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 

conference buttonThe Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI will host the 35th Biennial meeting of FATE in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 25 - 28, 2015.

Call For Session Proposals is now closed. Proposals are now being reviewed.

Indianapolis will be the epicenter for the 35th National Biennial conference of FATE, hosted by Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, March 25 – 28, 2015.  The theme, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground,” will invite an examination of how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape. 

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? 

The Call for Sessions is now closed, but look for a Call for Papers after April 20th. Approximately 100 sessions will run over the course of the three-day conference.  Papers will be accepted from all who contribute to the foundation experience.

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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. 

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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!



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. 

Register early here. 






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