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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)
Nancy DeLaurier
Margaret Nolan (deceased)
Nancy Shelby Schuller (deceased)
Christine L. Sundt
Luraine Tansey
Christine Updike

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.

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 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.

Distinquished 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 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.

A nomination dossier should consist of a cover letter from the nominator(s) describing the nature of the achievement, the candidate's curriculum vitae, and supporting letters and documentation. Electronic nominations via e-mail or 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.

Nancy DeLaurier Award Recipients

 

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, the Joseph C. Taormina Memorial top-up awards and student awards. (Please see The Types of Travel Awards (updated October 2013) and announcements on VRA-L for more information.) 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.

The Tansey Travel Award program was started in 1993 with initial funding by Luraine Tansey. She won the Distinguished Service Award that year and requested that her travel expenses reimbursement be used to assist other VRA members with their professional development.  This became the seed of the fund, further supplemented when she sent in her first retirement checks (one from teaching art history, and another much smaller one from slide librarianship).  The total was matched by the VRA and the Tansey Travel Award Fund was born.  The Travel Award Committee, formed in 1993, presented the first five awards of $400 each to VRA attendees of the 1994 New York City conference.

The Tansey awards are now funded through the proceeds of the various fundraising events, both held at each annual conference, donations to the fund, and other VRA funds.  The Tansey awards are now $850 each and other denominations according to need 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 (recent sponsors include Archivision, Davis Art Images, Gallery Systems, and Saskia, Ltd.).  The Travel Awards Committee is very grateful to all of these sponsors.  In 2007 the Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 was inaugurated to support a new member/conference attendee.  Since 2008 two New Horizons awards of $850 and a New Horizons student award of $300 have been awarded, along with the The Joseph C. Taormina Memorial Top-Up awards of $250 each, and extra funding for three VRA Association Travel Awards ($850 each).

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.  Beginning in 2012, travel awards were given to non-members with the provision they become members of VRA prior to attending the conference.

Travel Award Recipients Since the Founding of the Program

Travel Award Types

Travel Award Rules, Guidelines and Tips

 

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