Vice President of Exhibitions
Kevin Kearns is responsible for the Aquarium's onsite visitor experience, including the overall aesthetics of public spaces, and the design, development and maintenance of permanent and special exhibitions, public signage, graphics and interactive media.
"My first encounters with the ocean were through books and magazines. When I finally reached its shores, it was beyond all my expectations—bigger, more beautiful, more mysterious and more important than I ever knew. I continue to explore and learn about the ocean and now share that learning with the world."
Kevin will also assist with development of the Aquarium's new state-of-the-art Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, scheduled to open in 2019, which will expand programs for students and teachers.
Kevin has created engaging exhibitions for several nonprofit and educational organizations. He led the renewal of Science World British Columbia in Vancouver as vice president in charge of exhibits and facility development from 2003 to 2012. He earlier served as vice president of exhibits at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.
While working for renowned museum design firm Gallagher & Associates, he managed the design, construction and fabrication of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. He also managed development of a traveling exhibition for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, creation of the National Archive Experience, and development of Science City at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Vassar College, Kevin served with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa, where he conceived and developed a program to help street kids reintegrate into the community that included an annual summer science and arts program.