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A MESSAGE from FATE 2017 Biennial Conference Organizers:

The Kansas City Art Institute hosts the 2017 FATE Conference, which will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City Missouri from 4.06.17 - 4.08.17The KCAI Coordination Team is working in collaboration with FATE Board of Directors in creating Beyond the Core Steve Snell (Co-VP for Biennial Conference & Program Director),  Caleb Taylor (Co-VP for Biennial Conference), Steve Whitacre, (Chair in Foundations Studies, KCAI), and Marco Rosichelli (Regional Coordinator) complete the team and share the responsibilities in hosting the 2017 conference. It is a thrilling time to be visiting our community because we are experiencing a cultural revitalization influenced by our flourishing start-ups, artist-directed initiatives, and highly invested makers and designers.  KCAI is a significant force in this revival and many of these leading contributors started in our Foundation program.  The KCAI Foundation Department recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, establishing it as one of the longest operating programs focused on first principles of art and design education in the country. 

The conference theme "Beyond the Core" strives to capture the significance of beginnings and the establishment of creative models that stretch into and beyond the studio.  Your contributions and camaraderie to these matters will add dimension to this discourse that looks beyond the present and begins to build the core to our future.

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FATE's 16th Biennial Conference: April 6th-8th, 2017

FATE 2017 KCAI Logo Beyond the CoreKCAI’s Foundations Department will host Beyond the Core, FATE's 16th Biennial Conference from April 6th - 8th, 2017 at the Intercontinental at the Plaza in Kansas City. There FATE members will gather as leading voices in fundamental art and design instruction and examine place, geography, introspective and reflexive actions, pedagogical values, and the potency of origins across the world.  

Kansas City is a centrally-located destination that features renowned cultural institutions and a flourishing arts community. KCAI is honored to provide a platform where engagements and dialogues focusing on the obligations of core instruction in art and design will be fostered and challenged through questions such as the following:

  • How does one find models for being in the world as artists?
  • How does our investments in fundamental principles transport the next generation of artists and designers beyond the traditional paradigms and beyond the classroom?
  • How is your program initiating collaborations with cultural producers?

Influences from inside and outside the studio drive the development of Foundation programs and their students.  In response to the conference theme, a broad spectrum of artists and academics will examine our reach as educators, and question how we instill world values through Foundation instruction and diverse programmatic structures.   


$345 Member
$210 Student
$230 Retiree

This rate opportunity ends Tuesday 4.04.17 @ Midnight Central Time.


$360 Member
$210 Student
$245 Retiree

Conference registration cost includes breakfast and lunch 4/6-4/8.  You must be a current FATE member in order to register. If needed, please update your membership [here] and then make sure you are logged on as a member before clicking below to submit your Conference Registration Form.


Conference Registration/Information Table Schedule

Wednesday 4.05.17, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday 4.06.17, 8:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 4.07.17, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 4.08.17 8:00am - 3:30pm

FATE 2017 Preliminary Conference Program NOW AVALIABLE

 A .pdf including conference session times, titles, participants and session abstracts (abstracts listed at conclusion of document) can be downloaded [here]. The official program will be shared digitally in early spring with more conference event details.  

Enrique Martínez Celaya: FATE Conference Keynote Speaker

martinez celaya bio pictureThe Kansas City Art Institute and the FATE Board of Directors and staff are honored to announce Enrique Martínez Celaya as the 2017 FATE Conference Keynote Speaker.  Martínez Celaya is an artist and author who, along with training as a physicist, has developed a practice influenced by and in dialog with literature and philosophy.  The KCAI Foundation Department faculty are thrilled to connect Martínez Celaya to the FATE organization and selected him because “he is the exemplary voice to address the multi-faceted conference theme ‘Beyond the Core.’ Martínez Celaya's practice mines the complexities of personal artistic pursuits, and quickly moves past art and design disciplines to better understand one’s quest for meaning in the many reaches of life experiences.”

Martínez Celaya’s work, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, is exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world.  He has created projects for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, and the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, among others.  His recent published writings include On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch (Whale and Star, Los Angeles), Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010, and The Nebraska Lectures (both published by University of Nebraska Press-Lincoln.)   The permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. hold significant examples of his work.  Martínez Celaya is the Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. 

All registered attendees of the 2017 FATE Conference are invited to hear Enrique Martínez Celaya speak on behalf of his practice and extensive research connecting art, education, science, and beyond.  To learn more about his accolades and current projects, please visit www.martinezcelaya.com.

Hotel with conference logo
Conference Hotel 

The conference will take place in the Intercontinental at the Plaza in Kansas City. Conference Room rates have been blocked off and reserved from 4.04.17 - 4.08.17 at a cost of $139 per night for a single or double. UPDATE: As of February 27th, most of the rooms available in the FATE members room block have been booked, but since room reservations may change for others, please still check and see if space is available at this rate or for a rate closer to the $139 booking cost. To reserve your room online, please go [here.]  Click on "Book Now" and then enter your desired dates in order to receive the FATE group rate. Guests may also call the Intercontinental toll free number at 866.856.9717 and reference the group name of FATE 2017 Annual Conference.

The Intercontinental at the Plaza address is 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112. 


Information supportive of navigation to and from the Kansas City Airport & 2017 FATE Conference hotel can be downloaded [ HERE ].

 Integrative Teaching International's Pre-Conference Event: April 5th, 2017


In partnership with FATE, Integrative Teaching International (ITI) will offer a ThinkCatalyst intensive prior to the Biennial FATE conference. This one-day intensive on April 5th, 2017 in Kansas City, MO brings together art and design master educators, emerging educators, and administrators to address thematic issues in undergraduate art education. It employs a mix of facilitated discussions, brief presentations, and social interactions. Lunch will be provided.

The Foundations Core: Evolution and Endurance
ThinkCatalyst@FATE 2017 in Kansas City

Kickstart your FATE experience with an Integrative Teaching International (ITI) one-day intensive, ThinkCatalyst 2017. In depth discussions on pressing issues in foundations will be facilitated by our experienced ThinkTankers. Breakout topics will include:

Beyond our Core Comfort Zones: Dealing with fear in teaching and learning.
Family at the core: Work / life balance for faculty and students.
The core evolves: Making changes, managing change.
Local core, global awareness: The role of Foundations in building global citizens.

Check out the ITI website for details on the breakout topics. These group discussions will function as the catalyst for the substantive collective considerations of various foci related to 21st Century foundations curricula.

Our target audience for this intensive includes:
1. Current MFA candidates in studio art and design, or recent MFA degree recipients, with at least 1semester of Foundations teaching experience.
2. Current PhD candidates, or recent PhD degree recipients, with at least 1 semester of teaching experience in art theory, educational theory, or contemporary art practices.
3. Foundations Coordinators.
4. Emerging Educators in Foundations (1-5 years of experience).
5. Higher Education Arts Administrators and Program Directors

For more information Visit ITI at integrativeteaching.org

In conjunction with the 16th Biennial FATE Conference, the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Foundation Department and KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice (CGCCP) will showcase the FATE Members exhibition titled The Model’s Origin: Beyond the Core. Guest curators Daniel Reneau and Melaney Mitchell for this exhibition are alumni from KCAI. The exhibition reception will take place during Kansas City's First Friday event. FATE conference attendees will have the opportunity to not only attend this exhibition event but the various others taking place throughout town on April 7th.

The intent of this exhibition is to examine and highlight the internal and external influences that propel our art practices. Many times, as we understand the specific origins of thought and location we are able to have even further discoveries as it relates to our own critical thinking and making. Thus, by understanding the origins of our practices, we are then able to model for our students socially, ideologically, physically and in curriculum.  

Get excited about Kansas City! Visit the city [ HERE ] 


MEMBERSHIP POLICY  All Session Chairs and Presenters must be current members of FATE by December 31, 2016 to ensure that their sessions and abstracts are published in the conference program. 

CONFERENCE PRESENTER POLICY  Any participant juried into the conference proceedings is welcome to chair 1 session and/or present a paper during 1 session only.  If they choose to do both, they can do so for the same or different sessions. 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED  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.

MEDIA POLICY  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. 

SCHEDULING POLICY  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. 

CANCELLATION POLICY  After advanced registration online closes, 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.


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