Southern California

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.

Officers and Contact:

Maureen Burns, Ed.D.
IMAGinED Consulting

Brenda Lozano
Metadata Librarian
Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688

For website updates please contact Greg Reser

Southern California Bylaws and Southern California Minutes and Reports

Future Meetings/Previous Meetings:


To become an annual individual member of VRA SoCal: Membership is open to any VRA member in good standing, including those outside the SoCal area. If you need to become a VRA member join here! Regular Chapter membership dues are $20 per calendar year, $5 for students, retired and unemployed members. To join login to MyVRA (MemberClicks located in the sidebar) and select Separate Donations and/or Chapter Memberships. In order to be on the SoCal Chapter’s email listserv please login to MyVRA (MemberClicks located in the sidebar), select My Profile, then My Features and E-ListsSubscribe to the VRA-Southern California listserv.

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
Placa Project
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