dan kelpinger, artist


Dan Keplinger was born on January 19th 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was still born; not breathing at all. In error, the Dr’s mistook Dan for dead, and placed him aside. Dan went over a minute with no air. He revived himself, and as a result of the lack of Oxygen to his brain for such a long time, Dan developed Cerebral Palsy (CP).

At the age of 18 months, Dan enrolled in The Delray School run by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. It was at Delray School that Dan began his education and therapies.

When he turned 6, Dan enrolled at Ridge School; a Level Five special education school based in Maryland.

With the encouragement and support of his mother and family, at age 16 Dan made the leap to a mainstream school called Parkville High. He was completely main-streamed by his sophomore year.

Dan graduated from Parkville in 1993 and attended Towson University in the fall. He graduated Towson in May of 1998 with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Dan returned to Towson in the fall of 2000 for a second B.S. in Art. He has since graduated and now holds two degrees.

Currently, Dan practices his art and participates actively in speaking engagements across the country. Topics discussed range anywhere from “Accessible Arts” to “Overcoming Physical Challenges to Create Success.” A typical speaking engagement includes a screening of the movie King Gimp as well as a “Q&A” seminar following the movie. If you are interested in booking Dan, please send an email with details about the event to dank@kinggimp.com.