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A MESSAGE from FATE 2017 Biennial Conference Organizers:

The Kansas City Art Institute thankfully acknowledges the efforts and contributions of the FATE Board and the many FATE members, volunteers, and presenters who dedicated their time, energy and intellect to making the 16th Biennial Conference in Kansas City a success.

Through these collaborative dialogues and experiences, the conference continues to fulfill its goals and mission of bringing people together to share ideas, challenge pedagogical concerns, influence future work, and to meet new colleagues and friends.  “Beyond the Core” was a testament to FATE’s community of artists, educators, and scholars, and we are truly honored to have been part of the conference as facilitators and participants.  See you all in Columbus!


Steve Snell & Caleb Taylor

Co-Vice Presidents of Biennial Conference, Kansas City Art Institute, Foundation Department


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FATEs 17th Biennial Conference will be hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio on April 4th-6th, 2019. Conference organizers are now seeking proposals for panel discussions and workshop events surrounding the conference theme

Foundations in Flux Conference

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). 

New to our FATE Call for Session Proposals: WORKSHOPS!

Returning FATE conference participants may be used to a conference schedule full of primarily paper presentations and panel discussions, but for the 2019 conference, we also welcome creative proposals for workshops that can led in place of a more traditional session.  If you have further questions about feasibility in this regard, please feel free to connect with conference organizers via [email protected]

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 18th, 2018 



Submit your proposals for chairing a session panel, leading a workshop, or leading a roundtable discussion & CV to [email protected]Please limit your topic proposals and/or workshop description to 200 words maximum. This submission deadline is Friday, May 18th, 2018. 


Introducing the CCAD Conference Planning Team

CCAD Conference 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.

David Burghy teaches Industrial Design Studio, Drawing for Design, Introduction to Industrial Design, Prototype Construction, SODA Collaboration Studio, modeling techniques and wood sculpture. An artist who works best with a pencil in his hand, Burghy’s preferred medium is wood. Burghy is a design consultant and a designer with engineering tendencies who enjoys drawing, woodworking and spending time with his family. Burghy co-authored the 1998 and 2003 editions of Structural Drawing & Applications and is a member of the IDSA, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Knox County Art League and Licking County Arts. Burghy is a design consultant who enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family. He is the recipient of the 2010 Teaching Excellence award. BFA in industrial design, CCAD, 1989; MEd in art education, University of Rio Grande, 2009. 

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.

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.


MEMBERSHIP POLICY  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. 

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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