D.W. Acker joined Kansas Athletics in August, 1977 and serves as a graphic designer/artist for the department. In his role he is responsible for art work, illustration, graphics, layout, painting, fabrication and installation for sports playing surfaces, plaques, banners, logos, posters, displays, exhibits and signs.
Prior to coming to KU, Acker served as a flight deck plane captain in the U.S. Navy aboard the carrier USS Constellation stationed off the coast of Vietnam. While receiving a bachelor’s degree in fine art, he was an exhibit design assistant at the Museum of Natural History at KU as well as a student assistant in the art and design department. He was a printmaking instructor at Johnson County Community College.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Acker attended Portales (N.M.) High School and later New Mexico Junior College where he played basketball, ran cross country and studied art and design.
He is married to Patricia and he enjoys home remodeling, yard work and painting and drawing.