VRA Foundation Announces 2020-2021 Internship Award Recipient

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Board of Directors announces the 2020-2021 VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This award was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Miriam Sappington, of Kailua, Hawaii, is the recipient of the VRA Foundation’s Internship Award. She will receive $3,000 to work a minimum of 200 hours in the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Miriam’s work will focus on creating an online catalogue raisonne of Juliette May Fraser, a talented and influential artist in Hawai’i during the early 20th century. Prints and photographs from the artist will be scanned and linked to appropriate metadata from the artist’s own records using catalog management software, and then incorporated into an online image gallery. In this way Miriam aims to facilitate accessibility between cultural collections and community, bringing awareness to multiple narratives and cultivate a shared connection to place.

The Foundation felt the internship was a perfect match for the exact stage of Miriam’s professional journey. Recently accepted into the Library and Information Sciences Graduate program, Miriam’s proposed project for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa will be a valuable asset for scholars, most especially when the difficulty of on site research is considered, as well an invaluable opportunity for her to put to use key skills and practices associated with the visual respurces profession.

The Foundation is pleased to support the education and practical training of emerging professionals through this internship award. This year the VRAF Internship Award Committee received excellent applications for an array of fascinating and important projects which made the selection process difficult. The Internship Award Committee (Linda Callahan, Bonnie Rosenberg, Kristine Clark, and Marcia Focht, Chair) appreciates the careful thought that went into every proposal. We are grateful to the Kress Foundation for its assistance and for recognizing the potential of this award to foster the next generation of visual resource professionals.

The VRAF Internship Award is part of the Foundation’s mission to advance awareness of important issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. VRAF supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience.

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects, as well as giving opportunities, please visit https://vrafoundation.org or read the latest issue of our annual report.