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Award Winners


Nicholas Bonner, Northern Kentucky University

Roz Crews, Portland State University

Shannon Forrester, Mont Ida College

Francine Foz, Truman State University

Kristian Gosar, Adams State University

Alex Hanson, University of Arkansas

Nora Hartlaub, Elizabeth City State University

Rachel Hines, Portland State University

Victoria Hoyt, Metropolitan Community College*

Audrey Hudson, Ontario College of Art and Design

David Janssen Jr, University of Idaho

Ashley Jonas, University of Dayton

Shannon Lindsey, University of South Carolina

Christopher Lowrance, University of Central Missouri

Joey Manson, Clemson University

Sarah Nguyen, University of Central Missouri

Deanna Ooley, University of North Texas

Sage Perrott, Utah State University

Kristin Pluhacek, Metropolitan Community College

Ralph Pugay, Portland State University*

Amy Reidel, St. Louis Community College & St. Louis University*

Stephanie Robertson, Ivy Tech Community College

Heath Schultz, University of Texas-Austin

Justin Shaw, University of Central Missouri

Jessica Simorte, Sam Houston State University

Jenny Ustick, University of Cincinnati

LaDawna Whiteside, Arkansas Tech University

Thanks to FATE Members for all of the above nominations.

*The 3 lucky winners had their FATE 2017 Conference registration paid in full & their membership covered for 2017-18. Special thanks to the FATE membership contributions that made this possible!



















Positive Space is FATE's bi-monthly podcast providing opportunities for those passionate about art foundations to discuss and promote excellence in the development and teaching of college level foundations in art & design studio and history classes.

Positive Space has a phone number: 904-990-FATE. Give us a call & record a message today. 


[ 6.27.18 ] Positive Space sits down with Anthony Watkins, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Sam Houston State University. Watkins discusses foundations effect on Graphic Design, teaching professionalism in his field and inspirations for students.

Anthony Watkins has been recognized by Graphic Design USA, HOW magazine, AIGA, Time magazine online, and numerous other organizations for his work in Graphic Design. He received awards from American Graphic Design and the University & College Designers Association for his work in logo and identity design.

EPISODE 32Michael Marks

[ 6.13.18 ] Positive Space speaks with Michael Marks, Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Program Coordinator at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. Michael discusses the foundations program at Anderson University and the release of FATE in Review.

Michael Marks received his BA from Georgia College and State University and MFA from Clemson University. He grew up in rural Georgia, acquiring his first set of oil paints from his grandmother and building his first AM radio with his father. He has lived most of his artistic life between those two experiences. 

Marks was a co-founder and exhibitions director of the ThreeCitiesGroup, an artist collective active for nearly a decade across the Southeast. Working across a range of materials and techniques, his creative work has been shown nationally and internationally in over seventy-
five exhibitions. He has received several awards and distinctions; including a grant from Vasari Paints, NY; fellowship from Wildacres Foundation, NC; and honors from the SC Art Commission. His writings on contemporary art and education have been published by Temporary Art Review and the Paris College of Art Press. He serves on the board of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) as editor ofFATE In Review, an academic journal focused on foundations education and visual culture. Marks is an Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Program Coordinator at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University.

EPISODE 31Jesse Payne

5.23.18 ] In this episode Positive Space speaks with Jesse Payne, Head of the Drawing Studio and Assistant Professor in the Art & Design Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, based in Doha, Qatar. Mr. Payne discusses the opportunities created teaching at an international university.

Jesse Payne currently serves as the Head of the Drawing Studio and Assistant Professor in the Art & Design Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, based in Doha, Qatar. Dedicated to employing a rigorous craft when amplifying his creative interests and working with a variety of mediums, Payne’s work is a reflection of self-investigation and influenced by the environment, people, and experiences he encounters in his day-to-day life.

EPISODE 30 Positive Space 30 Gary Setzer

[ 5.09.18 ] We discuss creative detours, the mystery of art, becoming comfortable in your own skin as well as the habit/repetition & true courage it takes to make things, with artist & educator, Gary SetzerAssociate Professor, Division Chair of the First Year Experience at the University of Arizona. While exploring the question many educators are asking “Is (should) Foundations be the same for everyone?”, Gary outlines the heart behind the thematic “salad bar” design to his foundations curriculum, which gives students agency, while balancing both craft & content. Each eight week module explores material possibilities while welcoming the value of individual student voices, with this DIY approach to Foundations. 

Gary Setzer’s transdisciplinary practice incorporates performance art, video art, sound, and installation. Enlisting familiar landmarks like the body, the landscape, minimalism, and humor as entry points, Setzer lures his audience into his conceptual framework—a theoretical space centered on our compulsory entanglements with language.

Setzer received his MFA from Ohio University and his BFA from The University of Akron. His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has performed, exhibited, and screened work in venues such as the Arsenale in Venice, The Wexner Center for the Arts, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, Tribeca Film Center, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Mobile Museum of Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Setzer will be awarded the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival this summer, where his work will be on view at the National Art Center, Tokyo. From 2010 until 2015, Setzer was awarded the Louise Foucar Marshall Professorship. This five-year endowed chair position recognized Setzer’s contributions to the field and was funded by the Marshall Foundation. He currently lives and works in Tucson where he is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona.

EPISODE 29 Positive Space 28 Lily Kuonen

[ 4.25.18 ] Experimentation is something everyone talks about, but rarely are practical examples of how to actually implement experimentation within our creative studios/classroom spaces deeply examined.  Lily Kuonen, Associate Professor & Foundations Coordinator at Jacksonville University, discusses her artwork which she describes as PLAYNTINGS (play + paintings) and how the element of playful experimentation has become a crucial aspect of her teaching pedagogy. Lily reflects on projects that encourage play, observation & curiosity while unpacking how leaderships roles in Integrative Teaching International (ITI), FATE and SECAC have informed her overall perspective.

Lily Kuonen holds an MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting from University of Central Arkansas. Currently, at Jacksonville University in Florida, Kuonen is Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work include; Atelier Un, Lacoste, France; Capitol One, Chicago, IL; Overbrook Gallery, Muskegon, MI; McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina; Pearl River Gallery, Jackson, Mississippi; Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL; Bogard Storefront, Charleston, SC; Fahm Gallery, Savannah, GA; and Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR. Her work has been exhibited in numerous national and international group exhibitions. She was FATE's SECAC Representative from 2015-17. For Integrative Teaching International (ITI) board she has been serving in progressive roles of leadership as Associate VP of Programming, as Vice President of ITI, and now as President of ITI. She has received grants including; an Art Ventures: Individual Artist Grant from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Faculty Development and Research Grants from Jacksonville University; an Emerging Educator Fellowship from ITI; an Artist and Work Exchange Grant from the Vermont Studio Center; and a Target Professional Development Grant. She has participated in numerous residencies (including an international residency in Lacoste, France), produced workshops, lectures, and engaged programming. Kuonen also regularly contributes exhibition reviews and interviews for regional publications including BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta, GA. In Jacksonville, she owns and operates Clay & Canvas Studio.


[ 4.11.18 ] This episode was recorded live at the FATE panel at the 106th Annual College Art Association Conference held in Los Angeles. The FATE panel was moderated by Naomi Falk, the FATE CAA Representative.


EPISODE 27David Janssen Jr Positive Space FATE 

[ 3.28.18 ] A very honest conversation with David Janssen Jr., MFA Candidate at The University of Idaho. We unpack the privilege of being an educator, millennial haters & the urgent need to avoid becoming lazy by staying  passionate about all aspects of being an academic. As a current graduate student, David offers a uniquely fresh perspective about classroom dynamics, with a focus on self reflection and empathy.

David Janssen, Jr. is an artist, designer and educator. He is a current 3 rd year MFA
candidate at the University of Idaho who is graduating in May 2018. He is teaching both
foundation level courses in drawing and design, as well as introduction level courses in
graphic design and typography. David was a FATE Shout-Out Award Nominee in 2017
and presented on the panel “Should Paneling: Mounting Groovy Presentations” panel
during FATE’s Biennial Conference in Kansas City, MO. David earned his BFA in
Drawing and Painting from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan.
David has exhibited work nationally for the past several years and has continued to
carve his path and sharpen his attention to collage, painting, sculpture and
installation. Janssen has accepted his role in the generation of artists pushing
forward concept and material collisions. Cultivating experiences from his life, much
of David's work critiques and comments on masculinity and recently, his text based
work explores the power of words and the residual effects they have on memory and

EPISODE 26 positive Space 26 Chris Kienke

[ 3.14.18 ] Rethinking creativity & being truly open to opportunities - even if they are unfamiliar & across the globe - marks only the beginning of our thoughtful chat with artist & educator Chris Kienke, Chair of the Foundations Curriculum at the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chris outlines how his evolving artistic practice has been informed by places/spaces while teaching abroad in the middle east. In addition, we discuss the state of foundations, advise for emerging educators & the navigating the politics of higher education.

Chris Kienke is a visual artist who works with painting, installation and photography. His current project utilizes iconic visual images of Americana. Ideas about patriotism, citizenship and freedom – are represented through these images, which are themselves reflective of class, race, and gender. They shape our beliefs about what American values are and who gets to share in those values.  Kienke’s work has been exhibited in over 70 shows including recent solo exhibitions at Fuchs Projects in Brooklyn, NY (2016) Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn (2016), the University of Kentucky (2016), the Art Center at the National Central University in Taiwan (2015) and the University of Wisconsin in Osh Kosh (2014). Chris exhibited in the Governors Island Art Fair (2017), Rockford Midwestern Biennial (2014) the 1st Brussels Biennial in 2009 and the Sharjah Biennial in the U.A.E. (2005) His work was included in New American Paintings in September 2009. Kienke has been a fellow at Hospitalfield House in Scotland in 1998-1999 and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2003 and 2007.  His work is in the permanent collections ABN Amro Bank in Dubai, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sharjah Art Museum (UAE) and the United Kingdom National Collection. NY.

In 2015 Chris was awarded the FATE Emerging Educators Award for teaching. Chris Kienke received his MFA from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in 2000 and his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. Chris is on the faculty of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

EPISODE 25 Episode 25 Positive Space

[ 2.28.18 ] Artist, educator & Gallery Director, Shannon Rae Lindsey, reflects on her evolving art practice & how a curiosity of material possibilities has informed her approach to foundations curriculum. In our conversation, Shannon shares practical strategies for encouraging experimentation in the studio classroom, and her passion for the role interdisciplinary collaboration plays within academic gallery spaces. 

Shannon Rae Lindsey received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina and her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the South East as an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation with unconventional art materials and processes. Her work embodies order and disorder to manifest her understanding of entropy. Lindsey currently resides in Orlando, Florida and works as the UCF Art Gallery Director at the University of Central Florida and teaches Two-Dimensional Design courses. 

EPISODE 24 Susan Altman Episode 24 Positive Space

[ 2.14.18 ] A dynamic conversation with artist & educator Susan Altman. We discuss how she has seen education change in her over thirty years of experience in the classroom, projects she is excited about, and the benefits of working at a community college. 

Susan Altman is an artist and educator living in New York City. She is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department at Middlesex County College where she has taught foundations for over 30 years. She has an active studio practice in drawing and printmaking, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum and the Library of Congress.

In addition to her studio practice, Altman’s research interests are in the pedagogy of teaching studio art. She is especially interested in teaching at the community college, and is president of the Community College Professors of Art and Art History, an affiliate society of CAA.  Her research and her passion for teaching is enthusiastically shared with her colleagues and presented at national and international conferences including the College Art Association, FATE - Foundations in Art Theory and Education and The Lilly Conference for Brain Based Teaching and Learning

EPISODE 23Brian Hitselberger Episode 23 Positive Space

[ 1.24.18 ] Awakening students to their passion, while bringing the fullness & honesty of his experiences into the studio classroom, Brian Hitselberger, Assistant Professor in Painting & Printmaking at Piedmont College, reflects on his habits as an artist & his values as an educator. We discuss virtuosity, vulnerability, the value of guest critics & how having conversations with students about tattoos can act as a gateway to discussing symbolic representation. In addition, Brian presents thoughtful & sincere personal reflections on his role as a parent & the reality of being a gay man living in the South. 

Brian Hitselberger is an artist living and working in Athens, GA. His installations, paintings and works on paper explore a variety of themes that shift between subjects and perspectives alternately intimate and immense – occasionally within the same piece. Often working in series, his modestly-scaled paintings and drawings employ detailed mark-making, dense layering and unexpected relationships between form, content and material, yielding works that that strive for optimism without simplicity, and privilege wonder over resolution. His references are wide-ranging, a reflection of the reach of his interests: Caspar David Friedrich, Tantra painting, medieval star charts and Japanese textiles are all referenced, as well as the writing of Annie Dillard, Italo Calvino, and Gaston Bachelard. His work has most recently been exhibited at ATHICA in Athens, GA, Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, GA, the Contemporary in Atlanta, GA, and Cabinet in Brooklyn, NY. Recent visiting artist engagements include the art departments of The University of Georgia, The University of North Georgia, and the University of the South.

He has held residencies at the Elsewhere Artists Collaborative, the HUB-BUB Arts Initiative, and the Hambidge Center for the Arts. He has received funding for his work from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Willson Center for the Humanities, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. He received a BFA in Printmaking from Tulane University in 2005, and MFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2010. He has taught studio courses in a variety of settings for the past decade, and is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Printmaking in the Art Department of Piedmont College

EPISODE 22Meredith Starr Positive Space

[ 1.10.18 ] A dynamic conversation with artist & educator, Meredith Starr, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, The State University of New York (SUNY) Suffolk County Community College. We discuss her recent FATE regional event, staying observant, as well as her upcoming paper presentation at CAA in February. She shares a recent informal experiment she conducted with her Fall 2017 Drawing 1 sections. One section focused on the quality of their drawings-producing fewer drawings while spending more time on each drawing. The other section focused on producing a large quantity of quicker drawings during the semester. It will be challenging to avoid being inspired by Meredith’s enthusiasm, while she offers many tips & poses thoughtful questions about how creativity informs our daily lives as artists & educators. 

Meredith Starr’s art over the past decade has centered around large-scale projects that merge the corporeal with the emotional and psychological parts of human experience. She uses a multitude of media that incorporates an accumulation of marks to explore such themes as desire and memory. Through her site specific installations she hopes the audience will feel engulfed by the art and by their emotion, and will have become a central figure to the artwork itself. 

Meredith Starr lives in New York with her family.  Her artwork has been featured in galleries in East Hampton, Brooklyn, Hong Kong, and the Hague. Recently, her series Repeat Pattern was featured at the SAL Gallery at Long Island University.  Also in the fall of 2017, she gave an artist talk and a co-presentation about teaching creativity with Sarah Kain Gutowski at the SECAC Conference. She is a full time Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College where she teaches Foundation courses including Drawing and 2D Design. 


[ 12.13.17 ] Jessica Mongeon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations at Arkansas Tech University, discusses student habits, using technology in the classroom & strategies for creating inclusive learning environments at a time when social & political issues often alienate many. 

Jessica Mongeon explores geographic formations, organisms, and other 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 has been a member of FATE since 2011. She presented at the 2013 conference, and was a panelist for “Agree to Disagree: A Debate Abating Tag Team Battle Over Skill vs. Creativity” in April. She is also an active member of Integrative Teaching International and SECAC.

EPISODE 20Emily Bivens

[ 11.22.17 ] Unpacking trends in foundations pedagogy, Emily Ward Bivens, professor of Time-Based Art at the University of Tennessee, discuss the benefit of introducing students to performative activities, mentorship approaches that avoid forced or cheesy obligation & the challenge/adventure involved in juggling the role of artist, educator & administrator.

Emily Ward Bivens is a professor of Time-Based Art, and is both the Director of Freshman Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bivens was born and raised in southern Louisiana. Her childhood bedroom was set apart from her family on the far side of an old house under which lived a large colony of armadillos who would root and cavort all night. She studied biology later changing her major to art when she realized that there are limits to what science can explain. Since then she has had exhibitions and performances of her individual and collaborative works in festivals, museums, galleries and washaterias.  Individual work has been shown at Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA and DEMO project in Springfield, IL.  Her collaborative work with The Bridge Club has been presented at Press Street for Prospect 3+, New Orleans, LA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA, The Texas Biennial, San Antonio, TX, Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM and the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Bivens received her MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  

EPISODE 19Positive Space Episode 19

 [ 11.08.17 ] Colby Jennings, Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri State University, discusses time based media, digital tools, the value of international/study abroad programs & practical strategies for encouraging students to move past fear when making art. 

Colby Jennings is an artist working primarily in the areas of time-based media, installation, and performance.  His conceptual concerns currently center on the poetics of social and cultural constructs, normative gender, the politics of identity, and sources of personal anxiety.  As an educator he is focused on digital and time-based arts, foundations through thesis.  Jennings received his BFA from Missouri State University and his MFA from Washington State University in Installation, Digital Arts, and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including in S. Korea, China, Portugal, the UK, Ireland, Ontario, Mexico City, Mexico, Kalamata, Greece, Alexandria, Egypt, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and across the US.


[ 10.25.17 ] Exploring practical tips on how she uses humor as a tool for creative thinking in the classroom, Heather Szatmary, Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, explains why being comfortable with yourself as an instructor can benefit your curriculum development. We discuss current trends in foundations, projects she is excited about & what she has learned from twenty years of teaching.

Balancing an undergraduate degree in architecture and a master's degree in fine art with an obsessive interest in data, objects and language, Heather Szatmary creates data-driven new media and builds metaphorical mixed media assemblages. 

Currently living in Savannah, Georgia, Heather was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has lived in Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; and New York City. For twenty years, she has served as a professor in the Foundation Studies Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a focus on design courses. Her multimedia work has been included in group and solo exhibitions throughout the states including North Carolina State University, Troy University, University of Utah, and the Jacksonville (FL) Museum of Modern Art and internationally in England, India, Canada and Australia. 

EPISODE 17Chung-Fan Chang FATE Positive Space

[ 10.11.17 ] Chung-Fan Chang, Assistant Professor of Art at Stockton University, reflects on her art education in Taiwan, the impact of verbal & non verbal communication in critiques with international students/faculty & shares projects she has developed that are informed by mark making, calligraphy & Chinese characters to encourage students to explore the elements & principles of design. 

Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Chung-Fan Chang’s work employs cultural influence, displacement and spirituality through investigation in painting, works on paper, video, and wall installation. Chang was the 2013-14 Visual Arts Fellow of the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 2016, her works have been presented on the Taiwan Annual, at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the Hongli Cheng Art Museum in Guizhou, China. Selected curatorial projects include Horizon Realm at Tenri Cultural Center in New York, NY (2013), The Bared Sound at Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson, MS (2017), and Shifting Momentum at the Noyes Museum of Art in Hammonton, NJ. Chung-Fan Chang also serves on various boards and committees including the executive board of the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation. Chang holds a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a BFA from Taipei National University of the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey.


[ 9.27.17 ] An honest conversation about staying curious with Thomas Albrecht, Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz. We discuss teaching as a choice & the urgency for real conversations & truthful introspection both in an art foundations classroom & beyond. 

Thomas Albrecht’s performance art projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and internationally, notably at Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Panoply Performance Laboratory (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), Dimanche Rouge Paris, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Performatorio IV in the Dominican Republic, and Satellite 2.0 during Art Basel in Miami.

He has lectured on topics ranging from teaching pedagogy, ritual and performance, and contemporary visual practices in venues such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; School of Visual Arts, New York; Columbia University; the College Art Association, New York; and the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture in Stirling, Scotland. He served as the Menil Scholar at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and served as Vice President for Education for Integrative Teaching International.

He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

EPISODE 15Episode 15 Yasukawa

[ 9.13.17 ] A dynamic conversation about inclusion, diversity and otherness with Allison Yasukawa, faculty, School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts. We discuss practical tips for approaching foundations pedagogy with an eye towards embracing risk taking & building a safe learning environment for all students. 

Allison Yasukawa (MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago) is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. In her studio practice, she explores themes of social encounter, the physical body, and the politics and performance of identity. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at American University Museum (Washington D.C.), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Dak'Art OFF (Saint-Louis, Senegal), among others. In addition to an MFA, Allison holds an MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics and specializes in arts-based language instruction for non-native English speakers and international students. She has held previous appointments at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate visual and performing arts students at the California Institute of the Arts. She has given conference presentations on art-language overlaps in critique instruction, community engagement, failure, and image-based prewriting strategies at College Art Association (CAA), Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Association.


[ 8.09.17 ] Amy Reidel, faculty member at both St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University & FATE Shout Out Award Winner, discusses happiness, community engagement, privilege & practical tips for projects that encourage critical thinking.

Amy Reidel is a St. Louis-based artist who has exhibited work regionally and nationally since getting her BFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her MFA at The University of Tennessee. She has been a resident artist at ACRE (Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) based out of Chicago, the David and Julia White Artists’ colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica and at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis. She has exhibited work at venues including the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis, ACRE projects gallery in Chicago, and the Amarillo Museum of Art. Her work can be viewed online in the curated artist registries and viewing programs at White Columns and the Drawing Center in New York City. In 2014 Reidel was awarded an Artists’ Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and in 2016 the Critical Mass Creative Stimulus award. Reidel is currently a faculty member at St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University, as well as Co-Founder and Creative Editor of All the Art: The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis.

EPISODE 13Victoria Hoyt

[ 7.12.17 ] Victoria Hoyt, Instructor at Metropolitan Community College & FATE Shout Out Award Winner, discusses practical take aways from the FATE conference, strategies for encouraging the habit of observation, self reflection, the value of mid-term evaluations & responding to a wide range of diverse backgrounds in the community college classroom.

Victoria Hoyt is an artist working in her native city of Omaha, Nebraska. More bricoleur than traditionalist, she loves using found materials and accessible craft applications to create works on paper and fabric. Since her daughter Isadora was born in 2014, she is spending a lot of time in fragment-world, or as the artist Lenka Clayton puts it, within “the absurd poetry of time spent with children.” She thinks adjunct teaching is slightly absurd as well, but enjoys her 2D Design classes at Metro Community College very much. Hoyt received her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota (2004) and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012). She has been a fellow at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, as well as an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

EPISODE 12Episode 12 Scott Betz

[ 6.12.17 ] FATE Leadership Award Winner, Scott Betz discusses mentorship, creativity and how teaching informs his ability to lead people both inside and outside of the classroom.

Scott Betz served as President and board member and member of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) for 19 years. In his six years as FATE President, he saw first-hand the major national pedagogical directions of foundation teaching.  During his tenure, he wrote, analyzed, and interpreted two national teaching surveys. Prof. Betz was also the interim director of the Center for Design Innovation, a University of North Carolina center of excellence. In his 28 years of college-level teaching, he has tried and tested a variety of successful approaches. As a practicing art professor who teaches 6-10 courses every year, he sees the challenges of daily art and design instruction. 

His creative research is well known internationally through successful collaborations among media and across a variety of genres including traditional studios, installation, sound and game design. His work has been the basis of more than 100 exhibitions in Colombia, China, Australia, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, Japan, and across the United States. 

Betz joined Winston-Salem State University as an Associate Professor in 2004. He was appointed as the Foundation and Studio Art Coordinator in 2005-07 and as the Art Program Coordinator in 2007-09. Betz was then promoted to Professor of Art + Visual Studies in 2010.

EPISODE 11Positive Space Episode 11

[ 5.10.17 ] FATE Educator Award Winner, Rae Goodwin discusses "Failing Forward" in her own work and how that influences her teaching and interactions with students in the classroom.

Rae Goodwin has worked as an artist-educator for twenty-three years. She began teaching in primary and secondary education in 1994 after earning a BA from the University of Framingham. When she became frustrated with the systems of education, she started her own arts enrichment business, which she ran for nine years before working in higher education. Her mission as an artist-educator has always been to empower individuals through creative expression. Goodwin began teaching on the college level at her alma mater, Winthrop University, where she taught as a TA and then a Lecturer. She moved from the Carolinas to the hills of Kentucky in 2007 to take a full-time position at the University of Pikeville. After two years in Pikeville, she left for the horse country of Lexington, where she still works, as the Director of Foundations and Associate Professor of Art Studio. Currently, Goodwin is also the Acting Associate of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky.

EPISODE 10positive space episode 10

[ 4.26.17 ] FATE Educator Award Winner, M. Michelle Illuminato & FATE Shout Out Award Winner, Ralph Pugay discuss rebuilding foundations at Portland State University, community engagement, creating welcoming learning environments & how to encourage students to be present in the creative process.

Ralph Pugay holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a residency graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Pugay’s honors include the 2014 Betty Bowen Award, an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, and a Portland Pioneer Square Houseguest Residency with Ariana Jacob. Notable solo exhibitions were held at the Seattle Art Museum, Upfor, Vox Populi and FAB Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, among others. Group exhibitions featuring Pugay’s work include the 2015 Untitled. Miami Beach art fair; the Portland2014 Biennial, produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; and Paraprosdokians and Rubber Chickens at the Art Gym. Formerly a visiting faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Conceptual Oregon  Performance School, he was recently appointed the James DePriest Visiting Professor of Art at Portland State University. He is represented by Upfor in Portland OR.

M. Michelle Illuminato is an artist and educator who creates events, public-exchanges, and artworks to help reveal the complicated and often contradictory relationship between people, their culture and the land they live on. She creates dialogue and works in collaboration, often with next question as a way to better understand these relationships.

These activities translate into the classroom, where she asks students to slow down, to notice and to make connections to the people, ideas and issues in their world. Since 2006, Illuminato helped to shape the innovative Foundations Program at Alfred University in rural western New York. As of September 2016 she is turning her energy to creating a new CORE program at Portland State University in Oregon.

EPISODE 9episode 9

[ 4.12.17 ] While in Kanas City for FATE’s 16th Biennial Conference, we had the chance to have a thoughtful discussion about the ongoing choice to live a creative life & the artistic process with Enrique Martinez Celaya, artist, author and FATE’s 2017 keynote speaker. The conversation wanders & explores what it means to be authentic, have artistic success & find happiness in the studio, providing a unique relaxed point of view from this accomplished artist.

EPISODE 8Positive Space Episode 8 folks

[ 3.29.17 ] Get excited about the upcoming FATE Conference in Kansas City, as we discuss unique programming components, art venues, bars, bbq and all things KC culture with Caleb Taylor, Associate Chair of the Foundations Department at KCAI & the Co-VP for FATE’s 16th Biennial Conference and Alexandra Robinson, Foundations Coordinator & Gallery Director at St. Edward’s University, who happily claims Kansas City as her hometown. We reveal information about the Positive Space "Screen Scream Jamboree" events at the conference, where you can meet the podcast team, pitch us your ideas, add your voice to the podcast during our exclusive FATE conference interviews & make your own screen printed T-shirt with our fabulous podcast logo, or screen directly on the conference tote bag! This episode is jam packed with tips for making your conference experience a memorable one!

Alexandra Robinson is a military brat and has lived all over the world but claims Kansas City as her hometown.  Since 2012, she has been living in Austin, Texas and teaching at St. Edward’s University. Robinson is a die-hard Kansas City Royals fan. She is also a wife and mother to two young girls.  Robinson received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati and her BA from the University of Saint Mary in Kansas.

Her work ranges from installation to drawings and she has exhibited work throughout the U.S., including the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO and The Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. Robinson has been a recipient of an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, and Presidential Research Grants and SPICE through St. Edwards University. She is the current recipient of the Delayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction at St. Edward’s University.

Robinson has completed residencies at Urban Culture Project, Jentel Foundation and Brush Creek Foundation. Currently, she is Foundation Coordinator of the Department of Visual Studies and gallery director of the Fine Arts Gallery at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

Caleb Taylor is a Kansas City-based artist and educator whose practice freely navigates the disciplines of painting, photography, collage, and sculpture. He is the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Urban Culture Project, and Ucross Foundation.  His work is published in New American Painting and has been exhibited at national venues including the Nerman MoCA, Grand Arts (KC), CUE Art Foundation (NY), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY), and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (KC). Taylor’s work is collected nationally and is included in the public collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Polsinelli Law Firm (KC). He earned a MFA in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008) and a BFA in painting and ceramics from Northwest Missouri State University (2004).  Currently, he is Associate Chair of the Foundation Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.  

In addition to his studio practice, Taylor is a founding member of PLUG Projects (2011-2016), a curatorial collaboration in Kansas City focused on bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. PLUG energizes artists and the public at large by presenting exhibitions of challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network. PLUG is a recipient of a 2011 Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and Charlotte Street Foundation.  Since opening, PLUG has curated forty-three exhibitions and countless public programs featuring the work of over two hundred national and international artists.

EPISODE 7Episode 7 Stacy Isenbarger

[ 3.08.17 ] We discuss empowerment, mentorship, writing prompts & how to encourage people to play to their strengths, along with all things foundations, with FATE President, Stacy Isenbarger, Assistant Professor of Art + Design & Foundations Coordinator at the University of Idaho.

In this episode Stacy Isenbarger discusses this project and the FATE Members Share. Please keep in mind you must be logged on as FATE member in order to access this linked content. 

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 currently serves as President of FATE. In cooperation with Integrative Teaching International, she created the publication State of Play with Anthony Fontana and continues to seek ways to innovate and share foundations pedagogies to strengthen 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. Isenbarger received her MFA at the Lamar School of Art at the University of Georgia (2009) and her BFA at Clemson University in (2005). 

EPISODE 6episode 6 folks

[ 2.08.17 ] Jessica Burke (JB), Georgia Southern University & Emily Sullivan Smith, University of Dayton thoughtfully discuss the role of a Foundations Coordinator, balancing administrative roles with teaching & the pros/cons of a unified foundations curriculum. 

Jessica Burke (Born in Wichita, Kansas) is a figurative artist and educator living in southern Georgia. She was raised on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons and Little Debbie Snack Cakes. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Burke is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Foundations Program at Georgia Southern University. She is very invested in foundations pedagogy, an active member of Foundations in Art: Theory and Practice (FATE) and she serves as Associate Vice President of Programming on the board of Integrative Teaching International (ITI).

As an artist, she is interested in the affect of popular culture on identity. Her work has been included in competitive juried exhibitions nationally and internationally at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, California; the Élysees Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, France; the Toshima Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; the LuXun Academy of Fine Arts, in Shenyang, China and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York. Her art work is in many public and private collections throughout the U.S., including the City of North Charleston, Seminole State College and the National Living Treasure Museum in Yugawara, Japan. 

Emily Sullivan Smith is an Assistant Professor and the Foundations Coordinator at the University of Dayton’s Department of Art and Design. Having received an MFA from Kent State in printmaking, her studio practice is interdisciplinary and is constructed from a hybrid of printmaking and sculpture. Her work focuses on various permeations of the effects that human behavior has had on the natural world. A quote from John Muir, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” has been at the center of the research. Recent exhibitions include; a solo exhibition, Plight of Abundance, at Alexander Brest Gallery, University of Jacksonville, FL, a collaborative two-person exhibition, Your Place or Mine, at Kent State University in Kent, OhioArmstrong National 2D Exhibition, in Savannah, Georgia, The 30th Annual Tallahassee International, in Tallahassee Florida, Potsdam Prints in Potsdam, New York, where the work received a juror’s award. 



[ 1.11.17 ] Thoughts on Positive Space

Last October, we had the opportunity to attend the SECAC conference in Virginia and the Mid-America College Art Association conference in Ohio and asked participants at the FATE affiliate sessions to consider what positive space means to them. Special thanks to Lily Kounen and Guen Montgomery for inviting us to gather these thoughtful reflections on positive space.  

EPISODE 4Episode 4 guests

[ 12.14.16 ] Carrie Fonder, University of West Florida & Jason Swift, Plymouth State University discuss community engagement, assessing studio projects & art appreciation activities. In this episode we will also announce the FATE Shout Out award nominees & the three winners!!!

In this episode Carrie Fonder suggests the apps Blendoku and Isometric

Carrie Fonder is a mixed media sculptor and educator. Her creative practice focuses on hybrid works that play between two and three dimensions and often include kinetic elements. She holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. As the recipient of a Fulbright Nehru grant, she spent nine months living and making work in India. Currently, Fonder is working as a lecturer in the art department at the University of West Florida.

Jason Swift earned his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1997 and his EdM in 2003 and EdD in 2009 from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He was Artist in Residence for the Curatorial Experiences Program at Maryland Institute, College of Art from 1998 to 1999, guest lecturer at the New School University and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Art Education Leadership Academy in Beijing, China in 2005 and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center in 2006 and 2010.  In 1997 Jason was the recipient of the Amalie Rothschild Award, and in 2005 he received the Enid Morse Fellowship for Teaching in the Arts.  In 2004 he co-founded the Pearl Street Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.  Jason has served as the Director of Exhibition Proposals, Curation and Grant Writing for artHarlem in New York City, a member of the Board of Curators for Visions in New York City: Short Films and Video Group and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Granite State Arts Academy and the New Hampshire Art Educators Association.  In 2016 he became the Vice President of Development for Integrative Teaching International.  Jason has taught at Queens College and Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and is currently Associate Professor of Art Education in the Art Department at Plymouth State University where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in art education.  In his studio and research practice Jason investigates the influence of experiences upon the artist’s visual vocabulary.  His artwork has appeared in exhibitions in the United States, China and South Korea.

EPISODEepisode 3 guests

[ 11.09.16 ] Art professors Jenna Frye and Ellen Mueller have a lively discussion about teaching 4D foundations courses, time management skills and Janet Jackson.

For a further inspirational read in regards to this episode, Ellen Mueller suggests "You Are So Kind to Think of Me" by Allison M. Vaillancourt.

Jenna Frye is a self-described maker, teacher, and joker living and working in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her creative work and ideas about educating artists have been showcased nationally and at several annual conferences including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and The College Art Association. Frye is a member of the full-time faculty at MICA where she also serves as Coordinator of the Electronic Media and Culture program and founded the college's first dedicated foundation student Maker Space: The Make Cool Stuff Lab. You're likely to find her designing nerdy toys and games for her students to learn with, fiddling with the latest techno-crafts or maybe just playing with blocks. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as an MA in Digital Art and an MFA in Sculpture.

Follow Frye as forelock_on_top on instagram [here]

Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media, and corporate management systems. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida, and currently teaches at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Recent artist residencies include Ox-Bow, Ucross Foundation, Nes Artist Residency (Iceland), Virginia Center for Creative Art where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Signal Culture, Playa, and Bunker Projects (Nov/Dec 2016). Mueller has published a foundational art textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (February 2016).

Connect with Mueller on twitter @emueller9 [here]

 EPISODE 2 Episode 2 guests

[ 10.12.16 ] Art professors Chris Ireland and Peter Reichardt have a lively discussion about teaching studio courses online, assessment and the possibilities of utilizing Pokemon in foundations. 

Chris Ireland is an exhibiting artist and educator. Originally from Cleveland, OH. Ireland earned his BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2003) and an MFA in Digital Media at Washington State University (2007). Ireland currently resides in Stephenville, TX where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Tarleton State University. He is the coordinator of the Art and Digital Media Studies programs, and teaches courses in digital imaging and new media. His research is based on representations of family and personal experience through the vernacular of photography. His works have been featured in exhibitions at numerous venues both nationally and internationally, including the Center of Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA), the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), Blackbox Gallery (Portland, OR), Midwestern Center for Photography (Wichita, KS), Artspace 111 Gallery (Fort Worth, TX), and the 500x Gallery (Dallas, TX).

Visit Ireland's Tarleton Art and Digital Media Blog [HERE].

Peter Reichardt (b.1981, Texas) received his MFA from Washington State University in printmaking in 2007 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in drawing 2005. He has exhibited his work across the United States and is a featured artist at Ipso Gallery, Fresh Produce in Sioux Falls. He received an Austin Critics Table Award for his collaborative installation entitled Camp Base Camp in 2010 and was featured in the national publication, “New American Paintings, West 108”, in 2013. Currently he teaches studio art courses in The School of Design at South Dakota State University in Brookings.


Launching the Imagination 5th edition

[ 9.01.16 ] Professor and author Mary Stewart of Launching the Imagination discusses how she came to teach foundations, her teaching strategies and approach to teaching students with little background in art.


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