Apr 2

Carleton in the Capital Museum Event with Gary Vikan '67

Join us at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore on Friday, April 2nd for a special reception and lecture with Walters Director Dr. Gary Vikan, Carleton Class of 1967!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 pm / Walters Art Museum

Join us at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore on
Friday, April 2nd
for a special reception and lecture with
Walters Director Dr. Gary Vikan, Carleton Class of 1967!


5:00 – 6:00 pm: Carleton Reception with Dr. Vikan (wine and cheese) 
6:00 – 6:45 pm: The Shroud of Turin: Lecture by Dr. Vikan and Q&A
6:45 pm onwards: Join the Walters’ First Friday event, “Silk Road,” which features music, Karaoke, and cocktails!

There is no charge for this event.  

Please RSVP by FRIDAY, MARCH 26 to Nicole Vikan '98. You may join us at any point in the evening, but please let us know when to expect you. Friends and family are welcome, as always!


The Walters is located at 600 North Charles Street. The main entrance is located on Centre Street near the corner of Centre and Cathedral streets. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION from DC to Baltimore: Take the MARC Train from Union Station. For $7, you can get to Baltimore in an hour. We suggest the 3:25 departure, which arrives in Baltimore at 4:25. From Baltimore’s Penn Station, you can walk to the Walters in about 15-20 minutes, take Bus 11, or take a cab, which will take about 5 minutes. Admission to the Walters is FREE, so you can visit the galleries prior to the reception. 

The last MARC train back to DC leaves Baltimore Penn Station at 9:15 pm and arrives in DC at 10:10 pm.

See for
the full schedule.

DRIVING from DC: Follow I-95 north to exit 53 (I-395) which is Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Once on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., continue to Druid Hill Avenue. Turn right onto Druid Hill Avenue. Druid Hill Avenue becomes Centre Street. Proceed on Centre Street to Cathedral Street. The Walters Art Museum will be on the left. The public entrance to the museum is located on Centre Street, near the corner of Centre and Cathedral streets.


BIO OF GARY VIKAN, CARLETON CLASS OF ’67: Gary Vikan was named Director of the Walters Art Museum in 1994 after serving as the museum's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art since 1985. Before coming to the Walters, Dr. Vikan was Senior Associate for Byzantine Art Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota, he received his B.A. from Carleton College in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976.

Dr. Vikan's vision was the driving force behind the renovation of the Centre Street Building in 2001, and the contextual reinstallation there of the museum's ancient, medieval, and 19th-century collections, as well as the contextual reinstallation, in 2005, of the museum's Renaissance and Baroque collections in the Charles Street Building. During his tenure Dr. Vikan secured three major collections: the John and Berthe Ford Collection of the Arts of India, Nepal and Tibet; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Collection of South-East Asian Art, and the John Bourne Collection of the Arts of the Ancient Americas; since 1995, he has assembled at the Walters the finest collection of Ethiopian art outside of its native country. Under Dr. Vikan's leadership the Walters has received Mellon Foundation challenge grants to endow six curatorial positions, two curatorial post-doctoral positions, and a conservation scientist. 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.  

An internationally known medieval art scholar, Dr, Vikan has curated a number of the most significant exhibitions in the museum's history, including Silver Treasure from Early Byzantium (1986); Holy Image, Holy Space: Frescoes and Icons from Greece (1988), Gates of Mystery: The Art of Holy Russia (1992) and African Zion: The Sacred Art of Ethiopia (1993). Trained as a Byzantinist, he has published and lectured extensively on topics as varied as early Christian pilgrimage, medicine and magic, icons, the Shroud of Turin, neuroscience and aesthetics, and Elvis Presley. His most recent book, Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art, will be published in 2010 by Dumbarton Oaks; he is currently working on a book-length study entitle Pilgrimage to Graceland. 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.   

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. In 1999, he was the American Association of Museum Directors' representative to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. He has served or is currently serving on a number of boards, including Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors' Association, and St. Timothy's School. He currently serves on advisory boards for the Getty Leadership Institute and the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.  

Sponsored by Carleton Clubs. Contact: Jeanne Estrem