The Visual Resources Association is pleased to present our 2017 Annual Conference, to be held in vibrant Louisville, Kentucky. Join us March 29-April 1, 2017 as we explore “Unbridled Opportunities” in image, media, and data management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. You won’t want to miss this conference opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, share your professional experience and expertise, and explore the wonders of Louisville.
Conference organizers Chris Strasbaugh and Ryan Brubacher, working with the Local Arrangements volunteers, Amy Fordham, Stephanie Schmidt, and Heather Potter, have coordinated an exciting array of sessions, workshops, meetings, and events. The top-notch conference program features representation from a broad range of perspectives, and we are excited to share with you a glimpse of what you will experience in Louisville:
We are thrilled that Dr. Brent Seales is able to join us as our convocation speaker. Seales is a professor in the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at the University of Kentucky and will share his thought-provoking perspectives on digital humanities and cultural preservation. Seales’ work focuses on digital imaging and he is developing and evaluating new techniques for digital acquisition, restoration, and visualization using real-world library collections with particular focus on preservation and dissemination.
There will be a number of timely and relevant sessions and workshops addressing a broad spectrum of metadata structure and application, assessment and surveys, copyright and fair use, cross-disciplinary collaborations, digital repository development, digital humanities, professional scope drift, visual communication, and more.
As always, there will be opportunities to socialize, network, and inspire one another over conversation, tasty morsels, and beverages at the Welcome Reception, the Sponsors’ Meet and Greet Poster Session, a VRA Volunteer Studio and Lunch, the Members and Awards Lunch, and, of course, the Annual Business Meeting Breakfast. Some of these events bear resemblances to previous years’ events, but with some creative and newly designed twists. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your feedback. The Volunteer Studio, in particular, may help new members find their niche within the Association and allow seasoned members the opportunity to explore new avenues with their colleagues.
Attending the Volunteer Studio may inspire you to join one of our Special Interest Group meetings which cover an assortment of themes, such as publications, emerging professionals and students, digital humanities, various software platforms, and more.
Or, you may learn about a Committee or Chapter that connects with you philosophically or geographically, and attending one is an excellent opportunity learn how to get involved with the fascinating and important work that VRA members are doing throughout the year.
And, finally, I hope that you have a chance to take advantage of the enriching and culturally opportunistic tours that Chris Strasbaugh and the local arrangements volunteers have so thoughtfully coordinated for us. These tours highlight Louisville’s greatest assets, adventures, resources, art, and cultural experiences.
The online registration form will be available soon, but you can mark your calendars now for:
Early Bird Registration: Thursday, December 9, 2016 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Full Price Registration: Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 17, 2017.
Onsite registration will be available in Louisville as well.
Our conference hotel, the Louisville Marriott Downtown, offers comfortable and modern meeting spaces and amenities, with contemporary guest rooms. Its ideal location in the downtown 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 diverse cultural attractions and excellent culinary scene. Watch the News section of this site, where the VRA Executive Board and the Louisville Local Arrangements Committee will share their recommendations, updates and guidance, such as travel information and things to do while you are in Louisville.
The VRA Executive Board is excited to greet you and meet you in Louisville this March 2017, and we sincerely hope that you can join us for this unique professional development opportunity!
Jen Green, President
Visual Resources Association