Ken Krafchek has been a member of the MICA faculty since 1985 and received the Trustee Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. He has served as Acting Chairman of both the Illustration and Visual Communication Departments and helped to initiate the first of their kind interdisciplinary courses team-taught with liberal arts faculty. He has served as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Assembly.
Since 1987, he has placed college students in a variety of arts-based, out-of-school mentoring programs serving children and adults from the local Baltimore community. He served as Coordinator for the "Child First" After School Learning Program (1996-1997) and "SuperKids" Summer Reading and Arts Program (1997-1998). In both instances, he designed and implemented programming for urban youth that incorporated elements of both visual and verbal thinking, problem-solving skills, and visual artmaking. He also recruited, trained, and managed participating MICA student mentors.
As Director of MICA's Office of Community Arts Partnerships (CAP), he supervised its creation in 1998 and led its expansion, developing programs, and initiating relationships at convenings of the national CAP Institute and numerous local convocations of youth-serving organizations. He was nominated for the Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning. He supervised the creation and design of MICA's MA and MFA in Community Arts and currently serves as the MFA's first Graduate Director.
A fine artist and freelance illustrator specializing in magazine and newspaper illustration since 1978, his work has appeared in many prestigious national publications and won awards from numerous professional organizations. He was the founding Vice-President of the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC where he also chaired the program committee and the Club's Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program Series. A 1978 honor graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Illustration, he received his MFA in Studio for Art Educators from MICA in 1995.