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MESSAGE from FATE 2013 Biennial Conference:
postHaus was a success on so many levels, we had 546 total registered participants, easily over half were new FATE members, which is great for the organization. The sessions were well attended and many people stayed through Saturday evening. FATE is growing every year and the conference attendance is just one sign that we are doing the right thing. Increased interest means a more rigorous selection process and a higher quality for our sessions, presentations and the FATE In Review journal. I would like to thank all of the session chairs for their thoughtful work in organizing their panels and to Heather Deyling and Chris Olszewski for their tireless efforts in making this conference run so smoothly. I wish every success to William Potter and his team at Herron as they begin planning for 2015!
Tectonic Shifts: FATE 2015
The Herron School of Art and Design will host the 35th Biennial meeting of FATE in Indianapolis, Indiana, Spring 2015.
PostHaus has certainly set a high-bar for Herron to meet in 2015. We appreciate Chris Kienke’s, Heather Deyling’s and Chris Olszewski’s work in orchestrating such a great conference in Savannah. The reason that FATE continues to grow is that the issues and topics addressed are 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 foundation faculty and programs that are breaking new ground in their teaching practices. Herron is looking forward to continuing the conversation in Indianapolis that began in Savannah.
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.
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!
NATIONAL EVENTS: LOOKING BACK
postHaus: FATE 2013
The Savannah College of Art and Design was host to the 34th Biennial meeting of FATE in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia, Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6, 2013.
If Savannah’s trees could talk, the stories they’d tell…
They’d tell you about a group of women who banded together to protect this historic treasure, inventing the modern preservation movement in the process.
And then those same trees – an urban canopy unequalled in the United States – would offer a more recent story. They’d tell you about things happening on the Coast that are transforming Georgia’s first city into one of the most dynamic and creative economies in the southeast.
Savannah has become a magnet for creative talent, and why not? Art galleries are everywhere. One of the world’s most respected design schools – the Savannah College of Art and Design – calls Savannah home. The Savannah Music Festival has grown into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals on the East Coast. The Times of London placed it on its list of “The best events around the world in 2009” – the only event in the United States to make the cut.
Artists, musicians and writers have long been a fan of our jewel box squares and seductive coastline, serving as the muse for many accomplished creative practitioners. Johnny Mercer, of “Moon River” fame, was a native and is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery surrounded by his lyrics engraved in stone. Writers Conrad Aiken and Flannery O’Conner both hailed from here. Fascinating artists discover the Savannah muse each year.
Savannah’s charm is something out of a fairytale – it’s the most beautiful city in the nation. We’re not just saying that – Savannah actually earned the bragging rights on this one. USA Weekend Magazine declared Savannah one of the “top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” The New York Times named Savannah one of the “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots.” Conde Nast Traveler picked Savannah as a “Top 10 U.S City to Visit.” Southern Living placed this town as second on its “Best Southern City” list. And Outlook Magazine called Savannah one of the “Top 25 Places to Live and Work.”
When you’re in Savannah, you know it. The City’s character has ripened over time by looking to our heritage – honoring and loving it – then driving change to realize dreams. The gnarled, twisting trees – some hundreds of years old – have witnessed this change, but remain firmly rooted in our community’s history. If they could talk, these trees would spin remarkable tales of Savannah’s past, but they will tell even better stories about what lies ahead at postHaus: FATE 2013.
Keynote Speaker: Friday, April 5 at 7 pm
postHaus FATE 2013 announces that the keynote speaker will be contemporary artist, Tim Rollins http://www.lehmannmaupin.com/#/artists/tim-rollins-and-kos/ Rollins studied fine art at the University of Maine and earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York (1975–7). After graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University (1977 and 1979), Rollins began teaching art for middle school students in a South Bronx public school. In 1984, he launched the "Art and Knowledge Workshop" in the Bronx together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival).
Since the founding of the Art & Knowledge Workshop in 1982, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. have produced allegorical paintings, sculptures and drawings by mining the vast wealth of printed matter - from the popular to the arcane, from the minor to the canonical, from legal documents to comic books (areas in no way mutually exclusive in Rollins & K.O.S.’s view) - which are themselves understood as political allegories.
The group has exhibited worldwide having participated in two Whitney Biennials (1985, 1991), Documenta (1987), the Venice Biennale (1988), the Carnegie International (1988) and in solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (1988); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (1988); Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (1989); Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (1990); Museum für Gegenwärtskunst Basel, Switzerland (1990); Museum of Contemporary Art, LA (1990); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1992). Their work can be seen in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Tate Gallery, London. In February 2009, a retrospective survey of the groups' work opened at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.