About the artist Thom Kapheim
Thom Kapheim is an educator and prolific artist, having produced art works in many media, designed theatrical sets, and illustrated many books. Thom’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and his work can be found in major galleries as well as private and corporate collections. His website has a partial listing of his exhibitions and collections. www.ThomKapheim.com
Thom is a lifelong resident of Lake County, Illinois. He was born in Waukegan and his childhood home was North Chicago. He graduated from North Chicago High School and went on to Northern Illinois University where he received his B.F.A. in Sculpture and an M.A. in Printmaking and Drawing.
Thom has been always been involved with bringing many art forms together. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Award for outstanding Contributions in Art Education by a Secondary School Visual Art Educator. Thom was involved in creating a new approach to holistic and multi-disciplinary arts education, and the co-creator of a performance-based stage production called “Fusion”. He was given the 1998 Innovators in Education Award, and the project was presented at the ISACD convention and the National Gifted Convention in 1999.
Thom has illustrated many books; to mention a few, his woodcuts were used in a pictorial narrative of The Epic of Gilgamesh, his paintings and pastels were used for editions of Prometheus Bound, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Cicero’s The Red Flare.
Committees and Positions
Thom Kapheim has served on state evaluation committees in arts education, he has taught in secondary schools and at the college level, was elected to two terms on the school board of the Wauconda Unit School District #118, and served as a board Vice-President.