Professional Development Grant

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its VRAF Professional Development Grant program. This program offers two $850 grants yearly, one with a fall deadline and another in the spring. The purpose of the Grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. Grant funds 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 consideration, please submit your spring grant application  no later than April 14, 2017.

If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact Betha Whitlow, The recipient of the spring 2017 VRAF Professional Development Grant will be announced no later than May 1, 2017, and the award money must be used within one year of that date.


  • Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management.  They may include retirees, the currently unemployed, students, and working professionals 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 and meal costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Research expenses

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

Professional Development Award Recipients

Lauren Paustian, Associate Librarian, Leo Baeck Institute
Lauren will use the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

Kanako Iwase, Visual Resources Librarian, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Kanako will use the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

Courtney Baron, Visual Resources Curator, Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
To attend and participate 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.
To support his participation at the October 2014 conference of the Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand in Auckland, NZ.

Sara Piasecki, Photo Archivist, Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
To attend 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
To attend the 2014 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

Heather Lowe, Visual Resources Specialist for the Department of Art, Cal State San Bernardino
To attend the 2013 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.

Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art
To attend the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education’s (ALI-CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration Conference.

Amy Bowman, Photographs Archivist, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
To attend Gawain Weaver’s “Care and Identification of Photographs” workshop

Karen Kessel, Visual Resources Specialist, Sonoma State University
To attend the 2012 VRA Conference and present a workshop on cataloging images of the Art of the Americas

Carrie Salazar, Art Institute of Boston
To attend the 2010 ACRL Conference

Natalie Milbrodt, Queen's College Library Studies Program
To attend the 2010 VRA Conference in Atlanta, GA

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