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Gary Vikan

Gary Vikan  

Dr. Gary Vikan was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013. He now owns Vikan Consulting, LLC. He serves on the Leadership Council of Johns Hopkins’ Brain Science Institute, on the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts of the Salzburg Global Seminar, on the founding Board of Culture Kettle in Santa Fe, on the Committee for Cultural Policy in New York City, and is a Councilor of the Maryland State Arts Council.

He has been an advisor to the Getty Leadership Institute and Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and was knighted by the French Minister of Culture in the Order of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Vikan received Carleton College’s Distinguished Achievement award and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Before coming to Baltimore, he was Senior Associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.

 

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Using a Hackathon to Foster a More Open and Innovative Organizational Culture

Gary Vikan Using a Hackathon to Foster a More Open and Innovative Organizational Culture

In 2012, The Walters Art Musuem hosted an event that invited the technology and creative communities to work together to build programs and applications inspired by art or to address specific challenges faced by museums. The event gave them some concrete ideas for programs and applications but it also gave them a new way to approach their work.

 

What can science tell us about the art experience?

Vikan_Science_THUMB What can science tell us about the art experience?

Dr. Gary Vikan, Director of The Walters Art Museum, discusses how neuroscience, evolutionary biology and the cave paintings in Lascaux might point to the fact that aesthetics is “hard-wired into our heads.”

 

How do we communicate the instrumental and intrinsic values of the arts?

Vikan_THUMB How do we communicate the instrumental and intrinsic values of the arts?

Dr. Gary Vikan, Director of The Walters Art Museum, talks about the dangers of using economic impact as argument for the arts, the importance of articulating the intrinsic nature of the art experience and how neuroscience might unlock the mystery of that experience.

 

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Gary Vikan How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Dr. Gary Vikan, Director of The Walters Art Museum, discusses how the creation of a culture of shared responsibility and education enables and reinforces change in an organization.