by Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun, January 12, 2018
When former Walters Art Museum director Gary Vikan remembers the late 1990s, he gets a little wistful.
It was a time when as many as 600,000 people crowded through the doors of the city’s two largest art museums each year. Local celebrities would hit him up for tickets. Airline employees checking him in for his flight recognized his name.
“Sometimes on Sundays, the galleries would get so full you could barely move,” Vikan said. “It was fun while it lasted.”
Twenty years later, the scene in Baltimore and nationwide is very different.