The charge to the Awards Committee is to encourage worthy nominations from the VRA membership and evaluate them using the established criteria for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) and the Nancy DeLaurier Award (NDA). To then recommend to the Executive Board one potential recipient for the DSA award and one or more recipients for the NDA Award, to notify the recipients, to prepare the award presentation speech from the supportive materials, and make arrangements for the award presentation at the annual conference.
Chair: Steven Kowalik, Hunter College, CUNY
Linda J. Callahan, West Springfield, Massachusetts, Public Library (retired, Mount Holyoke College)
Lise Hawkos, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Jodi Hoover, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Erin McCall, Artstor
Martine Sherrill, Wake Forest University
Marcia Taichman, Cornell University
Margaret Webster, Cornell University, retired
VRA Executive Board Liaison:
List of all Awards recipients ________________________________________________________________________________
VRA Honorary Life Members Award
Special Honorary Life memberships are awarded to Individuals, designated representatives of an Institution, Contributing or Patron members by the Executive Board in recognition of eminent distinction in any of the fields of the Association’s purpose. Honorary Life members are not required to pay dues and they have all the privileges of Individual members.
Eleanor Collins (deceased)
Margaret Nolan (deceased)
Nancy Shelby Schuller (deceased)
Christine L. Sundt
Luraine Tansey (deceased)
2018 Award Nominations
Nominations are now open for the VRA Distinguished Service Award and the Nancy DeLaurier Award (see below). Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Please send dossiers to the VRA Awards Committee Chair:
Margaret Webster, Chair, VRA Awards Committee
Visual Resources Consultant
Director Emerita, Knight Visual Resources Facility, Cornell University
109 Iroquois Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
VRA Distinguished Service Award
Each year the Visual Resources Association honors an individual who has made an outstanding career contribution to the field of visual resources and image management. Nominees must have achieved a level of distinction in the field either through leadership, research, or service to the profession. Someone could also be considered who has shown outstanding innovation, participation, or project management.
Although nominations are initiated by Visual Resources Association members, the nominees need not be members of the organization. Nominations should not include current members of the VRA Awards Committee, the Executive Board, or previous recipients of the award. Current members of the VRA Awards Committee or Executive Board should not write in support of a nomination. In extraordinary circumstances the award may be given posthumously.
A nomination dossier, consisting of a cover letter from the nominator(s) describing how the nominee meets the criteria, the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and supporting letters and documentation, will constitute an appropriate nomination. Electronic nominations via e-mail or file hosting service such as Dropbox are preferred. Members of the VRA Awards Committee, upon reviewing submitted dossiers, may recommend one recipient of the Award in any given cycle; recommendations are subject to approval by the VRA Executive Board.
VRA Nancy DeLaurier Award
The Nancy DeLaurier Award, named for one of the pioneers of the visual resources profession, annually honors a single visual resources professional or a group of visual resources professionals for distinguished achievement in the field. “Achievement” is measured by immediate impact, and may take the form of published work, oral presentation, project management, software development, technology application, website creation, or other outstanding effort. Originally conceived in 1997 as a Writing Award, to be presented in recognition of a published paper, the Nancy DeLaurier Award now recognizes other forms of achievement in the field.
Although nominations are initiated by Visual Resources Association members, the nominees need not be members of the organization. Nominations should not include current members of the VRA Awards Committee or the Executive Board. Current members of the VRA Awards Committee or Executive Board should not write in support of a nomination. The award may be conferred to previous winners for another noteworthy achievement, and in extraordinary circumstances the award may be given posthumously. A nomination dossier should consist of a cover letter from the nominator(s) describing the nature of the achievement, the candidates’ curriculum vitae, and supporting letters and documentation. Electronic nominations via e-mail or a file hosting service such as Dropbox are preferred. Members of the VRA Awards Committee, upon reviewing submitted dossiers, may recommend up to two recipients of the Award in any given cycle; recommendations are subject to approval by the VRA Executive Board.