Dear colleagues,

The Visual Resources Association is pleased to present our 33rd Annual Conference, to be held in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado. With the glorious Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, join us March 11-14, 2015 as we explore the latest developments in image and media management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. You won’t want to miss it.

Conference organizers Steven Kowalik and Cindy Abel Morris, working with the Local Arrangements Committee, co-chaired by Heather Seneff and Hannah Unsderfer, have coordinated an exciting array of sessions, workshops, meetings, and events. The top-notch conference program features representation from a broad range of perspectives, including:

  • Inspiring plenary talks, with opening speaker Aaron Straup Cope, artist and Head of Engineering at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, discussing how the New Cooper Hewitt Experience engages visitors with interactive and immersive creative technologies, and closing speaker Emily Gore, Director for Content with the Digital Public Library of America, sharing the strategic vision for DPLA content and oversight of the DPLA Hubs program;
  • Timely and relevant sessions and workshops addressing digital humanities, visual literacy, mapping and geospatial projects, image rights and reproductions, usability testing, new technologies, digital asset management, crowdsourcing, cataloging, embedded metadata, sharing collections, professional advancement, archives, research data management, visualization, and more;
  • Stimulating and sociable events such as the Opening Reception, New Members and First Time Attendees Breakfast, Members and Awards Dinner, Sponsors’ Meet and Greet & Poster Presentations, and the Business Meeting Breakfast;
  • Topical discussions at Birds of a Feather luncheons and Special Interest Group meetings covering an assortment of themes, such as publications, visual resources in museums, emerging professionals and students, slides and transitional media, moving images, various software platforms, and much more;
  • Committee and Chapter meetings where you can learn how to get involved with the fascinating and important work that VRA members are doing throughout the year;
  • Memorable tours, including two free morning walking tours, planned by the Local Arrangements Committee to highlight Denver’s unique combination of Western history and vibrant contemporary arts and culture scene.

Online registration is available through February 20 (with discounted registration offered until February 6). Onsite registration will be available in Denver.

Our conference hotel, the Westin Denver Downtown, offers elegant and modern meeting spaces and amenities, with comfortable and contemporary guest rooms. Its ideal location in the lively lower downtown (LoDo) area is within very easy walking distance of a diverse array of unique and charming restaurants, bars, and boutiques. You will enjoy the city’s many sophisticated cultural attractions. The Free MallRide shuttle stops frequently right outside the Westin’s doors, and will take you from one end of the 16th Street Mall, anchored at the north by the Museum of Contemporary Art, to the Golden Triangle Museum District south of downtown. This area includes the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and numerous other civic and cultural institutions.

Watch the News section of this site, where the VRA Executive Board and the Denver Local Arrangements Committee will share updates and guidance, such as travel information and things to do while you are in Denver.

Elevate Your Image by joining us for this exciting conference in the Mile High City!

Elaine Paul, President
Visual Resources Association