Vikan joined the Walters in 1985 as the assistant director for curatorial affairs and curator of medieval art, and served as director since 1994. Before that, Vikan worked at Dumbarton Oaks. His resignation is effective June 2013.
During his tenure, two buildings were renovated, collections reinstalled, several important collections were obtained, an essential digitization program started, and, in 2006, the general admission was eliminated. Attendance rose by 45 percent, according to the museum. Vikan also created a Center for the Arts of the Ancient Americas.
“I look forward to the next chapter in my career, without yet knowing what it will be,” said Vikan, 65.