Gary Vikan

Gary’s considerable experience and success as an arts administrator affords the Future Symphony Institute many obvious benefits. Gary joined the staff of Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum in 1985 as its Director of Curatorial Affairs. In 1994, he was appointed the museum’s Director. His tenure saw many transformative strategic initiatives at the museum that resulted in an impressive expansion of both the institution and its reach. Gary has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including appointment by President Clinton to his Cultural Property Advisory Committee and Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) conferred by the French Minister of Culture and Communication. In support of his strong commitment to Baltimore and the arts, Gary has served on several boards, including Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors’ Association, now Visit Baltimore. He has also taught numerous courses in the Master of the Liberal Arts program of Johns Hopkins University, of which he is a board member.

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