Sam Gappmayer joined the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as director in 2016. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of Peoria Riverfront Museum. Gappmayer has 27 years of experience heading multidisciplinary arts organizations throughout the United States. Prior to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, he worked as the top executive at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho. Gappmayer earned an MA in art history from the University of Oregon and a BA in fine arts from Montana State University.