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Thursday, February 20, 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 35th National Biennial conference of FATE, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground"

Indianapolis will be the epicenter for the 35th National Biennial conference of FATE, hosted by Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, March 25 – 28, 2015.  The theme, “Tectonic Shifts: Breaking New Ground,” invites an examination of how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape.

Influences from both inside and outside the studio drive the development of a foundations curriculum.  We are interested in hearing proposals from a broad spectrum of studio artists and academics who have an interest in foundation studies.  How are foundation faculty and programs breaking new ground in their teaching practices?  What innovative teaching models and possibilities are forming as we educate the artists and designers of the future?  How has experimentation with coursework shaken up old ideas about how we educate the artists and designers of the future? 

Proposals are welcome from all who contribute to the foundation experience, including studio and academic areas such as art history and other liberal arts.   Lab technicians, librarians, AP teachers, graduate teaching assistants and other arts professionals who contribute to the foundation experience are also encouraged to make proposals.  Topics are not limited to curriculum development and innovations in studio teaching in regards to this broad-based theme.  We are interested in the ideas that contribute to the ongoing dialogue of innovative teaching practices.

Applicants may submit up to two session proposals, but only one will be selected.  If your proposal is selected, you will be responsible for organizing and managing your session. This includes selecting presenters – either through personal invitation or through our general call for paper abstracts – gathering copy and information about your session for the conference program, and managing your session at the conference so that it stays on track and on time. Each session runs 90 minutes in length, which can accommodate three or four presenters, and allows for an introduction and question and answer period. Approximately 100 sessions will run over the course of the three-day conference.    

All session proposals should be submitted at

Current cv’s are required and may be submitted as a link on the proposal form or emailed as a .pdf to with “yourname_cv” on the subject line.

Session proposals must be submitted by midnight, March 17, 2014

Greg Skaggs
Vice President for Communication

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