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Thomas Eaton, Chairperson, Art Department

Thomas Eaton, Chairperson, Art Department

Thomas Eaton, fondly known as Tom, is KCC’s new chairperson of the Art department. With over 12 years of experience, Tom made his mark on KCC as an assistant professor for animation, including developing an animation concentration for the Graphic Design and Illustration major, to name a few of his many accomplishments in the art department.

“I love the community of KCC broadly and I love the students that we have, and the amazing range of talent that we have. They are inspiring. I also enjoy our department and how tight knit the faculty are.”

Tom’s skills stretch into traditional TV animation where he gained experience working on projects for companies such as The Cartoon Network, PBS, and the Disney Channel. He holds an MFA in Digital Media from Lehman College and proudly advised the Kingsborough Animation Club for several years. He also created the Rarebit Animation Festival to feature animation work by KCC students and faculty at the KAM Art Museum, which has grown to include works from the whole CUNY community.

Tom has a penchant for animated shorts, which he enjoys creating for companies and the parents and children they serve. His Sesame Street animated short pieces are fun, bright and fresh takes on engaging children and reconnecting them to Sesame Street characters (viewable on his website,

“In the art department, we have such a breath of offerings right now. It’s great to be able to expose students to the analog, ceramics, sculpture and anything with traditional media, as well as digital media, animation, UX and much more,” he says. “Adding the incredible ideas students have truly brings life to the program.”

Tom is excited to be more hands on with students as the campus approaches in-person instruction again. “I am always learning new things from my students. It’s exciting to get new reference points from them and I’m motivated by their passion. It becomes a positive feedback loop.”