Positive Space: Conversation In Art Foundations



Positive Space is a 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 studio and art history classes.


  • Episode 39: FATE at MACCA

    Episode 39: FATE at MACCA

    17/04/2019 Duration: 39min

    This episode of Positive Space feature interviews with participants in the FATE affiliate session at the Mid-America College Art Association (MACCA) Conference. At the FATE panel, participants were asked to find or think up something that made them uncomfortable and then go do it. Afterwards those participants returned to discuss their uncomfortable situation and what their experience was during and after.

  • Episode 38: Andrew McCauley

    Episode 38: Andrew McCauley

    29/03/2019 Duration: 34min

    We speak with Andrew McCauley, Vice President of FATE's Biennial Conference. He speaks about the upcoming conference, Foundations in Flux and all the events surrounding it, how it's different from past conferences what to do in Columbus.

  • Episode 37: Micahel Arrigio

    Episode 37: Micahel Arrigio

    24/10/2018 Duration: 39min

    How can we encourage students to be comfortable in the discomfort of the creative process? How can we stay energized in a field where burn out is very common? We unpack these questions and many more with Professor of Art and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at Bowling Green State University, Michael Arrigo while attending the Mid America College Art Conference [MACAA] in Nebraska, earlier this month.

  • Episode 36: Libby McFalls

    Episode 36: Libby McFalls

    10/10/2018 Duration: 55min

    Positive Space speaks with Libby McFalls, Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at Columbus State UNiversity. She discusses how to change a foundations curriculum by asking "What are we good at?" how to balance life, art and teaching and her role on the board of ITI.

  • Episode 35: Guen Montgomery

    Episode 35: Guen Montgomery

    26/09/2018 Duration: 01h00s

    Positive Space talks with Guen Montgomery MACAA representative for the FATE Board of Directors. She discusses the changing curriculum at the University Illinois Urbana-Champaign and turns the table on host Valerie Powell.

  • Episode 34: Joshua Brinlee

    Episode 34: Joshua Brinlee

    12/09/2018 Duration: 43min

    Joshua Brinlee discusses his role as Foundations Coordinator at the University of Mississippi, the idea of living in the question and the tenure process.

  •  Episode #33: Anthony Watkins

    Episode #33: Anthony Watkins

    27/06/2018 Duration: 01h13min

    In this episode 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.

  •  Episode # 33: Michael Marks

    Episode # 33: Michael Marks

    13/06/2018 Duration: 38min

    In this episode 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.

  •  Episode # 3: Jesse Payne

    Episode # 3: Jesse Payne

    23/05/2018 Duration: 56min

    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.

  •  Episode # 30: Gary Setzer

    Episode # 30: Gary Setzer

    09/05/2018 Duration: 01h03min

    We discuss creative detours, the mystery of art, becoming comfortable in your own skin as well as the habit and repetition and the true courage it takes to make things, with artist and educator, Gary Setzer, Associate 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 and content. Each eight week module explores material possibilities while welcoming the value of individual student voices, with this DIY approach to Foundations.

  • Episode 29: Lily Kuonen

    Episode 29: Lily Kuonen

    25/04/2018 Duration: 51min

    Experimentation is something everyone talks about, but rarely are practical examples of how to implement experimentation within our creative studios and classroom spaces deeply examined. Lily Kuonen, Associate Professor and 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 and curiosity while unpacking how leaderships roles in Integrative Teaching International (ITI), FATE and SECAC have informed her overall perspective.

  • Episode 28: FATE at the College Art Association

    Episode 28: FATE at the College Art Association

    11/04/2018 Duration: 48min

    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 27: David Janssen

    Episode 27: David Janssen

    28/03/2018 Duration: 56min

    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.

  • Episode 26: Chris Kienke

    Episode 26: Chris Kienke

    14/03/2018 Duration: 59min

    Rethinking creativity and being truly open to opportunities - even if they are unfamiliar & across the globe - marks only the beginning of our thoughtful chat with artist and educator Chris Kienke, Chair of the Foundations Curriculum at the School of Art and 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 and the navigating the politics of higher education.

  • Episode 25: Shannon Lindsey

    Episode 25: Shannon Lindsey

    28/02/2018 Duration: 50min

    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.

  • Episode 24: Susan Altman

    Episode 24: Susan Altman

    14/02/2018 Duration: 36min

    A dynamic conversation with artist and 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.

  • Episode 23: Brian Hitselberger

    Episode 23: Brian Hitselberger

    24/01/2018 Duration: 43min

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

  • Episode 22: Meredith Starr

    Episode 22: Meredith Starr

    10/01/2018 Duration: 47min

    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 I 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 & posses thoughtful questions about how creativity informs our daily lives as artists & educators.

  • Episode 21: Jessica Mongeon

    Episode 21: Jessica Mongeon

    13/12/2017 Duration: 53min

    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.

  • Episode 20: Emily Bivens

    Episode 20: Emily Bivens

    22/11/2017 Duration: 47min

    Unpacking trends in foundations pedagogy, Emily Ward Bivens, Professor of Time-Based Art at the University of Tennessee, discusses the benefit of introducing students to performative activites, mentorship approaches that avoid forced or cheesy obligation and the challenges and adventures involved of juggling the role of artist, educator and administrator.

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