- M.F.A., University of Iowa
- M.A., University of Iowa
- B.A., Augustana College
Kapplinger is an Associate Professor of Art at North Dakota State University where he has taught since 1992. He received his MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1991. In 1998 he founded the department's Printmaking, Education, and Research Studio (PEARS) and continues as director/master printer. He has received fellowships from the Hungarian Multicultural Center, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Woodstock School of Art in New York, and Vinalhaven Press in Maine.
Kent's art has been shown in over 180 individual and group exhibitions. Recently artist Michael Barnes selected two of Kent's work for 'Best of Show' in America's 2012: Paperworks exhibition in Minot, North Dakota. His recent work has been included in East/West: Contemporary American Prints, an exhibition traveling to Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, and Louisiana.
His work can be seen in more than 40 public and corporate collections, including McMaster University at Hamilton in Ontario, Canada; Special Collections Department and Rare Books Room at the University of Colorado, The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University art Museum in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Museum of Texas Tech University, and Northern Illinois University Art Museum.
Kapplinger considers his work collaborative in nature, inspired by authors, reporters, and researchers of environmental and cultural issues interpreted through his own rural-based background. He chooses to work primarily in print medium for its complexity, ease in creating text, and potential for layering color.