About us

FATE IS AN EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION OF EXCELLENCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING OF COLLEGE-LEVEL FOUNDATION COURSES IN BOTH STUDIO AND ART HISTORY.

FATE is a highly active association. If you have a keen interest in networking with others who are involved with the instruction of foundational art courses, FATE may be the organization for you. For over three decades FATE, a volunteer run organization, has been collectively sharpening the methodologies and theories of instruction during the first years of college.

FATE's reach extends throughout art and design programs in independent colleges, university departments, community colleges, and crossover, undergraduate-level high school opportunities throughout the United States & Canada and is represented at most major higher education conferences to promote the goals of the organization. For over 30 years, FATE has grown through its promotion of excellence and innovation in arts foundations.

Biennially, FATE hosts an expansive but immersive gathering of artists, designers, historians and educators who share in the goal of making the foundational experience in art a solid springboard for a successful academic and professional life. Additionally, FATE expands their mission of support to the creative arts educational community by hosting a variety of regional events across the United States, sharing discussion between educators through FATE's Positive Space Podcast and publishing the journal FATE in Review

Foundations courses are an integral part of the undergraduate experience, and should emphasize the importance of developing concepts, craft and critical thinking skills.

Therefore, an Ad Hoc committee of FATE Members created a document for the purpose of setting guidelines for foundations that have received general consensus by members of the organization at the 11th Biennial Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007. FATE is not an accrediting body, these issues are intended to be used as guidelines to help foundation faculty and administration as they strengthen, reorganize, seek administrative support, or as a guide for the development of fledgling foundation programs. They are, in essence, an opinion that has emerged from of our collective knowledge of foundations.

 

FATE statement of inclusivity & Diversity 

FATE works to provide art educators who teach college-level foundations with pedagogical resources, community networking, and professional support while promoting excellence and innovation in curricular development. We are keenly aware of the importance of inclusive spaces that reflect a diversity of people and viewpoints. We seek to promote inclusivity in our conferences, home institutions, and the field as a whole. FATE acknowledges that the concept of inclusivity is not limited to one definition or set of constructs but exists in many forms and contexts. We know it is important to articulate our position of inclusivity in relation to our mission as an organization.

 

For FATE an inclusive environment is one that encourages and actively seeks out participation from diverse voices, especially those who have been historically marginalized. As an institution we stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism and all other efforts to exclude individuals based on identity, socio-economic status, political views, veteran status or national origin.

 

Our inclusive vision seeks to create spaces that welcome diverse individual and group identities with the understanding that multiple voices and perspectives mutually benefit and inform discussions of art, pedagogy and professional practice.

our Board:
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Valerie Hanks / 2nd term
President

Savannah College of Art & Design

fate.valerie@gmail.com

Colleen Merrill /  3rd term
Vice President of Membership

Bluegrass Community & Technical College

fate.membership@gmail.com

Guen Montgomery /  1st term
Vice President for Development

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

montgo@illinois.edu 

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Vice President of Finance

University of West Georgia

fate.vpfinance@gmail.com

Michael Marks /  2nd term
Editor of FATE in Review

Anderson University

michaelraymarks@gmail.com

Vice President for Communication

Columbus State University

mcfalls_libby@columbusstate.edu

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Vice President of Regional Programming

University of North Carolina-Charlotte

j.burke@uncc.edu

Lauren Kalman /  1st term
CAA Representative

Wayne State University

lauren.kalman@wayne.edu

Katie Hargrave /  2nd term
SECAC Representative

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

kathryn-hargrave@utc.edu

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Kariann Fuqua /  1st term
MACAA Representative

University of Mississippi

kariann.fuqua@gmail.com

 
Foundations in Art:
Theory aND EDUCATION
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