Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Wed 19 Oct - Sun 23 Oct, 2011

Gary Vikan Gary Vikan (Faculty)

Country/Region: USA

Vikan Consulting LLC

Director, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, United States

Biography:
Gary Vikan currently serves as director of the Walters Art Museum. Dr. Vikan's vision was the driving force behind the renovation of the Centre Street Building in 2001, and the contextual reinstallation of the museum's ancient, medieval, and 19th-century collections. During his tenure Dr. Vikan secured three major collections, and has assembled at the Walters the finest collection of Ethiopian art outside of its native country. Two hallmarks of his directorship have been the change in the Walters' name from "gallery" to "museum" in 2000 and, in 2006, the elimination of its general admission fee.
In 1999 Dr. Vikan was appointed by President Clinton to his Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a post he held until 2003. He was honored by the French Minister of Culture and Communication with Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in 2000, and currently serves on advisory boards for the Getty Leadership Institute and the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.
Trained as a Byzantinist, he has published and lectured extensively on topics as varied as early Christian pilgrimage, medicine and magic, icons, neuroscience and aesthetics, and Elvis Presley. Dr. Vikan is adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Art History, and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies. A native of Minnesota, he received a B.A. from Carleton College in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976.

Media files from Gary Vikan

"One Museum's Journey"

"One Museum's Journey"