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Eileen MacAvery Kane

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Chair, Art

Instructor, Art

Cultural Arts Center, Room 7204


Eileen MacAvery Kane, Instructor of Art since September 2014, has long-standing ties to RCC. She had taught graphic design as an adjunct at the College since 1991, and earned an AAS in Graphic Arts Technology from RCC. She has broad experience in teaching graphic design, typography, digital illustration, digital imaging and web design, as well as in developing curricula and advising and mentoring students.

MacAvery Kane served as Chair of the Graphic Design program at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ. As part of her MFA thesis at Savannah College of Art and Design, she wrote Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide and created a blog that serves as a resource and forum for the exploration of topical and ethical issues in graphic design.  Her teaching positions also include stints at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (online division), Felician College in Rutherford, NJ, Westchester CC in Peekskill, NY, and Empire State College.


  • AAS, Graphic Arts Technology, Rockland Community College, 1981
  • BPS, Graphic Design, Empire State College, 1983
  • SCAD eLearning, MFA, Graphic Design, Savannah (GA) College of Art and Design, 2010

Awards (Selected)

  • Arts in Orange/NYSCA Grant Recipient, “Love Sense” (film), Orange County, NY, 2013
  • Community Solutions Foundation Project Grant Recipient, “Newburgh Youth Art,” 2011
  • Orange County Arts Grant Recipient, “East End Stories,” Goshen, NY, 2010

Publications (Selected)

  • “Fair Use and Foul Play,” Redefining Design, 2011
  • “East End Stories,” Glasschord Art & Culture” magazine, 2011
  • “Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide,” 2010

Presentations (Selected)

  • Visiting scholar, Tshwane University of Technology, Faculty of the Arts, Department of Visual Communication, Pretoria, South Africa, August-September, 2013
  • “Design Cultures: Encultured Design,” 2013 DEFSA (Design Education Forum of South Africa) Conference, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, September 2013
  • “Great Debate Series: Design Ethics & Best Practices,” Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Webex Presentation, 2013

Exhibitions (Selected)

  • Faculty Art Show, Invitational Exhibition, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, 2013
  • Artists in the Parks, Members Exhibition, Bear Mountain, NY, December 2012-January 2013
  • “Singular Visions, Multiple Views,” Faculty Art Show, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, 2012