Art educators focusing on idea-sharing at TROY

Posted: Friday, 16 April 2010

TROY—A number of art professors from throughout the South are sharing ideas and better practices during a Troy University-hosted conference this weekend.

FATE ProjectShare, which begins today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Troy, is bringing together about 35 collegiate art foundation teachers through Saturday to find ways of giving students a secure footing in art programs, said Pamela Allen, an associate professor of art and design in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and FATE regional director.

FATE – Foundations in Art: Theory and Education -- is a national organization for upcoming and master art professors who are concerned about the basic programs in art. Those basic programs usually teach drawing, two- and three-dimensional design and sometimes 4-D design.

“This is the first time we’ve done this conference, and it’s a way of getting together and sharing ideas and better practices,” Allen said. “We look for methods that help everyone be very secure in their art programs.”

Keynoting the opening session is Mary Stewart, the Foundations Program director at Florida State University. Co-founder of Integrative Teaching Thinktank, a national organization devoted to strengthening college-level teaching, she received the 2009 Master Educator Award from FATE and the National Council of Arts Administrators Award of Distinction in 2008.

On Saturday, four sessions will concentrate on drawing and life drawing, 2D design and color, art appreciation and art history, and 3D and 4D Design. The day will be highlighted by a reception and the exhibit “Cursorial” by Scott Betz in Malone Gallery.

FATE president Scott Betz, an associate professor of art at Winston-Salem State University, holds the master of fine arts degree from the University of Tennessee and studied at the Alliance Francaise in Paris, France. His artwork has been in more than 100 exhibitions in Australia, England, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates, as well as across the United States. He was a 2005 award winner in both the World Council for the Arts, 2nd International Exhibition in San Francisco and the National Halpert Biennial Art Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Arts in Boone, N.C. He was the recipient of the Hemmingway Faculty Vitality Award and nominated for the Silver Crest Master Teacher Award in 2004.