Portrait of a man with short-cropped black hair, a gray goatee, and black rimmed glasses wearing a black jacket and white and red dotted undershirt


Stephen Halko
Dean of Academic Affairs

Stephen Halko accepted a full-time tenure track position at KCAD in 2009, and in 2014 became the Chair of both the MFA and BFA Drawing programs. As a faculty member he served KCAD as Vice President of the Kendall Faculty Association in 2015 until becoming Interim Dean of Academic Affairs in 2019. In the fall of 2021, he accepted the position of Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to teaching at KCAD, he taught at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ; Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Lincoln University, PA; and in the Young Artists Workshop at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Dean Halko started his professional artistic career in 2000. His works have appeared in publications, solo, group, and invitational exhibition formats both nationally and internationally. In addition to creating and exhibiting large-scale works of art that focus on the human condition, he has presented lectures and gallery talks about his studio output. In 2016, he was invited to present his lecture “Visual Thinking; A Strategy for Creating and Contemplating Works of Art” at multiple schools and museums in Shanghai, China. In addition to lecturing, he participated in a collaborative performance with artist YouZhang Chen at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute, SPSI Art Museum.

Dean Halko lead successful accreditation renewals from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). His leadership was instrumental in the formation of new programs at KCAD including the First Year Experience Foundations, Product Design, and Studio Arts, as well as the Natural Science Illustration Certificate. He has assisted with the formation of articulation agreements for KCAD with both regional community colleges and universities.

Dean Halko demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity and belonging as an inaugural member of KCAD’s Presidents Equity Council; his work with Ferris State University’s Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center’s PROMESA Summer Success program; completing the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Institute for Healing Racism, and the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center’s LGBTQ Foundations, Level IV: Make NOISE education for leaders; among many other trainings and certificates. He has volunteered as a one-on-one English as a Second Language literacy coach at the Literacy Center of West Michigan. In 2022, he received a Citation of Merit for his contributions to Ferris State University’s Re-entry and Vaccine and Testing Committees.

Stephen holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and both an MFA and Post-Baccalaureate Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA.