Bryan W. Kwapil,
Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions at the
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum,
afloat in New York harbor. Before assuming his current position in June of
2009, Mr. Kwapil held positions with the Great Lakes Science Center in
Cleveland, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Arts Garden, and Conner
Prairie 1836, a period village near Indianapolis.
Rapids native served from 1987 to 1996 as Curator of Collections at the Grand
Rapids Public Museum, where he assisted in management of the Museum’s expansive
collection and the arduous transition of parts of that collection in 1994 to the
Public Museum’s new facility. At Van Andel Museum Center, he was project
manager, curator and script writer for multiple new exhibitions, including
Anisinabek: The People of this Place .
received his undergraduate degree in anthropology and history from the
University of Michigan and masters in museum sciences from the University of
Washington in Seattle. He was a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum
Services from 1988 to 1996 and currently serves as a Museum Assessment and
Accreditation Reviewer for the American Association of Museums.
Mr. Kwapil is
currently principal researcher and curator for an exciting new exhibit aboard
Intrepid, an aircraft carrier which saw distinguished service in World War II,
the Viet Nam War, and as a recovery vessel for Apollo missions. Entitled “27
Seconds” the display centers on the Apollo 1 spacecraft fire that took the lives
of astronauts Roger Chaffee, Virgil Grissom, and Edward White in 1967, and how
important changes to the Apollo program in its aftermath contributed to the
triumph of a successful lunar landing two and one half years later.
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