February 28, 2020

Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) announces the Winter 2020 Professional Development Grant Recipient

Meghan Lyon. Photographed by Meghan Lyon © Copyright Meghan Lyon, 2020.

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the Winter 2020 VRAF Professional Development Grant in the amount of $1000 to Meghan Lyon, a MSLIS Student Graduate Assistant at the Pratt School of Information’s Semantic Lab, and a NYARC Web Archiving Fellow at the Frick Art Reference Library.

Meghan Lyon, plans on utilizing the funds to attend the 2020 Society for American Archivists (SAA) National Conference, which will be in Chicago, Illinois from August 3-8, 2020. Lyon will be a co-presenter at a session titled, “Digital Access and preservation in Artists’ Archives: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions”. She will be discussing research regarding the ontology development that supports the Semantic Lab Wikibase, otherwise known as DADAlytics, a prototype toolchain that converts text-based content from images to knowledge graphs. The intention is to make a publicly accessible and community driven DADAlytics toolchain along with the research datasets created by the Semantic Lab and place them on their Wikibase and Github instances. 

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is no longer accepting applications. Please look for another PDG award announcement in the late Summer/early Fall of 2020. This program offers two $1000 grants yearly. This grant can be used to support conference participation, enroll in a workshop, for an online education opportunity, or for research activities. For further information please read the purpose and eligibility below.

Purpose:

The VRAF Professional Development Grant supports professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). Priority will be given to applications that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural heritage information management community; or to applications that can demonstrate that receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region. Please note that recipients of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days following the event.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

  • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., workbooks, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
  • Research expenses

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (For example, a percentage of the grant money/funding taken by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead.)

Application Criteria:

  • A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
  • A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
  • Your resume/curriculum vitae

Past Recipients

Past recipients include Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to attend the 2013 American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration course. Her attendance was crucial in the production of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, an indispensable resource. About the grant, Anne wrote, “The Grant funded a portion of my course tuition and associated travel costs to attend the program. It is my belief that this Grant was also a contributing factor to my receiving a partial-scholarship, half of the course tuition, from ALI CLE that further supported my attendance… Without my attendance at ALI CLE’s LIMA and the VRAF’s Grant support, I would not have been able to make the vital connections to make the Handbook contributors and legal review panelists as robust as they are today.” The Handbook is now available and can be downloaded from the American Alliance of Museums website.

The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and visual information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.org.

Professional Development Award Recipients

Fall 2019
Malkia Okech, Augmented Reality Developer for the Penn & Slavery Project, Penn Libraries Digital Scholarship, UPENN, Philadelphia, PA.
Participate and attend a 4 day workshop with African Digital Heritage in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, Africa

Winter 2019
Claudy Op den Kamp, Senior Lecturer in Film at the Faculty Member Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University
Attended the Visual Resources Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA

2018
Karly Wildenhaus, Research Assistant, Getty Research Institute
Attended Museum Computer Network Conference in Denver

2017
Sali Underwood, Curator of Natural History, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Attended Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in Denver

2016
Audrey Sage Lorberfeld, Account Manager, SocialCode
Attended Library and Information Technology Forum, Fort Worth, TX
Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Resource Archivist and Curator, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University
Attended 2+3D Photography — Practice and Prophesies at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

2015
Lauren Paustian,
Associate Librarian, Leo Baeck Institute
Lauren used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference
Kanako Iwase,
Visual Resources Librarian, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Kanako used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

2014
Courtney Baron
, Visual Resources Curator, Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Attended and participated at the 2015 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Mark Pompelia
, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Supported his participation at the October 2014 conference of the Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand in Auckland, NZ.

2013
Sara Piasecki
, Photo Archivist, Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Attended Gawain Weaver’s course, Care and Identification of Photographs in Los Angeles, CA.
Vicky Brown
, Curator of the Visual Resources Centre in the History of Art Department, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Attended the 2014 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

2012
Heather Lowe
, Visual Resources Specialist for the Department of Art, Cal State San Bernardino
Attended the 2013 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.
Anne Young
, Manager of Rights and Reproductions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Attended the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education’s (ALI-CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration Conference.

2011
Amy Bowman
, Photographs Archivist, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Attended Gawain Weaver’s “Care and Identification of Photographs” workshop
Karen Kessel
, Visual Resources Specialist, Sonoma State University
Attended the 2012 VRA Conference and present a workshop on cataloging images of the Art of the Americas

2010
Carrie Salazar
, Art Institute of Boston
Attended the 2010 ACRL Conference

2009
Natalie Milbrodt
, Queen’s College Library Studies Program
Attended the 2010 VRA Conference in Atlanta, GA