Intersections. Tension. Curiosity.
Artists and educators often find themselves at the intersection of their craft and their pedagogy. Likewise, student learning is bound by curriculum standards and assessment criteria while aspiring to instill wonder and creative risk-taking. Serious play is a balancing act, bridging the mischievous nature of creative exploration, the measurable necessities of education, and the high stakes of what lies ahead.
The 2023 FATE conference is focused on exploring these tensions by sharing the lessons we have learned and the innovative pedagogical approaches developed during this time. What will we take forward with us? What will we leave behind? Together, we can reflect upon these seismic changes, while re-imagining how we can positively impact future generations curricularly and civically. It is an opportunity to expand our understanding of how playful curricula and serious inquiry merge to create a hopeful curiosity for what is to come.
Serious Play: The Work of RMCAD Foundations Students
This year RMCAD will be hosting the 2023 biennial Foundations in Art: Theory & Education conference, Serious Play. The F.A.T.E. conference is a gathering of artists, designers, historians, and educators who share the goal of making the foundational experience in art a springboard for a successful academic and professional life.
This concurrent student exhibition is a selection of foundations student works that represents the structure and mission of the Foundations program at RMCAD. Faculty have selected student works that reflect the high level of design, making, and thinking skills facilitated through their teaching practice. This exhibition celebrates the hard work, ingenuity, and creativity of Foundations students and faculty at RMCAD.
The exhibit’s Closing Reception will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The exhibit will be on display from Monday, April 3, 2023 – Saturday, April 15, 2023 with open gallery hours, Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 15, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MST.
Get to know our host institution:
In 1963, Philip J. Steele founded Rocky Mountain School of Art as a private, for-profit institution in the foothills of Colorado.What has now become Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design has grown at an incredible rate since then, with major expansions to the physical campus, faculty, and programs of study. Now, next to traditional easels and palettes, you’ll also find computers and digital video equipment.
Meet the conference planning team @ Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Jaime Carrejo (he/him)
VP of Conference Planning
Associate Professor, Chair of Foundations + Fine Arts
Assistant Professor, 3D Studios Coordinator
Gretchen Marie Schaefer (she/her)
Special Events, Exhibitions, and Transportation
Director of Creative Programming
Raymond Gaddy, FATE President
Jaime Carrejo, VP of Conference
Libby McFalls, VP of Communications
Shannon Lindsey, VP of Finance
Kariann Fuqua, VP of Development
Meredith Starr, VP of Membership
Colleen Toutant Merrill, FATE DEIA Committee Representative
Casey McGuire, immediate past president of FATE
2023 Conference Statistics
Acceptance rate for sessions was 74%. There were 102 session proposals submitted, 73 were accepted, and 27 were rejected.