Awards

VRA Travel Awards

The Visual Resources Association offers several awards to assist member attendance at the VRA Annual Conference. Several Luraine Tansey Educational Fund Awards are offered each year along with Corporate Travel Awards, New Horizon awards, the Kathe Hicks Albrecht award, Top-Up awards and student awards. (Please see the announcements page or VRA-L for updates.) Selection of recipients is determined by the Travel Awards Committee. The goal of the Travel Awards Program is to encourage and support conference attendance by both new members/conference attendees and veteran members/attendees.

Tansey awards are funded through fundraising events, VRA member donations, and other VRA funds. Full Tansey awards are now up to $850 each; in addition there are Top-Up awards available up to $599 intended for applicants who have partial institutional funding, and awards for International members of $1,000.  There are several corporate sponsors who have funded awards in the past (2013 sponsors were Archivision, Davis Art Images, Gallery Systems, and Saskia, Ltd.).  The Travel Awards Committee is very grateful to all of these sponsors.  For 2013, two anonymously donated New Horizons awards of $850 and a New Horizons student award of $300 were awarded.  In addition, several individual VRA members have sponsored named awards, for example the Kathe Hicks Albrecht Award and the Joseph C. Taormina Memorial Award.

The Travel Awards Committee especially encourages applications from new members/first time conference attendees, veteran members who have not had funds to attend conferences, international members, solo, isolated, and part-time VR professionals, students considering careers in visual resources, and any member actively participating in the conference who lacks sufficient funding to attend.

Learn more here!

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.

Kathe Hicks Albrecht
Nancy DeLaurier
Christine L. Sundt
Christina Updike

In fond memory:
Eleanor Collins
Margaret Nolan
Nancy Shelby Schuller
Luraine Tansey

2014 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 November 1, 2014.

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
phone: 607-351-5124
email: mnw3@Cornell.edu

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.

A nomination dossier, consisting of a cover letter from the nominator 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 fax will be accepted only if all supporting documentation is submitted in that format. 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.

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.

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

VRA Nancy DeLaurier Award 

The Nancy DeLaurier Award, named for one of the pioneers of the visual resources profession, annually honors a visual resources professional 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 (1997) conceived 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.

A nomination dossier should consist of a cover letter from the nominator describing the nature of the achievement, the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and supporting letters and documentation. Electronic nominations via e-mail or fax are accepted only if all supporting documentation is submitted in that format. 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.

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.

Nancy DeLaurier Award Recipients

For more information about the Awards Committee click here!