OICA welcomes New Instructor

by Feb 22, 2011A&E, Front Page0 comments

     This spring semester brought many new starts at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College’s fine arts program, including Brian Kane, OICA’s new program instructor.

Brian Kane, new program instructor for Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, assists student Samantha Newhouse with a class project. (Rose Hooper Garrett/SCC)

     “We are pleased to have someone of Brian’s caliber and professional background joining our program,” said Jeff Marley, OICA program coordinator.

     Kane completed his BFA in Spatial Arts at Youngstown University in Youngstown, OH. He went on to get his MFA in Sculpture at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Kane has taught at USC and most recently at the College of Charleston. While in Charleston he helped the Redux Contemporary Art Center organize summer camps for high school students who were considering pursing higher education in the fine arts.

     Kane also brings business experience in the arts to the position. He has worked with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.     Kane is also the owner of Charleston Fine Art Services, his fine art management business.

     “Brian brings a broad spectrum of experiences from education to entrepreneurship to the position,” said Marley. “This type of knowledge is a great resource for our students.”

     Southwestern Community College offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree program at The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts. The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts is located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. For more information about the Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College and the Associate in Fine Arts program, call Marley at 828.497.3945; or on the web at southwesterncc.edu/finearts/