THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DR. GARY VIKAN AS A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The President today announced his intent to appoint Dr. Gary Vikan as a member the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.
Dr. Vikan of Baltimore, Maryland, is currently Director of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. Prior to assuming the position of Director, he was Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art. Dr. Vikan serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and on the faculty of the University's School of Continuing Studies. Before coming to the Walters Gallery, Dr. Vikan was Senior Associate for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. He has previously served on the National Endowment for the Humanities' Challenge Grant Review Panel and Fellowship Review Panel. Dr. Vikan is the author, editor, and contributor to several books on Byzantine art and is an expert in this field. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in 1967 and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976.
The Cultural Property Advisory Committee was created to advise the President on the import of archaeological and ethnological materials into the United States. It consists of eleven private citizens who are experts in archaeology and anthropology; the international sale of cultural property; and who represents the interest of museums and the general public. The Committee renders the expert advice necessary to review requests from other countries seeking United States protection of their archaeological and ethnographic heritage.