Art Center's Executive Director Olga Viso. He received a 2009 Minnesota Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, allowing him to travel to Tokyo, Japan and was featured on the television series from Twin Cities Public Television, MN Original, as well as interviewed by PBS.   Additional information and full CV can be found at http://andyducett.com 


Indianapolis’s Know No Stranger is excited to introduce a unique sensory art experience at the 2015 FATE conference. Cerebrum: Memories Reanimated aims to connect its audience in a shared reminiscence experiment, rebuilding individual life memories through sight, smell and sound with the use of shadow puppetry, aroma and other media. The result will be a communal reliving of participants’ pasts to discover common ground by nostalgic triggers.

Bringing Cerebrum: Memories Reanimated to this year’s conference will require help from attendees. A call for submissions suggesting scenarios and events to rebuild can be answered with the following survey. Interested contributors are encouraged to plumb the depths of their memories for moments of comfort, joy, fear and humor. A selection of these submissions will be mined by Know No Stranger to stage live interpretations for conference visitors.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey [here] and visit our website [here].  See you March 26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!

Know No Stranger is a collective of artists and friends collaborating by means of live performance, writing, illustration and visual media to engage audiences in shared experiences of whimsical self-reflection and community. Calling Indianapolis home since its inception in 2009, the group will spend 2015 as the performing artists in residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


2015 Juried Members Exhibition



The Tectonic Shifts Juried Members Exhibition will run from March 4th- April 18th at the Herron Galleries. The Members reception will take place on March 27th. The juror is Mark Ruschman, Chief Curator of Fine Art at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN. (www.indianamuseum.org)

Juror Mark Ruschman's results for the 2015 Members Exhibition
Best of Show 
Carol Griffith, “Southern Approaches” o/c and panel 
3 Honorable Mentions
Anne Stagg, “(re)present (Judy 1, Judy 2)”, mixed media 
David Forbes, “Seduction of Consumption”, mixed media 
Darren Hostetter, “Drones 2”, acrylic on aluminum







Influences from both inside and outside the studio drive the development of a foundations curriculum.  A broad spectrum of studio and academic people who have an interest in foundation studies will look at how these forces have affected change.  For example, how are foundation faculty and programs breaking new ground in their teaching practices?  What new teaching models and possibilities are forming as we educate the artists and designers of the future?  How has experimentation with coursework shaken up old ideas about how we educate the artists and designers of the future? 














Welcome to INDY!

This city has a vibrant art and cultural scene and a commitment to public art in a downtown full of life. Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America. With more interstate highways than any other city in the country, from here it’s an easy drive to nine other major cities. The Indianapolis Airport, named the number one airport in North America by the Airports Council International, is a short drive from downtown and has commissioned artwork throughout. 

art center

Indianapolis also has a history of hosting large events such as the Indianapolis 500, NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament, the 2011 NFL Super Bowl, and many major conventions.  Downtown Indianapolis has major attractions in the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, shopping at the Circle Centre Mall, and many fine restaurants.

 Of special note are the museums and other cultural amenities of White River State Park including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Indiana State Museum.

 All of these attractions and many more are within easy walking distance.

 The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is also nearby—a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path studded with plantings and works of art that connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities. The Cultural Trail serves as the downtown hub for the entire Central Indiana greenway system. While enjoying the trail, you will experience the work of artists such as Julian Opie and Vito Acconci. The Herron School of Art and Design is on the western flank of a section of the Trail. If you don’t want to pack your bike, don’t worry! Indianapolis is in the process of developing a BikeShare program that should be up and running in time for the 2015 Conference.

 The Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 largest and 10 oldest general art museums in the nation and is a ten-minute drive from downtown.  Recent exhibitions have included, “Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Art Museum,” and “Ai Wei Wei: According to What?”. Adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art is The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres with interactive art installed throughout.

 The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, is also a growing fixture in the Indianapolis art scene, and features local, as well as national and international artists.

 The Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI is looking forward to being your host and introducing you to our great city. We will see you in 2015 at the Tectonic Shifts FATE Biennial Conference!




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