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VRAF awards Kress Grant for the 2016-2017 Internship Award

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The VRAF Internship Award Committee is pleased to announce that Rebecca Pattillo is the recipient of the 2016-2017 internship.

Rebecca received a dual MA in History and an M.L.S. in May of 2016 from Indianapolis University—Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). Rebecca will conduct her internship under the direction of Tascha Horowitz, Manager of Photography, and in collaboration with colleagues from the conservation and curatorial departments at the Indiana Museum of Art.

She will work with the Clowes Fund Collection of Old Masters which includes seventy-eight paintings by Spanish, Flemish, Italian, Dutch, English, French, and German masters. The IMA is embarking on an interdepartmental project to create a new digital publication for the collection that will highlight the history of each piece. This publication will emphasize the conservation history of each work as documented in thousands of images, including X-ray and infrared photographs.

Rebecca will be responsible for working with existing digital image files that either lack or contain problematic metadata. She will collaborate with Conservation, Photography, and Archives staff to determine relevant and appropriate metadata standards. The digital files, with newly revised and edited metadata, will then be ingested into the IMA’s digital asset management system. Art historians contributing to the new catalog will work from these files; the revised metadata will provide crucial information for their historical analysis and conservation descriptions.

Rebecca states in her application, “When I approached the IMA about the possibility of completing a project as a VRAF intern, representatives from Curatorial, Conservation, Photography, and Archives came together and realized that a VRAF intern could make an important contribution to the Clowes Collection catalog by preparing digital image files for inclusion in the publication. During my graduate career I had the opportunity to work with IMA Archives on a large scale digitization project. This experience gave me knowledge of and a newfound appreciation for archival metadata. The proposed VRAF project will give me the chance to expand on my knowledge and skills in metadata creation to include the needs of multiple disciplines within the museum profession (Photography, Curatorial, Conservation)”.

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 consists 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 2016-2017 Awards Committee includes VRAF Director Margaret Webster; VRA Education Committee member Meghan Musolff; VRA Awards Committee member Linda Callahan; and VRAF Internship recipient Meghan McGowan.  

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/2014-15_VRAF_AnnualReport.pdf.

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