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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Gary Vikan, a national arts leader, will leave Walters Art Museum

Gary Vikan announced his resignation as director of the Walters Art Museum. (Walters Art Museum)
Gary Vikan, an internationally known medieval art scholar and a national arts leader, announced Tuesday he is retiring as director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

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.

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