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VRA Foundation Awards 2011 Professional Development Grants

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

September 7, 2011

The Visual Resources Association Foundation is very pleased to announce the recipients of the third annual Professional Development Grants. This is the first grant cycle in which two awards are made: one each in categories for an Emerging Professional and an Established Career Professional.

Amy Bowman, recently appointed Photographs Archivist at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, was selected for the Emerging Professional award. She will use the award to attend Gawain Weaver’s “Care and Identification of Photographs” workshop.

The Briscoe Center’s photographic archives contain several impressive collections that include the first daguerreotype photographed in Texas and the historically valuable slide collections of several notable 20th-century photojournalists. Ms. Bowman’s central goal for participating in the workshop is to ensure that she becomes sufficiently proficient in identifying early photographic materials that she can confidently advise her colleagues on the best preservation measures for specific materials.

Ms. Bowman has a Master’s of Information Science from the University of Texas iSchool and worked as Archivist and Digital Projects Coordinator at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Archivist for the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, before beginning her position at the Briscoe Center in April 2011.

Karen Kessel, Visual Resources Specialist at Sonoma State University, was awarded the Established Career Professional Award to attend the 2012 VRA Conference, where she will be presenting a workshop she has organized on cataloging images of the Art of the Americas, providing guidance to colleagues in cataloging materials that may be unfamiliar to them.

With a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree from Sonoma State, Ms. Kessel has been active in the visual resources community since her first position as Art Department Slide Collection Curator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently works as Visual Resources Specialist at Sonoma State University and was the founding chair of VRA's Northern California Chapter. Karen Kessel has been a leader in developing approaches to describing and cataloging images that are not amenable to traditional art history terminology, most notably the products of Native American culture.

Elisa Lanzi, Chair
VRA Foundation

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