Southern California

Modernist library building

VRA SoCal Summer 2017 Chapter Meeting. The Leo F. Cain Library at Cal State Dominguez Hills designed by A. Quincy Jones

group photo in front of Large sculpture letters "UCR"

VRA SoCal Winter 2016 Chapter Meeting at UCR visiting Visual Resources Center and the California Museum of Photography

Group photo outside at the Getty Center.

VRA SoCal Fall 2014 Chapter Meeting at the Getty Center with CI&A, Museum Imaging, GRI Imaging & GRI Tour.

three people standing, looking at bird specimens

VRA SoCal Fall 2012 Chapter Meeting. Ryan Brubacher and Heather Lowe listen as John McCormack leading a tour of the Moore Lab of Zoology Mexican bird specimen collection.


The Visual Resources Association, Southern California Chapter (VRA SoCal), is composed of visual resources professionals from a variety of institutions and organizations. Our purpose is to support and encourage professional development among our members in Southern California.

The Southern California Chapter of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) was formed in 1995 to provide a regional network of image media professionals and extend the western reach of the national organization. From San Luis Obispo to San Diego, like-minded curators gather twice a year at rotating venues of particular interest to share ideas and information. Whether working with slides, photographs, film, or their digital counterparts in academic, archival, commercial, library, or museum institutions, professionals and students handling or interested in such archival materials are welcome to join in on local activities and meetings. Collection visits, demonstrations of advanced technologies, lectures, meetings, roundtables, and tours open up Southern California’s cultural treasures and promote the spirit of collaboration.

The VRA is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to visual materials including their history, classification, production, use, and conservation. VRA/SC connects the local and the national organizations and communicates current information on committee work, research, publications, and conference activities allowing image resource managers to get acquainted and to explore professional horizons.

Southern California Bylaws | Southern California Minutes and Reports


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Krystal Boehlert
University of California, Riverside
Twitter: @kboehlert

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Chapter Membership Dues (plus central Association dues): $20
Chapter Student/Retiree Membership Dues (plus central Association dues): $10
Regional Chapter Dues (without central Association dues): $25

Note: There are differences in the benefits of full VRA central Association membership and Chapter only membership.

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Member Institutions:

ArtCenter College of Design
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
CSU San Bernardino
Getty Research Institute
IMAGinED Consulting
J. Paul Getty Museum
Luna Imaging, Inc.
Occidental College
Otis College of Art & Design

Pomona College 
San Diego State University
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Scripps College
The Judson Studios
UC Los Angeles
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
WRAP: Web Resources for Art in Public