FATE’s 17th Biennial Conference Foundations in Flux

was hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio 

The CCAD Conference Planning Team & The FATE board was thrilled to offer a wide variety of opportunities to share your research & skills in the form of traditional panel sessions, more intimate roundtable discussions and hands-on workshops at FATE’s 17th Biennial Conference, Foundations in Flux.

As foundational learning continues to shift and grow, we educators find ourselves reinventing curricular structures to suit the needs of our first year students. We’re in a state of constant flux as we tackle new methods of technique and concept-based learning styles.

But this challenging paradigm offers an opportunity: We can connect with our students on a human level as we navigate through issues in the educational, social, and political realm. At the upcoming FATE Conference Foundations in Flux, let’s dig into the ways we are engaging this new generation of global citizens -- and how we can do that better.  


FATE is committed to being inclusive by encouraging participation from a diverse range of voices within underrepresented identities and communities. In addition, we encourage participation from a wide spectrum within the academic community (high school educators, adjuncts, graduate students, art historians, fine artists, designers, faculty representing rural institutions, community colleges, and those teaching advanced courses). 

Keynote Speaker​


Bevil Conway, announced as FATE 2019 Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 5th 2019

Sheraton, Governor’s Ballroom A

12:30pm - 2pm

Conway is an artist and neuroscientist. He specializes in visual perception often exploring the limitations of the visual system in his artwork. Formerly an Associate Professor at Wellesley College and a Principal Research Scientist in Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT, Conway was educated at McGill University and Harvard University. On finishing his PhD, he was elected Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and spent a year as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany. Conway also helped establish the Kathmandu University Medical School in Nepal, where he taught as Assistant Professor in 2002-03. His laboratory is at the National Institutes of Health, and his studio is in Washington D.C.


(photo credit: Joanna Rathe)

national juried Members Exhibition

 Angela Meleca Gallery, 144 East State St., (one block from the Conference Hotel) 

EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Friday April 5th 6-8pm

Juror: Michael Goodson, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts 

Michael Goodson works as the senior curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and previously worked as the director of exhibitions at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Click here to review the prospectus.


Accepted Artists: 

Almond, Joshua

Crews, Roz

Martin, Gregory

Mason, Noelle

McCann, Robert

McGuire, Casey & Schoon, Mark

Rosichelli, Marco

Simorte, Jessica

Villanueva, Eddie

Wagner, Victoria

Wolf Newlands, Sarah


the CCAD Conference Planning Team

Julie Abijanac received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from CCAD. She currently is an Associate Professor teaching in the Fine Arts, MFA and CORE Honors programs at CCAD. Her professional practice outside of the educational community includes; II International Textile Art Symposium FORTRESS MAN Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia, 8th International Paper Triennial at the Musee du Charmey in Switzerland, FiberArt International 2013 (where she received the People’s Choice Award), and 68th Annual Ohio Exhibition 2012 (where she placed 1st in Fiber/Textiles,). Abijanac is also a recipient of the Capelli d’Angeli Foundation 2013 Artist Grants for woman artist whose work is a response to having and coping with cancer.

Lori Faist received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1989 and earned her Adobe Education Trainer credentials in 2013. Faist is an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign. Faist has taught a variety of Advertising and Graphic Design courses, and is currently team teaching CORE Visual Literacy I and II. Faist created and continues to manage the CORE Studio online curriculum in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Faist is a business partner with Spectrum Image, a Columbus communications and printing firm. Faist is also a freelance designer and print production specialist for an educational children’s book publisher. Faist has co-authored two FreeHand books for Macromedia, Inc and was a freelance corporate trainer for various Columbus companies, including CompuServe, Victoria’s Secret, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company & Affiliated Companies.

Top Row, Left to Right: Julie Abijanac, Lori Faist, Tim Rietenbach

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Jill Moorhead, Jessica Moses, Andrew McCauley

Tim Rietenbach has been making work for the past three decades primarily influenced by what appears to be going wrong, inspiration is now coming at a pace that is impossible to match. As a result, Image, form and material interest have also varied throughout his production. Tim is currently a Professor of Fine Arts, Director of Student Exhibitions and Dimensional Studies Coordinator for Columbus College of Art & Design. He received his MFA in Sculpture from The Ohio State University and his BFA in Painting from CCAD. He has benefited greatly from the generous support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Crane Group and Capital Crossroads. He is represented exclusively by Angela Meleca Gallery.


Jill Moorhead became Executive Director of Marketing and Communications in October 2016 after serving as Columbus College of Art & Design’s Creative Director for 11 months. Her extensive marketing background includes two years as the Wholesale Marketing Director for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and 13 years as Marketing Director of The Hills Markets, where she oversaw all aspects of the brand. Jill is an award-winning writer and was honored in 2015 as the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Emerging Arts Leader. Jill serves as the Board President of Wild Goose Creative and also sits on the boards of Pecha Kucha Columbus and Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Jill received a bachelor’s degree in Interactive Multimedia from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.


Jessica Moses is the Executive Assistant to the Provost and supports the Academic Affairs division of CCAD. She has a B.A. and M.A. in the History of Art from The Ohio State University and is a native of Columbus. She always stakes-out the art or science museum when she visits a new city and loves great record store recommendations. 

Andrew J. McCauley has recently accepted the role as Associate Director of CORE Studio and works as an Assistant Professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design. He has lectured at International and National Conferences including the University of Vaasa, Finland, FATE, and SECAC Conferences, having published such papers as Teaching Quality and Aesthetics of Sustainability and Culture, Values and Justice: The Garden of Symbiosis. Mr. McCauley was the recipient of the 2015 GCAC Artist Exchange Fellowship in Dresden, Germany and has just returned from Xindao, China as a representative for the Columbus College of Art & Design. He continues to take part in national exhibitions while involving himself extensively with developmental organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Society. McCauley received his BFA from Ball State University and was awarded his MFA from CCAD.


All Session Chairs and Presenters must be current members of FATE by February 15th of the conference year to ensure that their sessions and abstracts are published in the conference program. 


Due to the dynamic range of programming, as well as our desire for inclusion, we are not placing restrictions on the presenter/chair/co-chair participation for this conference.  


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.


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. 


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. 


After March 15, 2019 conference registration refunds will not be offered, as payment will have already been submitted to all conference programming. The processing fee for reimbursement will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests should be directed to: 

Conference no-shows

Refunds will not be granted for no-shows (registrants who do not attend the conference).