Revised and approved by the Board in March 2015—Indianapolis, Indiana


The name of this association is FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) 


A. The purposes for this association are:

  1. To improve coordination within visual art departments and/or schools, and among them;
  2. To identify common instructional curricular concerns at the foundations level;
  3. To facilitate the exchange of information about curricula, resources and methodology;
  4. To improve the quality of the undergraduate learning experience in the visual arts;
  5. To serve as a bond between the many diverse organizations and groups concerned with post-Secondary education in the visual arts.
  6. To increase the level of professional practice for teachers of foundations level visual arts and art history;
  7. To relieve instructors of visual arts and art history of some applied research connected with teaching so that they may pursue more creative work.
  8. To provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary issues in art/design education. 

B. These purposes shall be fulfilled by:

  1. holding the association’s national biennial conference
  2. holding sessions at national and regional meetings;
  3. publishing and circulating news through web-based media;
  4. maintain an association website;
  5. collecting and disseminating information;
  6. providing speakers on subjects of interest;
  7. publishing the "FATE in Review" journal annually;
  8. inclusion of other activities to further carry out these purposes, either alone or in conjunction with other individuals, associations, corporations, or governmental agencies.

A. Individual Membership

Membership in the association may be obtained by paying dues. All paid members are considered voting members, and are entitled to all benefits of the organization. 

B. Institutional Membership

Institutions of higher education and related businesses may join the association by paying a sponsor fee and identifying one individual who will receive annual membership in the association. They will also receive five copies of all association publications as they become available.  

C. Dues, Fees, and Procedures

  1. Individual Membership dues cover a two year period from January 1 -December 31 and are non-refundable.
  2. Institutional Members pay an annual fee that entitles them to one annual membership, five copies of all publications, and other benefits as determined by the board and with approval of the membership.
  3. Individual Membership dues and Institutional Sponsor fees are determined by the Board of Officers, and confirmed by a vote of the membership at the association's biennial conference.
  4. Payment should be made by credit card or checkand in U.S. funds only. Checks returned for any reason shall be subject to a standard monetary penalty in addition to any banking fees. All members shall receive a membership card in acknowledgment of payment; the member's canceled check shall serve as the official receipt.

E. New Members

New members may join at any time during the calendar year, but dues and fees are not pro-rated. New members joining after September 30 of a calendar year will have their memberships calculated from January 1 of the following year. Current year publications will be mailed to new members while supplies last.

F. Renewal of Membership and Sponsorship

Dues renewal notices will be posted in the appropriate September newsletter, with a follow-up first-class mailing in December. Dues are payable by January 10th of the dues year. Members whose dues are not renewed by February 15th will be dropped from the membership roster. Renewal dues paid in advance will be credited to the next calendar year, providing the member is in good standing for the current year.

Fee renewal notices will be posted in the appropriate September newsletter, with a follow-up first-class mailing in December. Fees are payable by January 10th each year. Institutions whose fees are not renewed by February15th will be dropped from the roster. Renewal fees paid in advance will be credited to the next calendar year, providing the sponsor is in good standing for the current year.

G. Conflict Resolution

While every attempt will be made to maintain accurate membership records, mistakes are possible. It is the member's responsibility to notify the Vice President of Membership and provide documentation (canceled checks, photocopied front and back) in order to resolve any conflicts or errors. It is the member's responsibility to notify the Vice President of Finance of any change in address or affiliation. All questions regarding membership shall be directed to the Vice President of Membership.

G. Privacy

Membership rosters are made available to officers of the association, but under no circumstances will membership information be distributed, sold, or traded to any other agency or organization. Members may request information about specific members by contacting the Vice President of Membership.


A. The management of this association shall be vested in the Board of Officers:

  •               President        
  •               Vice President of Finance
  •               Vice President for Communications
  •               Vice President for Biennial Conference
  •               Vice President for Regional Programming
  •               Vice President for Development
  •               Vice President of Membership
  •               C.A.A. Representative
  •               M.A.C.A.A. Representative
  •               S.E.C.A.C. Representative
  •               Journal Editor

B. Election of Officers:

Officers will be elected at the biennial conference business meeting of the association. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominations. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided consent of the nominee has been obtained. The election will be based on the majority vote of the membership attending the conference. Proxies will be accepted if sent in advance of the meeting.

C. Responsibilities:

  1. The board of officers conducts the business of the association in accordance with the bylaws and all applicable laws and rules governing such professional associations.
  2. The board of officers develops and implements activities beneficial to the membership.
  3. The board of officers may enter into agreements with affiliate societies and other related professional organizations.

D. Election of Officers:

Officers will be elected at the biennial conference business meeting of the association. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominations. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided consent of the nominee has been obtained. The election will be based on the majority vote of the membership attending the conference. Proxies will be accepted if sent in advance of the meeting.

E. Terms of office:

Each officer shall be elected for a term of two years or from biennial conference to biennial conference should a gap of other than two years exist. An Officer may serve three consecutive terms in the same office, but thereafter shall not be eligible to hold that office again until one term has elapsed. The terms of officers begin and end at the conclusion of the biennial conference following the election, unless otherwise defined in the bylaws. Past and newly elected Officers are expected to work together to facilitate the transition of on-going activities.

F. Unfilled positions:

Vacancies in the Board of Officers occurring during the designated term may be filled by the Board of Officers until the next election.

G. Duties of the Officers:

1. Duties of the President:         

a. Decide on policy
b. Approve the budget and the program of the association
c. Appoint and staff positions as necessary
d. Review reports from the Vice President of Finance.
e. Prepare a "State of the Association" report to the Board and members.
f. Regularly submit material on activities to the Vice President for Communications.
g. Review materials submitted by other officers and committee chairs or project coordinators for submission to the Vice President of Communications.
h. Oversee and approve the association's conference plans.
i. Provide copies of current bylaws to all officers.
j. Propose changes to the bylaws, which have been approved by the board of officers, to the membership in a time frame consistent with allowing for a vote at the biennial conference business meeting. 

2. Duties of the VP for Finance:

a. Receive dues, fees, and otherwise manage association income in association accounts.
b. Work with the President, the VP for Development and other appropriate board members to coordinate financial activities of the organization.
c. Create reports when requested by the board.
d. Work with the President to submit annual reports to the Internal Revenue Service (federal and state of Ohio), and the President or provide accurate and up-to-date information upon request, given a minimum of 15 working days notice. Upon request, these may be sent to the Board of Officers.
e. Work with other board members to collect and post meeting minutes and reports online.
f. Work with the President to ascertain that the by-laws of the association, as set forth in this document, be observed.

3. Duties of the Vice President for Communications:

a. Solicit material from the Board of Officers and members for distribution. Edit, write, and publish news to be mailed to members in January, May, and September of each year. Newsletters shall contain information about upcoming and recent FATE-related conferences, membership notices, a listing of officers, and other activities pertinent to the purposes of this association.
b. Is responsible for initiating and coordinating all public relations activities that promote or represent the association.
c. Is available to assist and advise on all public relations functions that promote or represent the association’s primary activities and programs (such as the biennial conference and the journal), including preparation of promotional materials, and works closely with affiliate society representatives to support affiliate activities.
d. Provides guidelines for the application and use of FATE identifiers/logo.
e. Maintains the association website with current information about the association, its conferences and other activities, officers, regional representatives, affiliate organizations, and other information as deemed necessary by the board.
f. Prepares and posts annually on the web site and in the newsletter a calendar of submission deadlines and publication dates for the newsletter.
g. May supervise interns or other hired associates, as approved by the board, to oversee maintenance of communication activity, such as the website.
h. Works closely with the Vice President for the Biennial Conference and staff to coordinate the timely dissemination of biennial conference information.

4. Duties of Vice President for Biennial Conference:

a. Organizes hotel and conference site, catering, airline discounts, shuttle services, AV rental, extra- curricular events, registration procedures, funding/sponsorship, technical assistance, etc.
b. Submits plans for the conference to the President for approval prior to publication.
c. Submits a budget to the Vice President of Finance for approval.
d. Appoints conference program director(s) to assist in conference planning.
e. Submits appropriate information to the Vice President for Communications for publication in newsletters and posting on the association’s web site.
f. Publishes and mails conference brochures to publicize the conference.
g. Solicits, organizes, and monitors biennial conference programming.
h. Assembles a "conference packet" of information, which shall include the final conference program of sessions, the agenda for the business
i. meeting, and other information pertinent to the conference and association.
j. Handle all correspondence regarding the conference logistics.
k. Submit a final financial report to the board following the conclusion of the conference.

5. Duties of the Vice President for Regional Programming:

a. Maintain contact with all current FATE Regional Representatives and provide information about their activities for publication on website.
b. Recruit and mentor new FATE Regional Representatives.
c. Advise Regional Representatives on the development and implementation of a variety of regional activities such as forums, conferences, and workshops.
d. Report to the President and the membership at large the activities of the Regional Representatives.
e. Maintain a current roster of Regional Representatives with contact information and provide to the Vice President of Communications for posting on the website.
f. Develops and updates, as needed, a job description/guidelines for Regional Representatives.
g. Communicates periodically with all Regional Representatives to encourage outreach to potential new members for FATE.

h. Possible Additional Responsibilities for VP for RC to be approved by FATE officers:

  1. Provide FATE visibility in all our affiliated conferences by presenting at the affiliated panel. This presentation could be a short presentation at the beginning of each affiliated panel given to affiliate coordinator running the panel.
  2. Recruit new FATE members/Regional Coordinators while at affiliated conferences by handing out promotional material and information on upcoming regional events.

6. Duties of the Vice President for Development:

a. Reporting to the FATE President, the Vice President for Development (VPD) will harness the energy and commitment of the community to build FATE revenues.
b. Internally, the Vice President will collaborate with the President and the Vice President for Communications.
c. Externally, the Vice President for Development will also collaborate closely with members of FATE and the Board of Officers and various funders and prospective funders of the association.
d. The VPD will be a critical member of the FATE management team. He or she must have the ability to represent FATE to a variety of constituencies, and must significantly enhance support for FATE among public sector unders, venture capitalists, foundations, think tanks, high net-worth individuals and businesses. He or she must have the drive, maturity, entrepreneurial spirit and communications skills required to take on the task of securing the financial health of FATE over the next years, and must gain the respect of a broad constituency.
e.The VPD will also be responsible for fine tuning and/or proposing new fund-raising events that engage and excite the FATE community, entice new members to join FATE, and encourage current members into higher levels of support for FATE and its programs, events, publications and services. Emphasis will be centered on major gifts, event-driven donations (through dinners, speeches, symposia, special events and other activities), planned giving; encouraging moderately sized annual gifts from individual donors, regular giving from businesses, and support from governmental and non-governmental institutions. Over time, the development staff can grow in line with the success of FATE.

 7.  Duties of Vice President of Membership:

a. Maintain and regularly update the membership and institutional sponsor rosters.
b. Maintain communication with members.
c. Work with online databases to perform the duties involved with management of the membership including editing of content of member-related forms, receipts and website communication for each renewal cycle.
d.Work with the Vice President of Finance in maintaining the online system to collect membership and institutional sponsor dues and preparation of invoices.
e. Sends a "renewal of dues or fees" notice to members or sponsors prior to yearly membership renewal period and an official notification in December.
f.Submit membership and sponsor address lists in an appropriate format to the newsletter editor, journal editor, and vice president for the biennial conference prior to each mailing.         
g. Serve as association archivist by collecting, filing, and maintaining membership data and memorabilia. This archive is available for public inspection upon request.

8. Duties of the Affiliate Society Conference Coordinators:

 a. Compliance with all affiliate society policies and procedures for:
             College Art Association (CAA)
             Mid America College Art Association (MACAA)
             South Eastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
b. Handle all correspondence between FATE and CAA/MACAA/SECAC conference organizers.         
c. Organize one or more FATE sessions at the CAA/MACAA/SECAC conference.
d. Submit a call for papers to the Vice President for Communications so that timely submissions may be received.
e. Submit conference information, the names of speakers, and their topics to the Vice President for Communications for publication and posting on the web.
f. Submit a summary of the session to the Vice President for Communications for publication.
g. Provide submission guidelines for the "FATE in Review" journal to session panelists and encourage submission to the journal editor.

9. Duties of the "FATE In Review" Journal Editor:

a. Solicit materials from the Affiliate Society Representatives to be considered for publication.
b. Solicit materials from the FATE biennial and regional conferences and from affiliate conference sessions.
c. Provide submission guidelines to Affiliate Society Representatives for distribution to panelists.
d. Work with the Secretary/Treasurer to establish a budget for printing and mailing of the journal.
e. Distribute journals to the membership.
f. Submit additional copies of the "FATE in Review" journal to the Archives (2), the Library of Congress, President, Secretary/Treasurer, and all Affiliate Society Representatives for use as promotional materials (these copies will be for sale at a price established by the Board of Officers).
g. May appoint editorial board, advisory board, assistant editors, and student interns as needed.

A. Meetings of the association:

  1. When deemed necessary by the board, the association may hold a business meeting to coincide with the annual CAA conference to address topics of interest within the organization. Notice of this meeting shall be included in the September and/or January newsletters.
  2. The association shall hold a formal business meeting to coincide with the association’s biennial conference. Notice of this meeting shall be included in the conference brochure and program. This meeting will include: the President's report on the state of the organization, the Vice President of Finance’s report on financesthe Membership Coordinators report on membership, reports on the activities of the CAA, MACAA, and SECAC conferences, the election of officers, selection of the next conference site, and other business as deemed necessary by the Board of Officers or members of the organization.
  3. Special meetings of the members may be called at the discretion of the President or the Board of Officers. Announcement of special meetings will be made through the association’s website, email, or newsletter.

B. Meetings of the Board of Officers:

  1.  The Board of Officers shall meet annually or more frequently as the Board may decide and are open to the public. Due to distance barriers and lack of financial support for travel, it may be inappropriate for the Board to meet in person, in which case, written reports/correspondence shall be sent to each of the Officers. If possible, and when appropriate, use of electronic media (teleconferencing, email, video conferencing) may be utilized to conduct an officers meeting.
  2. Notice of meetings shall be sent by the President to each officer at least one week before the meeting.
  3. Five members of the Board of Officers shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at any meeting of the Board of Officers, either in person or through electronic communication. Written proxies are acceptable if sent in advance of the meeting. If a quorum cannot be present, the meeting minutes will be distributed, and if approved by the majority of the board following the meeting, the results will be utilized to further the business of the association.

A. FATE Biennial Conference Committee (Ad Hoc)

1.  Membership of the Conference Committee will be as follows: the Vice President for Biennial Conference (serving as Chair), President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Development, Vice President of Membership, and the Program Director(s). (The Program Director(s) shall be appointed by the Vice President for the Biennial Conference.)

2. The Conference Committee is responsible for the various duties associated with the organization of the FATE Biennial conference, as outlined below:

a. Vice President for Biennial Conference:

  1. See responsibilities as outlined in Article IV E.4.

b. President:

  1. Oversees coordination of the conference
  2. Approves program and budget.

c. Vice President of Finance:

  1. Works closely with the conference vice president and program director(s) on budget, travel, and programming expenses.

d. Vice President for Communications:

  1. Maintains and disseminates current conference information on the web and in the newsletter.
  2. Assists with promotional materials and publicity.

e. Vice President for Development:

  1. Works closely with the conference vice president and program director(s) on representation for Corporate Sponsorship in support of the conference.

f.Vice President of Membership:

  1. Works closely with VP for Biennial Conference, Program Directors, & VP of Communications to support membership correspondence.
  2. Ensures Membership is up-to-date for conference admission and assists in conference registration when needed.

g. Program Director(s):

  1. Organizes the panel sessions, AV needs, and keynote speakers.
  2. Submits a plan for the program to the President and Vice President for the Biennial Conference for approval prior to newsletter publication.
  3. Submits a call for papers to the Vice President for Communications for publication in newsletters.
  4. Handles all correspondence regarding the conference program.

B. Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee, appointed by the President is responsible for soliciting names of volunteers for the various elected positions prior to association's biennial organization.

C. Other Committees

  1. The Board may authorize the President to appoint individuals and ad hoc committees as required for special tasks. All individuals and committee members must be members of this association.
  2. The President and Vice President of Finance will be ex-officio members of all committees. 

The fiscal year will be the calendar year.


A. No part of the net income, revenue, and grants of or to the association shall inure to the material or pecuniary benefit of any member or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered in connection with one or more of its purposes). No member, officer, or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the assets of the association on its dissolution or liquidation.

B. In the event of such a dissolution or liquidation, the assets of the association, after payment of debts and obligations, shall be transferred to an organization with federal tax exemption for charitable and educational purposes. The final board of officers of the association shall designate the exempt organization. 


The by-laws may be amended during a meeting of the Board of Officers by a 2/3 vote of the Board.  The proposed amendments will be distributed to the entire Board of Officers 10 days in advance of this meeting.  Votes can be made by proxy. Amendments must receive a two-thirds vote of those returning ballots in the time frame required.


This association will be governed by Robert's Rules of Order whenever applicable, so long as it is not inconsistent with the by-laws or the special rules of this association.

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