FATE Board Elections will take place Friday, April 7th during Breakfast at the Beyond the Core Conference in Kansas.

Nominations are welcome until this vote takes place. If you or someone you know might be interested in supporting this organization's mission with their creative spirit and engaged drive for advancing the FATE community, please contact FATE President Stacy Isenbarger, fate.stacyisenbarger@gmail.com. 

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2015-17 Board Members found [ HERE ] 


2017-19 Board Nominees

NOMINATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME. Current Nominations are found below. Updates will be made to this site as additional nominations are made.


 Valerie Powell
Valerie Powell

Sam Houston State University

Valerie Powell is an Assistant Professor of Art & Foundations Coordinator at Sam Houston State University in the WASH {Workshop in Art Studio + History} Program. After serving on the FATE board in the role of VP of Regional Programming {2013-2017} where she organized several regional events & assisted in launching the monthly podcast, Positive Space, she is excited to take on more of a leadership role as the FATE community continues to expand diverse programming & opportunities for all members to share foundations pedagogical knowledge. Valerie grew up moving from one side of the country to the other, inspired by the idea of adventure, play and discovery. In the studio, her research is focused on the magical possibilities of shrinkable plastic to explore the intersection of drawing and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited widely across the US and Europe. 

Vice President of Finance

 Casey McGuire 
Casey McGuire

University of West Georgia

Casey McGuire has served as FATE's VP of Finance since 2015.

Vice President for Communication

 Stacy Isenbarger

Stacy Isenbarger

University of Idaho

Stacy Isenbarger is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Foundations Coordinator at the University of Idaho where she was received the 2015 Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence. She has served on FATE's board as President (2013-17) and SECAC Representative (2011-13). She wishes to transition away from her role as president while still playing an active, supportive role on the FATE board. Through this, she will continue to seek ways to innovate and share foundations pedagogies while strengthening a more dynamic, connective community. Stacy Isenbarger’s artworks incite viewers through dynamic interplay between media, space, and iconography. Isenbarger’s work simultaneously investigates ideas and materials, transforming the familiar into forms that challenge our assumptions of our environment and cultural barriers we build for ourselves. 

Vice President for Development

raymond Gaddy
Raymond Gaddy

University of North Florida

Raymond Gaddy has spent the last thirteen years as a professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Florida. At UNF he assisted in the development of the UNF Study Abroad program in Italy for which he earned the Excellence in International Studies award. He also served as Director of Galleries from 2009-13.Gaddy earned his MFA from the University of Alabama and a MA in Administration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He also studied at the Rijksmuseum, as part of the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He has earned numerous awards and grants including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Gaddy is active in many arts organizations including the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission where he reigned as Chair of the Commission for three years. He now serves as Managing Director of the Savannah Children’s Choir. Gaddy has served as FATE's VP for Development since 2013.

Vice President for Regional Programming

Jessica Burke J.B.

Jessica Burke

Georgia Southern University

Jessica Burke (J.B) is a figurative artist that interested in the effect of popular culture on identity and gender politics. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Foundations Program at Georgia Southern University.

She was elected to the national board of Integrative Teaching International (ITI) where she has served as Associate Vice President of Programming since 2014. She has been an active member of FATE since attending her first conference in Portland, Oregon in 2009. She has presented on panels at FATE conferences in 2013, 2015 and will also present in 2017. In the fall of 2016, she was the Co-Chair for a FATE regional conference at Sam Houston State University. Having had this experience, she is positioned to use her practical experience to help others organize, publicize and run regional conferences.  She would love the opportunity to continue working with FATE educators in Regional Programming.

 Bethany Haeseler

Bethany Haeseler

SUNY Potsdam

Bethany Haeseler is a mixed media artist and educator based in Potsdam, New York and Montréal, Québec.  She renders abnormal growths, and cancerous cells through sculptures, illustrations, and installations. When not working in the studio, hobbies include: antique furniture restoration/preservation, long-distance cycling, traveling, reading, cake decorating, and drinking copious amounts of iced coffee.

Bethany earned her MFA from The Ohio State University, and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. Since 2012, Bethany has served as an Assistant Professor of Art Foundations & 3d Design at the State University of New York at Potsdam.  In 2015, she led a panel at FATE, "PostHaus, BauHaus, Who Cares? Art Foundations for Non Majors" that approached different methods of teaching foundations courses that appeal to non-major students as general education credit.  This year, she will be leading a panel "Retooling 3d Foundations; Hurry Up and Wait" that discusses the changing landscape of three-dimensional art and how to teach students to think spatially.

Vice President of Membership 

Colleen Merrill
Colleen Merrill

Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Colleen Merrill is from Cincinnati, Ohio where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Kentucky. Merrill is an Instructor of Art Foundations and Coordinator of Art at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Her academic subject areas of interest include Drawing, Two-Dimensional Surface and Art Appreciation. Merrill’s artwork examines the social, political and geographical associations of handmade fibers. Her current body of work titled Fawn, uses composite forms derived from reconfigured textiles to examine domestic and synergistic relationships. She has served on the FATE board as Vice President of Membership since 2013. 

CAA Representative

Naomi Falk
Naomi J. Falk
University of South Carolina

Naomi J. Falk grew up in the wilds of Michigan and, from an early age, planned to be an archaeologist, a brain surgeon, a heart surgeon, a meteorologist, and travel the world with Jacques Cousteau. None of those worked out, but she did learn to scuba dive, studied sculpture and ceramics at Michigan State and Portland State Universities, and received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, and done residencies in Germany, Iceland, New York, Vermont, and the Faroe Islands. As the current CAA Representative (2015-2017), Falk has presented FATE Affiliate sessions including: “Controversy, Censorship, and Conundrums: Finding Connections in Teaching” and “Embracing the F-word: Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better” and created an archive of previous FATE panels at CAA. In Fall 2016, Falk joined the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor of Sculpture. In her work, Falk contemplates our relationships to place and investigates how physical participation engages a deeper response and a broader understanding of materials, spaces, and relationships.

 Ellen Mueller

Ellen Mueller

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Ellen Mueller is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she maintains an active studio practice and teaches a variety of foundations, intermedia, and capstone courses. Additionally, Mueller recently published a foundational textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (February 2016). 

Having multiple years of experience in teaching foundations and having recently started serving on the Education Committee for CAA, Mueller is well-positioned to represent FATE at the annual CAA conference. She also recently organized a FATE regional conference in spring 2016, and would enjoy applying those project management skills as the CAA representative for FATE. 

Jason Swift

Jason Smith

Plymouth State University

Jason Swift is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Plymouth State University.  He earned his BFA from UNCG, MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA, and EdM and EdD from Columbia University.  Swift serves as Vice President of Development for ITI and served on the PSU Art Department Foundations Task Force where he helped design the new Foundations program and curriculum.  He has published on mentoring contemporary fine art students and issues of change in art departments/schools, exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally, and attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center.  Swift has presented and chaired sessions at FATE, SECAC, and NAEA on topics ranging from program assessment and evaluation to developing de-siloized Foundations programs.  His experience developing partnerships with professional organizations, developing and coordinating conference sessions, and working with scholarly publications gives him the skill and experience to fulfill the responsibilities of CAA Representative.

SECAC Representative

Katie Hargrave
Katie Hargrave

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Katie Hargrave (b. 1985 Chicago, resides Chattanooga, TN) is a professor of art and the Foundations Coordinator at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her MFA in Intermedia and Drawing from the University of Iowa, MA from Brandeis University, and BFA from the University of Illinois. Her work has been shown at DIY spaces, commercial galleries, non-profits, and festivals, including Proof Gallery in Boston; Gallerie Analix in Geneva, Switzerland; the Manifesta Biennial in Murcia, Spain; the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, to name a few. She is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and “Like Riding a Bicycle.”

Jessica Mongeon

Jessica Mongeon

Arkansas Tech University

Jessica Mongeon explores geographic formations, organisms, and natural phenomena through her artwork. She received a MFA in Painting from Montana State University, and a BFA from the University of North Dakota. Jessica was born in Rolette, North Dakota and currently lives in Russellville, AR, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Arkansas Tech University. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, including group exhibitions, “Translating the Intangible,” at 203 Art Gallery in Shanghai, China, and “The Retrieval of the Beautiful” at The Painting Center in New York, NY. Artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center at Tower View, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY. Jessica attended several FATE conferences and presented at the 2013 conference, PostHaus. She participated in ThinkCatalyst events and ThinkTank 9. Jessica recently became an Assistant Editor for the ITI FutureForward publication. 

MACAA Representative

Guen Montgomery
Guen Montgomery

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Guen Montgomery is an interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, printmaking and installation as her primary research tools. Guen received her BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently Guen lives in Urbana, IL, where she teaches art foundations and printmaking at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Much of Guen’s work revolves around her mother, grandmother and extended family who, originally from the Smokey Mountain foothills, now live near the Big South Fork in Scott County, Tennessee. Guen explores gender, regional identity, family mythology, heredity, and popular culture in an effort to understand and detangle the complex woven stories that build our sense of self. Recent works investigate how the narratives that build identity ultimately direct our decisions, which in turn dictate our relationship to each other and the planet.

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