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Foundations in Art: Theory & Education (FATE) 2007 CONFERENCE

The 11th Biennial Conference hosted by the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design marks the 30th Anniversary of the FATE organization. Join your colleagues from around the country by celebrating in Milwaukee March 28-31, 2007.

  • Download Conference Timetable (PDF format, includes times for individual sessions and workshops)

Conference Theme – Shift • Connect • Evolve
This conference will center on the ways to be relevant for the new generation of art/design students. The many conference opportunities are intended to help prepare foundations level educators for the shifts that are taking place because of the new student population, the increased use of technology, and the blurring boundaries between disciplines.

The Keynote Speaker, Carol Becker
We are honored that Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty and Senior Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will be presenting the keynote speech of the conference. Carol Becker is the author of numerous articles and several books with many foreign editions. Her book publications include: The Invisible Drama: Women and The Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; and most recently, Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art.

Milwaukee Art Museum
The new Calatrava wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) will be the venue for a Thursday evening conference reception and keynote speaker. Transportation will be provided to take attendees from the Hyatt Regency to MAM. Conference attendees will be provided with a ticket to view the Milwaukee Art Museum collections prior to the keynote speech or another time of their choosing during the conference weekend.
If any attendees desire to view the featured exhibition, Francis Bacon in the 1950s, they will need another ticket that can be purchased for $6. This is the first exhibition to look in detail at this extraordinarily fertile decade in Bacon’s life. It affords the viewer unprecedented insight into the artist’s imaginative powers as well as his constantly evolving sources and techniques. For further information view the MAM website,

Special FATE 30th Anniversary Celebration Session
In addition to the other panels, presentations, and workshops, on Thursday there will be a special lunchtime panel of pioneering FATE members.

As Chair, Ying Kit Chan from the University of Louisville will give the introduction. Professor Chan has put together the panel of presenters. The panelists and their topics are:

  • Jeff Boshart, Eastern Illinois University
    Participation in Professional Associations
  • Barbara Giorgio, Ball State University
    Inescapable FATE: My Relationship with Technology in Foundations Education
  • Maureen Roberts, Ph.D., Philadelphia University
    We Began Over Lunch and Here We Are Again, 30 Years Later
  • Adrian R. Tió, Northern Illinois University
    When Dinosaurs Ruled – FATE’s Early Challenges
  • Phil Vander Weg, Western Michigan University
    Can it be true, 30 Years?: My how things change, or have they?

30th Anniversary Reception
Friday evening after the workshops, MIAD will host a reception to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. Refreshments, anniversary cake, beer and wine will be provided. The recipients of the FATE Master Educator Award and the FATE Emerging Educator Award will be announced at this reception where each of the two award recipients will be presented with a $250 check.

FATE Master Educator Award and FATE Emerging Educator Award
A new FATE Master Educator Award and a FATE Emerging Educator Award will be presented in conjunction with our 30th year anniversary celebration at the 2007 conference. The FATE Master Educator Award and a FATE Emerging Educator Award is supported by an anonymous donor who was motivated by the recent and untimely death of Jeff Link, Vice President of Communications for FATE (Columbus College of Art and Design). The donor made the observation that FATE should have an achievement award to recognize major contributors in the field. All nomination materials must be received by the FATE Award Committee Chair by January 3, 2007. For criteria for section, nomination guidelines, and selection process, please consult Inquiries about these awards should be sent to: Barbara Giorgio, FATE Award Committee Chair, Department of Art, AJ 401, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306,, 765.285.5841.

Graduate Student Forum
Chair John Regan of Northern Illinois University will lead a forum for Graduate Teaching Assistants. He has titled this forum Rocket Fuel: Needs and Concerns of the G.T.A. His colleagues in leading this discussion are:

  • Marco Rosichelli, Arizona State University
  • Patrick Ryan Trimbath, Western Michigan University
  • Joelouie Genus, Northern Illinois University
  • In conjunction with and preparation for the conference, John Regan has started an on-line forum for the Graduate Teaching Assistants attending the 2007 FATE Conference –

    Click here for a complete, searchable list of PANELS & PRESENTORS – listed alphabetically. by session title

    Workshop attendance will be limited to 20 attendees per session. All workshops will be held at MIAD on Friday afternoon. Transportation will be provided to take attendees from the Hyatt Regency to MIAD. Registration for the workshops will take place on-site.
    Click here for a complete, searchable list of WORKSHOPS & PRESENTORS – listed alphabetically by session title.

    Project Swap
    FATE conference attendees have a long history of swapping unusual or successful studio course concepts/projects. We would like to collect these items in electronic form and burn a CD for each person involved in the swap. If you wish to participate in the swap, please send your project sheet as an email attachment in PDF format to Andrea Bostwick at The attachment must be received by March 13, 2007. So as to have a consistent format, title the PDF with your institution, course, and last name.

    FATE Membership
    Panel leaders, presenters, and attendees must be members of the FATE organization at the time of the conference. For more information about the organization, see Taking out a two year membership ($45) at this time will ensure that your membership is active for the 2007 FATE conference. There is a membership form in the registration brochure and also on the FATE website,

    About Milwaukee
    Milwaukee is large enough to provide numerous urban advantages and cultural opportunities, yet small enough to retain the ease and feelings of a hometown. Milwaukee is home to world-class museums such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, which features an addition designed by the celebrated international architect Santiago Calatrava. Nightlife offers all of the diversity one would expect from larger cities. Endless opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment are provided by world-class restaurants, ballet, theatre, opera, a nationally acclaimed orchestra and no less than four theaters dedicated to screening independent film.
    MIAD is working with VISIT Milwaukee to plan this event. VISIT Milwaukee is dedicated to ensuring our guests are warmly welcomed and enjoy an enriching experience in this jewel of the Great Lakes. To find out more about the Milwaukee area see
    Recommendations for Saturday and Sunday activities will be available here on

    About the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)
    MIAD is Wisconsin’s only 4-year independent, coed, professional art and design college, offering a BFA in eleven majors. MIAD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) and North Central Association (NCA). During the conference dates, MIAD’s Layton Gallery will be showing work by George Krause, internationally acclaimed photographer. A juried exhibition of work by MIAD’s foundations students will be in the East Gallery –
    Within walking distance of downtown and the Milwaukee Art Museum, MIAD’s campus is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in an eclectic mix of renovated warehouses, artists’ lofts, theaters, businesses, shops, and restaurants. It is a vital part of an area of the city that has become a destination for both tourists and residents who enjoy the Third Ward’s distinct and unique urban flavor.

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    Conference Dates
    The conference will be held March 28-31, 2007.
    Click here for Online Registration

    Conference Registration Fees
    Advanced Registration $250 due by 3/12/2007
    On-Site Registration $275
    Graduate Student Registration $170
    Single Day Registration $135
    Registration fee includes: admission to all general conference panels, presentation and workshops; admission to the keynote address; admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum collections; transportation to off site venues; two continental breakfasts, two lunches, and three evening receptions.
    If paying by check, make the check out to Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
    Click here for Online Registration

    Conference Hotel
    The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203 is situated in downtown Milwaukee. It is the primary venue for the conference activities. The Hyatt Regency is ideally situated just one mile from each of the off-site venues, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM).
    The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is offering the following conference room rates:
    $119 (single or double)
    $139 (triple)
    $159 (quad)
    Deadline: Reserve your room by February 28, 2007 to receive the conference rate. Rooms reserved after this date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.
    Telephone Registration: Reservations may be made individually through the Hotel’s Reservation Department by calling (414) 276-1234 or (414) 800-233-1234. Identify yourself as a FATE conference attendee to receive the conference rate.
    On-Line Reservations: Go to

    Important note about hotel reservations:
    As of Wednesday, February 28, the discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee has expired. Conference attendees are welcome to continue making reservations at the Hyatt at the conference rate. However, the Hyatt is now completely booked and is no longer available for Friday, March 30. If you wish to make a reservation for Wednesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 29, that option is still available. To do so go to please click on the Hyatt’s link above.

    We are offering the following suggestions as FATE’s overflow hotels. All of the hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. We have put them in order of distance to the conference hotel, the first one being the nearest.

    InterContinental Milwaukee
    139 E. Kilbourn Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Phone: 414/276-8686
    Fax: 414/291-4777

    Hilton Milwaukee City Center
    509 West Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    Toll-Free: 800/HILTONS
    Phone: 414/271-7250

    Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Lakeshore
    916 East State Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Toll-Free: 800/328-7275
    Phone: 414/276-8800
    Fax: 414/765-1919

    Knickerbocker on the Lake
    1028 E. Juneau Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Phone: 414/276-8500
    Fax: 414/276-3668

    Don’t forget that the discounted rate from early registration ends March 12. Register today!

    Ground Transportation
    A taxi ride from the General Mitchell Airport (MKE) to the downtown Hyatt Regency typically costs $20-$25.
    Airport Connection
    Airport Connection offers shared ride, private van and executive car service for travelers using General Mitchell Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee as well as Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) Airports. Airport Connection is open 24 hours per day, every day. They have a staffed desk at the Milwaukee airport, making it very easy to find their service upon arrival. One-way to downtown from MKE is $11 and roundtrip is $20 per person.
    One of the most popular services that they are offering to conference attendees is the ability to pre-book their airport transportation online at a website that is customized specifically for the FATE conference. By allowing participants to pre-register online, they are able to save our attendees time and money. An added advantage is that you are assured that you will have transportation to and from the Airport before you arrive for the conference.
    Use the customized portal to book your ride between the airport and your hotel. By booking in this portal, you will receive an $18.00 round trip between the Milwaukee Airport and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee.

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