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Visual Resources Association Foundation awards Kress Foundation Grant for 2015-2016 Internship Award

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The VRAF Internship Award Committee is pleased to announce that Meghan McGowan is the recipient of the 2015-2016 internship.

Meghan received a dual BA in Liberal Arts and in Fine Arts in 2012 from Wayne State University. She is currently working on both an MLIS and an MA in history in conjunction with a certificate of archival administration at Wayne State University. She expects to complete this ambitious program in May 2017. Meghan will conduct her internship under the direction of Maria Ketcham in the Research Library and Archives of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She will be engaged in digitizing the photographic material in the archival collection using scanning and metadata standards established by the museum. While the collection contains primarily 8 x 10 gelatin prints dating from the 1890’s to the 1980’s, it may also include color and albumen prints as well as negatives in various formats. The goal is to eventually include these scans in a DAM or CMS in order the provide access to these archival photographs on their web site.

Meghan states in her application, “professionally, I would like to work with multi-format materials that capture the history of historically underrepresented populations. In order to best prepare for a career with audio, visual, digital, and analog materials, I am pursuing an internship to increase my experience with non-manuscript materials. The Visual Resources Association Foundation Internship Award would enable me to hone my skills working with photographs and increasing access with The Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library and Archives. To intern for a prestigious institution while also receiving an award from VRAF would be an incredible honor and privilege”.

The Kress Foundation funded internship provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. The recipient receives a stipend of $3,000 for 200 hours completed at the host site. A professional development component of $1,000 supports conference attendance or attendance at the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient receives a one year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

The VRAF Internship Award is administered by a committee consisting of a VRAF Director as chair, a representative from the VRA Education Committee, a representative from the VRA Awards Committee, and the previous internship recipient. The 2015-2016 Awards Committee includes VRAF Director Margaret Webster; VRA Education Committee member Meghan Musolff; VRA Awards Committee member Melissa Brown; and VRAF Internship recipient Gabriella Karl-Johnson.  

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, and its mission, projects, and giving opportunities, please visit us at: www.vrafoundation.org, or read the latest issue of our annual report at: http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/2013_Annual_Report.pdf

Margaret N. Webster

Ithaca, NY

VRAF Director



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