Visual Resources Association Foundation Internship Award

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a Samuel H. Kress Foundation grant to develop an internship program in visual resources and image management. This award will support a one-year pilot internship while the VRAF develops the program and secures funding to ensure its sustainability.

The VRAF and the Visual Resources Association are grateful to the Kress Foundation for its support and for recognizing the potential of this award to foster the next generation of visual resource professionals. The Kress grant programs (http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/main/) support scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century.

The VRA Foundation has formed an Internship Award Committee to implement the new award. Meghan Musolff from the VRA Education Committee, Margaret Webster, from the VRA Awards Committee, and Maureen Burns, a VRA Foundation Board Director have agreed to serve on the committee, with Burns serving as Chair.

During the 2013-2014 academic year the Committee will award $3,000 to a graduate student interested in learning about the field of visual resources and image management. The student will provide 200 hours of service to a visual resources collection at an appropriate host institution. Eligible students will have completed at least 10 credits of coursework in Library/Information Science, Art History, Architecture or Architectural History, Visual or Studio Art, Museum Studies, or other applicable fields of study.

The Internship Award Committee will begin compiling a list of potential host institutions from academic institutions, libraries, museums, or other appropriate professional contexts. A call for institutions that are interested in hosting a visual resources intern will be distributed soon with detailed application information for internship applicants to be released shortly thereafter.

The VRA Education Committee and the VRA/VRAF Boards have discussed the creation of an internship program since 2006, and it is through the generosity of the Kress Foundation and the hard work of many individuals that this idea is brought to fruition. The VRA Foundation Board acknowledges and expresses its appreciation to the following people for their persistent efforts to develop the program: Maureen Burns, Sarah Carter, Sarah Christensen, Erika Church, Carolyn Lucarelli, Meghan Musolff, Julia Simic, Rina Vecchiola, Betha Whitlow, and Beth Wodnick.
The VRA Foundation is excited to be able to support the education and practical training of emerging information professionals through the implementation of this new internship award. For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects, as well as giving opportunities, please visit us at: www.vrafoundation.org, or read the latest issue of our annual report at: http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/2012_Annual_Report.pdf.
 

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