Ken Klopack has been teaching art in the Chicago Public Schools since 1971 when he received his B.A. in art education from Northeastern Illinois University. He earned a Master's Degree in Gifted Education in 1989 at Northeastern and also achieved a Type 75 Administrative Certificate from Northeastern in 1995. In 2005, Ken retired from CPS and currently works as an art education consultant and a visual artist in acrylics.
Ken has won several awards for his teaching, notably the Golden Apple Award and Kohl International Teaching Award. He was honored as the 1996 Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in Illinois by the Illinois Art Education Association.
Over the last 40 years, Ken has been active in the Chicagoland art scene in events such as the Gold Coast Art Fair and the Hyde Park Art Fair. He has judged painting in the Old Town Art Fair, Chicago's longest running art fair. He has exhibited his work at the New York Art Expo and Galerie Hamptons in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. He has had several solo shows and exhibits in many group shows at local galleries in the Chicago area.
Ken participated in Chicago's COOL GLOBES PROJECT in 2007. He was one of over one hundred artists invited to participate in creating a "Cool Globe". His globe, entitled The Intelligent Earth, was displayed along the lakefront near Navy Pier through the summer of 2007. The globe now resides on permanent loan at Jackson Language Academy, a Chicago Public School. Ken's work is also featured on the website SanteFeArtWorld.
Klopack was a part-time faculty member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in art education and is currently an art instructor at the Clearing, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Ken is also the Chicago Program Student Teacher Supervisor for Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Since 1978, Ken has been the political cartoonist for Nadig Newspapers. Ken's art is featured in the art publications Chicago Art Scene 2000, Crow Woods Publishing, and A Published Gallery, Inner Circle Publishing.
Ken is the author of Show Off Your Art and a contributing author to Best Classroom Practices: What Award-Winning Elementary Teachers Do.