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Eileen MacAvery Kane

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Instructor, Art

Cultural Arts Center, Room 7204


Eileen MacAvery Kane, joined the Art Dept. full time in September 2014. She has many years of industry experience as a graphic designer and art director as well as teaching graphic design, typography, digital illustration, digital imaging and web design and in developing curricula and advising and mentoring students.

As part of her MFA thesis at Savannah College of Art and Design, MacAvery 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 include stints serving as Chair of Graphic Design at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, 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)

  • Fulbright-Hays, Exploring United States & Poland Contemporary Relations, 2018
  • Perkins Grant Recipient, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Leadership Academy Award for Learning Action Plan, 1st Place, May 2018
  • CETL, Celebration of RCC Creativity Award, Creativity in the Visual Arts, April 2017
  • TOEP (Tools of Engagement), Second Place Award Winner, Best Peer Mentoring and Support, 2016 and 2017
  • NYSCA Grant Recipient—The Ghosts We Live With, Orange County, NY 2016
  • 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)

  • CAA Conversations Podcast, Ethics and Graphic Design, May 2018, Oct. 2017
  • COIL Global Learning Conference 2018, “Student Voices”
    COILing Across Continents: Suffern, NY to Pretoria, South Africa and Monterrey, Mexico
    New York, NY, Mar. 16-17, 2018
  • Global Learning Conference, “Transcending Boundaries Through COIL”, Building Bridges Between Cultures through Graphic Design Advocacy, Chicago, IL, Oct. 29–31, 2017
  • FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education)
    Inspiring Graphic Design Advocacy and Cultural Awareness, Kansas City, MO, April 6–April 8, 2017
  • COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Conference, Presentation: Building Bridges Between Cultures through Graphic Design Advocacy, New York, NY, April 25, 2016
  • AIGA Design Educators Conference, New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, Panel Presentation: Intersections with Global Communities, Portland, Oregon, September 11–13, 2014
  • 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

Exhibitions (Selected)

  • Faculty Art Show, Invitational Exhibition, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, 2013