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Monday, March 26
 

8:00am EDT

VRA Executive Board Meeting I
By invitation only.

Monday March 26, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Tubman

9:00am EDT

VRAF Board Meeting
By invitation only.

Monday March 26, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Adams

4:00pm EDT

Registration Desk
Monday March 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

4:30pm EDT

VRA Board / VRAF Board Joint Meeting
By invitation only.

Monday March 26, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Adams
 
Tuesday, March 27
 

7:30am EDT

Registration Desk
Tuesday March 27, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

8:00am EDT

Workshop: Basics of Photogrammetry – 3D Visualization of Cultural Heritage Objects
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

ORGANIZER/PRESENTER:
Otto Luna, Visual Resources Librarian, University of New Hampshire

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Photogrammetry, the process of creating 3D digital models from a series of still photographs, has the potential of making cultural heritage objects and collections more accessible. The low-cost and relatively easy-to-learn technique allows for the quick creation of highly-accurate 3D renderings of objects, from small statuettes, to entire buildings and historic sites. Several cultural heritage institutions, including the British Museum and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, are already employing photogrammetry to provide greater access to their collections. And the technique was a key topic of conversation at a recent conference on 2D and 3D photography held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/2d3d). Given the increasing importance of 3D visualization in the cultural heritage field, this workshop will focus on the basics of photogrammetry, from image capture and editing, to working with photogrammetry software such as Agisoft Photoscan and Autodesk Remake, to editing and sharing 3D models on websites such as Sketchfab. Employing a small statuette as a working example, the 4-hour-long workshop will include discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities on all aspects of the photogrammetry workflow. The end result of the workshop will be the creation of a 3D model similar to the one available at this link: https://skfb.ly/6pNoN. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be empowered to begin their own experiments in photogrammetry.


Sponsors
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Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Tuesday March 27, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington C

8:00am EDT

Workshop: Collaborative Digital Asset Management: Practical Approaches and Useful Tools
Limited Capacity filling up

ORGANIZER:
Samantha Norling, Digital Collections Manager, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

PRESENTERS:
  • Tascha Horowitz, Assistant Director of Photography, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
  • Samantha Norling, Digital Collections Manager, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
  • Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

$40.00 | Limited to 25 participants.
Online Registration
(December 8th-March 16th)

At the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), digital asset management is carried out by an inter-departmental committee made up of asset and data creators representing photography, rights and reproductions, archives, exhibitions, registration, and technology. The work of the committee has helped to break down traditional silos between departments as collections are added to a shared digital asset management system (DAMS). This collaborative approach has an additional benefit of reasserting content creators from each department as the primary managers of their digital assets and data, as opposed to IT staff who often lead DAMS selection, implementation, and management. This results in workflows that are more integrated with other department activities and the potential to better connect collections that may be separated by both physical and organizational barriers.

For this workshop, three members of the IMA’s DAMS committee have evaluated the successes and lessons learned from their years of experience to develop a general project management framework for taking a collaborative approach to selecting, implementing, and managing a new DAMS. This broad framework has the flexibility to be applied in a wide variety of institutional contexts with varying staffing levels and areas of expertise, including those with minimal internal tech support. Within the context of the presentation of this broad framework, hands-on activities will give attendees the opportunity to think through common challenges in metadata schema design and thesaurus creation, and to experiment with multiple freely-available tools that aid in metadata and digital asset evaluation and cleanup in preparation for migration.

Sponsors
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Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Tuesday March 27, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington A

8:00am EDT

Workshop: Workshopping Your World: GIS and Story Maps
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

ORGANIZER:
Krystal Boehlert, Visual Resource Specialist, University of California Riverside

PRESENTER:
Rich Quodomine, Lead GIS Analyst, Department of Public Property, City of Philadelphia

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Spatial is Special! Have you ever wanted to learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Want to incorporate mapping into your DH projects? Do you have GIS data that can benefit from deeper analysis? This workshop will introduce you to GIS and teach you how to build your own maps.

GIS allows us to visualize and analyze data across the world. It is a useful tool for researchers who are looking for global patterns and trends. Mapped visualizations can also illustrate narratives for digital humanities projects.

Participants will need to bring a laptop.

Sponsors
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Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Tuesday March 27, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington B

10:30am EDT

Tour 1: Philadelphia Art Museum Library & Archives Tour
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

THIS TOUR IS FULL.

Enjoy the morning with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library & Archives Department. PMA Librarians will provide a tour of the Library & Archives spaces, offices and the photographing services area. Not to be missed, attendees will observe artifacts from their Archive, and get a glimpse into the other departments and treasures of the PMA Library & Archives areas not usually shown to the public.
 
Please note that participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the PMA Library & Archives at the Perelman Building (this is the building across from the PMA—the Library & Archives are not in the main building).
Here are some options:
Public transit: #32 Bus from Juniper and Commerce Streets to Pennsylvania Ave & Fairmount Ave stop. Cost: $2.50 per ride. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes each way.
Lyft: Approximate cost $10 per person for the trip to the Perelman Building and back to the Hotel. The cost is indicative of approximately 4 passengers in a vehicle. The Board will arrange for the Lyft service. Allow a minimum of 15 minutes each way.
Walking: Distance 1.7 miles from conference hotel. Allow at least 30-40 minutes each direction

For more information about the Perelman Building please click here.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Perelman Building 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130

12:15pm EDT

Awards Committee Meeting
Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Tubman

12:15pm EDT

Education Committee Meeting
Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Washington C

12:15pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Publications Special Interest Group Meeting
CO-ORGANIZERS:


Open to all interested conference attendees, the VRA Publications Special Interest Group Meeting will be an open format discussion about the VRA's publication program, opportunities to publish through the VRA, the issues associated with professional writing, and how/why to publish for career advancement. Attendees are asked to bring additional topics for discussion or to e-mail them to the organizers prior to the conference.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Adams

1:30pm EDT

Session: Beyond TIFFs and JPEGs: Best Practices and Asset Management for Digital Files Beyond Still Images
ORGANIZER:
  • Lesley Chapman, Visual Resources Curator, Colgate University

MODERATOR:
  • Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University Library

PRESENTERS:
  • Tre Berney, Director of Digitization and Conservation Services, Cornell University
  • Jonathan Cartledge, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smith College
  • Kathy Evans, Visual Resources Librarian, Purdue University

Due to scope drift, VR professionals are increasingly asked to deal with digital files beyond the still images we have traditionally managed. This extended seminar-type session seeks to familiarize us with best practices, archival formats, and current standards for commonly encountered video, audio, GIS, etc. file formats, and to explore challenges and solutions for their proper management. Following an intensive informational session, we will hear and discuss a set of case studies pertaining to going "Beyond TIFFs and JPEGs."

Endorsed by the Education Committee.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Washington B

1:30pm EDT

Session: Content Management with MDID and Other Integrated Systems
ORGANIZER:
  • Andreas Knab, Owner, vrcHost LLC

PRESENTERS:
  • Joseph Anderson, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Lesley Chapman, Visual Resources Curator, Colgate University
  • Jana Duda, Technology Resources Manager, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Eleanor Gatewood, Visual Resource Collection Tech, Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Meghan Rubenstein, Curator of Visual Resources, Colorado College

This session will present case studies on the use of MDID with local collections and its integration with other systems.

Joseph Anderson: In our presentation, we will discuss the development of SPARC Digital, a site integrating our MDID3 instance with the Omeka platform. This new site makes uses of various features of each respective platform to showcase our collections to new audiences in novel ways.

Lesley Chapman: At Colgate we use MDID not only for our collections of teaching images, but also to manage departmental and faculty resources in various sub-collections. The well-established sub-collections include a selection of images from exhibitions in our departmental gallery and multiple research image collections scanned from the personal slides of individual faculty.

Eleanor Gatewood: Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) began using MDID in 2007 for its now 25,000 digital image collection of art history images for teaching purposes. Over the past 10 years, KCAD has broadened the scope of MDID, and moved outside the Art History program, by using the database as a repository of student work for assessment and accreditation purposes. KCAD also has created collections in MDID which document gallery exhibitions, as well as specialized collections showcasing the Kendall Furniture collection, and David Wolcott Kendall archives. The multifaceted usability of MDID allows for unlimited specialized collections and KCAD will continue to push the boundaries of its digital image database.

Meghan Rubenstein: In the Art Department at Colorado College we are testing ways to expand the use of MDID both in and out of the classroom. Our initial focus has been creating sub-collections to help facilitate student research. We have also begun using MDID to archive student, faculty, and alumni work along with departmental activities, such as exhibitions, course demonstrations, field trips, and events.


Sponsors
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vrcHost LLC

We specialize in installation, integration, customization, and feature development for the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) project - an open source digital content management system used at hundreds of institutions worldwide for teaching and scholarship in the visual arts... Read More →


Tuesday March 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Washington C

1:30pm EDT

Session: Images for Scholarly Publication: Rights and Reproductions Perspectives
CO-ORGANIZERS/CO-MODERATORS:
  • Allan T. Kohl, Librarian, Visual Resources and Library Instruction, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Margaret C. McKee, Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection

PANELISTS:
  • Kerry E. Annos, Barnes Foundation
  • Conna Clark, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Ann McShane, The Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Eric Schnittke, Assistant Archivist, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Alexander Till, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Many of the questions asked of visual resources curators by publishing scholars about intellectual property rights have to do with museum policies and practices, particularly those relating to scholars obtaining images for scholarly publications such as monographs, articles in traditional paper-based periodicals, and e-journals.

This session provides and opportunity for Rights and Reproductions personnel from Philadelphia-area museums and cultural heritage organizations to discuss their provision of images for scholarly publishing. Participants will describe their institutions’ approaches to image copyright, and address frequently-asked questions such as whether they are working toward open access, whether their institutions use licensing fees as a source of revenue, and whether they treat images of public domain art works differently from images of works still under copyright?

Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions from the floor about what they see as the future roles their organizations will play in facilitating scholarly publishing.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Washington A

3:15pm EDT

Session: IIIF in Practice - Use Cases for Implementing and Using IIIF APIs
ORGANIZER:
  • Jeff Mixter, Senior Software Engineer, OCLC

PRESENTERS:
  • Jeff Mixter, Senior Software Engineer, OCLC
  • Robb Detlefs, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Gallery Systems
  • Charles Butcosk, Collections Data Researcher, Colby College Museum of Art
  • Nancy Harm, Director of Business Development, Luna Imaging, Inc.

IIIF is an emerging international standard for accessing digitized images and the information needed to display, organize, and present them. Of the 4 IIIF APIs (Image, Presentation, Authentication, and Search), the Image and Presentation APIs are in their 2.x phase of development and are being adopted into production environments by various types of organizations including universities, consortium, and private businesses. To support the IIIF APIs open-source software applications are being developed to consume and use IIIF data. These range from basic image viewers to more complex applications that take advantage of the image organization and presentation components of the IIIF Presentation API. This session will provide a brief overview of the IIIF APIs and focus on how organizations have integrated the standards into their production systems. We will help demystify the complexities of the APIs by sharing our experiences in working with them. In addition to exploring the technical aspects of the IIIF APIs, we will also highlight and discuss useful open-source tools we have used to make the adoption of IIIF easier. Attendees of this session will leave not only understanding what IIIF is and why it is important but more importantly they will leave with an understanding of what is required to get working with the IIIF APIs.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Washington B

3:15pm EDT

Session: The Brave New Media of Visual Resources: Managing Intellectual Property Rights on the Frontier
CO-ORGANIZERS/CO-MODERATORS:
  • Lael Ensor-Bennett, Assistant Curator, Johns Hopkins University
  • Margaret C. McKee, Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection

PRESENTERS:
  • Justyna Badach, Head of Imaging, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Lael Ensor-Bennett, Assistant Curator, Johns Hopkins University
  • Marcie Kaufman, Counsel, ITHAKA
  • Margaret C. McKee, Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection
  • Heather Seneff, Director, Visual Media Center, University of Denver, School of Art & Art History

As visual resources professionals find their roles evolving beyond the management of traditional collections of two-dimensional images of artworks for teaching, study, research, and print publishing, they face new intellectual property questions and challenges.

What new rights questions are arising for museums, universities, and image providers? How can we provide support for the growing scholarly and institutional use of social media while respecting rights restrictions? As digital humanities and new media and video content become ubiquitous, how can visual resources professionals expand their knowledge about licensing and fair use? How do museums acquiring new media art meet the challenges of maintaining the works and respecting the artists’ rights and intentions? How have different rights issues affected workflow or practice in regards to content aggregators and hosted platforms like the Artstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf? How do current guidelines and codes of best practices discuss digital humanities, social media, film, and new media?

Using examples of recent projects executed by living artists for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Justyna Badach will discuss rights and the importance of the artist/museum relationship.

Lael J. Ensor-Bennett will discuss intellectual property rights and the use of social media.

Marcie Kaufman will discuss the intellectual property/legal issues involved in supporting the integration of Artstor’s image content with JSTOR’s textual content.

Margaret C. McKee will discuss gif art, its exhibition, and intellectual property.

Heather Seneff will discuss emerging rights challenges raised by new media.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Washington A

4:00pm EDT

Coffee Break with Tastykakes
Tuesday March 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

5:00pm EDT

VRAF Legacy Lecture: Keynote Speaker, Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Jane Golden is Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, overseeing its growth from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, the Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,800 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Sought after as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 ACE (Mentor Program) Person of the Year Award, the 2016 Women of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, the 2016 Paul Philippe Cret Award from the American Institute of Architects, the 2016 Woman of Influence Award from Pearl S. Buck International, the Philadelphia Award, The Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, the Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design, the 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award from former Governor Edward G. Rendell, the Adela Dwyer / St. Thomas Peace Award from Villanova University, LaSalle University’s Alumni Association’s Signum Fidei Medal, and an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award. Golden has co-authored three books about the murals in Philadelphia. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art & Design. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University, degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from Drexel University, St. Joseph’s University, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Widener University, Haverford College, and Villanova University. In addition, Golden serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.​

Jane’s work highlights the rewarding nature of collaborative work and creative thinking.  Mural Arts Philadelphia is more than an organization that creates works of public art; its complex projects defy concise definition.  They are about art, but they are also about collaboration, public history, civic engagement, restorative justice, and civic discourse. Just as many cities around the world have found inspiration in the work of Mural Arts Philadelphia, I think we will all find inspiration and motivation in Jane’s address at VRA 2018.


Sponsors
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Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Tuesday March 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B

6:30pm EDT

Welcome Reception
Catch up with friends and meet new colleagues while experiencing a spectacular view of Philadelphia. Enjoy an open bar and an assortment of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
33rd Floor - Howe Room and The Terrace
 
Wednesday, March 28
 

8:00am EDT

Annual Membership & Business Meeting / Breakfast
The VRA Annual Business Meeting is the official forum for conducting Association business. The agenda includes the President's State of the Association message; the Treasurer's report; updates on current and future Association projects and activities; the recognition of outgoing officers, committee chairs, and appointees; the induction of incoming officers, committee chairs, and appointees; and the presentation on the 2019 conference host city. There will be an opportunity for questions and announcements from the membership.  Breakfast will be provided.

The Executive Board cordially invites all Visual Resources Association members to attend and participate.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 8:00am - 10:30am EDT
Regency Ballroom B

10:45am EDT

MDID Special Interest Group Meeting

ORGANIZER/PRESENTER:

  • Andreas Knab, Owner, vrcHost LLC


In this session Andreas Knab from vrcHost will share updates made to the MDID3 application over the past year, including the 2017 MDID 3.2 release and the upcoming version 3.3 with a replacement for the integrated ImageViewer. Topics for discussion include software and hardware requirements, installation issues, best practices, system integration, custom application development, etc. This informative session is open to anyone using or interested in MDID. Adequate time for a question and answer period will follow the presentation.


Wednesday March 28, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Washington B

10:45am EDT

Session: No Staff, No Budget, No Problem!: The Power of the Solo Visual Resources Curator
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Teresa Transou, Visual Resources Curator, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

PRESENTER:
  • Sherrie Rook, Visual Resources Curator, George Mason University
  • Martine Sherrill, Visual Resources Librarian, Wake Forest University

This session expands upon the Birds of a Feather Lunch of previous conferences; with papers/presentations on how solo visual resources curators have managed transitions in their libraries (analog to digital, implementation of new DAMS, etc.) with little to no staff or budget from their department or unit. The session will feature papers or case studies detailing the experiences of solo curators as well as any helpful information and possible plans for the future of their libraries that could be shared among others in similar circumstances. Ideally, the papers will be useful to an important and often cloistered set of VRA members and attendees who are concerned with the future of their careers and the direction of the visual resources field.

This session will provide suggestions on to how to continue to remain relevant in a field or position that is disappearing or being redefined as budget cuts continue across academia, this session will hopefully ‘empower’ the solo curator to help keep their positions, their libraries, and their work relevant and exciting.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Washington A

10:45am EDT

Session: The Law of Appropriation: Fair Use of Images, Video, and Music in Artistic Appropriation
MODERATOR:
  • Sarah Coe, Visual Resources Support Specialist, Yale University Library

PRESENTER:
  • Nazareth Pantaloni, Head, Copyright Program, Indiana University Libraries


This session will review the current status of the law of fair use for visual and multi-media artists, providing practical guidance for artists as well as visual resource professionals. Following an overview of the subject matter of copyright and the exclusive rights in copyrighted works, a survey of the law of fair use will focus on the string of appropriation art cases involving Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, as well as other creators, decided by U.S. federal courts between 1992 and 2017. The session will conclude with a critical assessment of codes of best practices for artists and creators, including the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, and the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices.


Sponsors
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Artstor

Artstor is a non-profit digital library that provides more than 1.8 million images of cultural objects and architectural works covering a wide range of historical, political, social, economic, and cultural documentation from prehistory to the present. Artstor collections enable a... Read More →


Wednesday March 28, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Regency Ballroom C

11:00am EDT

Registration Desk
Wednesday March 28, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

12:00pm EDT

Workshopping the VRA
Join us for a free boxed lunch! Members of the Strategic Plan Task Force and others will help facilitate discussions about the implementation of the VRA Strategic Plan, 2018-2022, the Association's five-year “roadmap.” You will be introduced to some preliminary Suggested Action Items proposed by the Task Force, and invited to share your ideas for other action items that would make VRA more relevant, engaging, and impactful to you and the profession.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B

2:15pm EDT

Architecture Special Interest Group Meeting
ORGANIZER:
  • Jackie Spafford, Image Resources Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara

Facilitated discussion roundtable on topics related to architecture and Visual Resources.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Washington C

2:15pm EDT

Financial Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Adams

2:15pm EDT

Travel Awards Committee Meeting
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Tubman

2:15pm EDT

VREPS Meeting
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Washington A

2:15pm EDT

Cataloging and Metadata Standards Committee
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Washington B

3:45pm EDT

Membership Committee Meeting
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Washington A

3:45pm EDT

Session: Engaging New Technologies
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Jennifer Kniesch, Visual Resources Librarian, Dickinson College

PRESENTERS:
  • Krystal Boehlert, Visual Resources Specialist, University of California, Riverside
  • Taren Ouellette, Digital Conversion Specialist, Library of Congress
  • Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator, The Ohio State University
  • John Trendler, Curator of Visual Resources, Scripps College

Trying to keep up with all of the new and emerging technologies is daunting. Successfully implementing new technologies to increase efficiency and workplace fun can be an even bigger commitment. This fast-paced, lightning talk style session will demonstrate a rich variety of new technologies, emphasizing concrete examples that show engagement in professional contexts. Utilizing the expertise of energetic, tech-savvy presenters, this session will introduce new tools as well as creative uses of more established technologies, discovering them and empowering you to further investigate on your own. You’ll leave the session thinking of ways to introduce and encourage use of new technologies among faculty, colleagues and patrons, as well as in your own work environment.

Endorsed by the VRA Education Committee.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Regency Ballroom C

5:30pm EDT

Happy Hour: Posters, Sponsors, and Raffle
You are invited to attend one of the big social events of our VRA 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Start your evening by visiting with VRA sponsors as they showcase their products and services. Enjoy some cheese and a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) while you mingle with the poster presenters and learn more about their research and projects. Catch up with friends as you peruse the array of wonderful raffle prizes provided by sponsors, VRA Chapters, and other generous individuals. Buy your tickets, and then prepare for your number to potentially be called by our surprise guest MC! (One of Philadelphia’s most famous citizens.) Please plan to join your colleagues and attend this exciting event! 

Check out the website for more details.


Poster Presenters:

  • Barbara Brenny, North Carolina State University
    Legacies and Legends: The Founding of NCSU’s College of Design and Design Library Image Collection

  • Arden Kirkland, South Central Regional Library Council
    The Design for Learning Program: Helping to Take Your Visual Resources Instruction Online

  • Shelby Merritt, Vanderbilt University
    Teaching Students To Visualize Art Historical Data With Tableau Public

  • Maria Nuccilli, Scarab Club
    Hidden Art History: Digitizing Detroit's Scarab Club Archives

  • Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design
    Engagement Assessment: Streaming Video Analytics at Rhode Island School of Design

  • Zoe Waldron, The New York Public Library & Susan Jane Williams, Independent Cataloger and Consultant
    What's Working? Findings from the VRA Cataloging and Metadata Practices Survey

Wednesday March 28, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Regency Foyer

7:30pm EDT

VRAF and VRA Donor Recognition Reception
By invitation only.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Loews Hotel - Room 2820

7:30pm EDT

VREPS Night Out
CO-ORGANIZERS:
  • Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies
  • Chelsea Stone, Digital Resources & Projects Management Librarian, Sacred Heart University

An informal “Dutch treat” social outing that provides emerging professionals an opportunity to get to know each other and form new relationships in an informal setting. Although the main audience is emerging professionals and students, all are welcome to come and socialize. We will be joined by ambassadors from SEI 2018 (Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management, https://seiworkshop.org/), who will be there to answer your questions about SEI. SEI alumni are encouraged to join us as well, to share their experiences and get to know other new and developing professionals.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
Misconduct Tavern 1511 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
 
Thursday, March 29
 

7:30am EDT

Registration Desk
Thursday March 29, 2018 7:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

8:30am EDT

Artstor Digital Library User Group Meeting
ORGANIZER:
  • Gretchen Witthuhn, Education & Outreach Manager, ITHAKA

Thursday March 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Washington C

8:30am EDT

Session: Practicing Digital Asset Management (DAM): Various Approaches in Museums and Higher Education
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Carolyn Lucarelli, Visual Resources Curator, Penn State University

PANELISTS:
  • Claire Dienes, Manager, Digital Asset Management, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Kristen Grace, Photographer and DAM, Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida
  • Marian Lambers, Visual Resources Curator, College for Creative Studies
  • Stephanie Swindle Thomas, Public Relations Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University

Digital asset management (DAM) refers to the process of collecting, cataloging, delivering, and preserving digital assets, while digital asset management systems (DAMS) provide users with a central location to search, locate, access, and share those assets in an easy and efficient way. DAM is now an established technology category and a rapidly growing field within the corporate sector, however, the nonprofit sector is dealing with similar issues and challenges in their efforts to effectively and efficiently store, manage, preserve, and distribute digital content for their organizations. This session will focus on the practice of DAM within the cultural heritage and higher education communities. Panelists representing these non-profit organizations will share their stories, enabling us to discover commonalities as well as unique needs. Whether you are looking into your first DAM system or rethinking an existing system’s current potential, this session will offer concrete examples of individual experiences and lessons learned. Panelists will discuss how they approached technical and staff resourcing, budgeting, metadata and file migration, and integrating the DAMS with other platforms.

Claire Dienes, Manager, Digital Asset Management, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Doing DAM @ The Met

Kristen Grace, Photographer and DAM, Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida: Big DAM/Shoestring Staff: How the Florida Museum of Natural History manages and shares photo assets using enterprise software with a bare-bones team

Marian Lambers, Visual Resources Curator, College for Creative Studies: Tips for Academic and Museum Partnerships: A Collaborative DAM project between the College for Creative Studies and Detroit Institute of Arts

Stephanie Swindle Thomas, Public Relations Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University: Doing It Your DAM Self: Grassroots Effort, Open Source Software

Endorsed by the Education Committee.

Thursday March 29, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Regency Ballroom C

9:00am EDT

Embedded Metadata Special Interest Group Meeting: Working through Embedded Metadata
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Sarah Gillis, Associate Registrar for Collection Documentation, Worcester Art Museum

PRESENTERS:
  • Sheryl Frisch, Visual Resources Specialist, Cal Poly
  • Sarah Gillis, Associate Registrar for Collection Documentation, Worcester Art Museum

Managing metadata has become second-nature to most imaging professionals, working in GLAMs and the Digital Humanities—embedded metadata is still a relatively new beast for some. This special interest group welcomes all users of metadata, embedded or otherwise to gather and discuss our various workflows. Moderated by Data Standards Committee Co-chair Sarah Gillis, the SIG will present the basics of what is embedded metadata as well as provide a contextual real world application of some of the VRA Tools available. Following this, the floor will be opened to extended dialogue about embedded metadata use and workflows or ideas provided by other attendees.

Thursday March 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Washington B

10:15am EDT

Session: Digital, Visual, Tactile: Expanding Access to Specialized Collections
MODERATOR:
  • Jackie Spafford, Image Resources Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara

PRESENTERS:
  • Arden Kirkland, Digital Project Consultant, HistoricDress.org
  • Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Kerry Sullivan, Head of the Photoarchive Department, Frick Art Reference Library

VRA’s first session comprised of independently submitted individual papers brings together three very different projects around a fortuitously convergent theme:  using digital images and rich metadata to lead users to actual objects, thereby facilitating direct user experience with cultural materials.  This session will present three approaches to expanding access to collections, each project recognizing the importance of the original, physical works being represented.

First, learn how the Frick Art Reference Library is systematically digitizing its photo archive collection of more than 1.1 million research photographs and other reproductions of works of art, including extensive accompanying documentation about the works of art. This work is being done through both in-house and outsourced efforts. Materials that have been digitized and cataloged are available through the Frick Digital Collections and the sites for the NYARC catalog (NYARC Discovery, Arcade and FRESCO) and will be made accessible through the PHAROS International Consortium of Photo Archives.

Next, find out about how the HistoricDress.org project has fostered experimentation with new ways of cataloging, encoding, representing, and searching historic clothing and related archival materials. The project has included the development of a CostumeCore to supplement existing standards such as VRA Core, Dublin Core, Cataloging Cultural Objects, the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, and the European Fashion Thesaurus as they are applied specifically to artifacts related to historic clothing. Implementation in both Omeka and Shared Shelf attempts to better represent the structure and context of the original objects.

Finally, experience how the historic materials collection in the MCAD Library provides specimens -- such as Egyptian papyrus scrolls, an authentic parchment manuscript page, marble from the quarries used to provide the stone for the Parthenon, and an 1850s daguerreotype — for direct experience using all of a student’s senses, especially touch, along with close visual inspection.  This collection gives art and design students “hands-on” encounters with cultural objects to gain a deeper understanding of the materials, tools, processes, and techniques used to create historic works of art, while complementing students’ experience of these works as aesthetic objects through photographic reproductions.

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Washington A

10:15am EDT

JSTOR Forum User Group Meeting
ORGANIZER:
  • Hannah Marshall, Implementation Manager, Artstor

This annual gathering is an opportunity for both current users and those curious to learn more to find out how JSTOR Forum (formerly Shared Shelf), Artstor’s media management and sharing software, fits into the VR landscape, and to discuss how it might evolve to meet changing needs of the community. Speakers from three institutions will present on their experiences in using the software to support their projects and Artstor’s Strategic Services team will provide an overview of recent and upcoming JSTOR Forum releases before opening up the meeting to all attendees for questions and discussion.

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Washington C

10:15am EDT

Session: DIY: Crafting Your Space, Mission, and Situation
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator, The Ohio State University

PRESENTERS:
  • Alison Blaine, Digital Technologies Development Librarian, North Carolina State University
  • Jennifer Kniesch, Visual Resources Librarian, Dickinson College
  • Sarah Winchowky, Project Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia

In a changing world, we all need to be ready to change. This session is focused on providing practical advice for ways you can change your situation at your institution. The first half of the session is centered around the idea of job crafting. While this specifically covers position title and description, it can also guide how you approach planning of your space and projects. Beyond the planning stage, the second half of the session provides two case studies showing areas that are possible with our skills and expertise.

Endorsed by the Education Committee.

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Regency Ballroom C

10:15am EDT

Session: Living with Legacy: Access to Archaeological Data Across Campus and Beyond
CO-ORGANIZERS:
  • Ann Burns, Metadata Librarian, University of Virginia
  • Lucie Stylianopoulos, Research Librarian for Art, Archaeology, and Classics, University of Virginia

PRESENTERS:
  • Lucie Stylianopoulos, Research Librarian for Art, Archaeology, and Classics, University of Virginia
  • Ann Burns, Metadata Librarian, University of Virginia
  • Louise Putnam, Visual Resources Manager, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Brian Shelburne, Head, Digital Scholarship Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst

We will report on ArchaeoCore’s expanding use in the last five years in national as well as international projects. We have been immeasurably assisted by our colleagues at VRA in our effort to design flexibility into the schema. As a result, ArchaeoCore has been incorporated as the metadata foundation into at least 2 international grants and is accessed on a weekly basis through Academia.edu.

We will discuss the practical aspects of applying a theoretical schema to legacy data “on the ground” by describing our work with the Flowerdew Hundred collection housed at the UVA Library. This has involved working with the curator to design a workflow that incorporates varying formats of legacy data, including photographs, slides, maps, notebooks, artifacts and original site records as well as accommodating data of varying levels of completeness over a period of 20 years.

We will illustrate the flexibility of the ArchaeoCore structure as we continue adapting it to cover materials gathered by Anthropology Professor Judith Zeitlin from excavations in 1973 and 1990 in the region around Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. The original aim of the project, to record data about excavation squares, has grown to embrace not only field notebooks, artifacts and other primary source material, but documentation for theories of cultural change and persistence.

Some collections’ curators feel that only their artifacts need to be described. What support can ArchaeoCore provide when the main focus of a collection is artifact context, arrangement and description? In what ways can the concepts embedded in ArchaeoCore assist with training of new archaeologists?

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Washington B

12:00pm EDT

Membership and Awards Lunch

A highlight of the Conference, the Members & Awards Lunch brings colleagues together for an opportunity to relax and socialize over lunch in an elegant setting.  The festivities include recognition of the Association’s honors and awards recipients along with the generous donors who have made these awards available.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this event is included in your conference registration fee. However, prior registration for this event is required for purposes of room scheduling and catering arrangements.


Thursday March 29, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B

2:00pm EDT

Registration Desk
Thursday March 29, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Regency Foyer

2:15pm EDT

Session: Oh, Snap! Internal Advocacy Strategies for Visual Materials
ORGANIZER:
  • Hillary Kativa, Curator of Photographic and Moving Image Collections, Science History Institute
PRESENTERS:
  • Hillary Kativa, Curator of Photographic and Moving Image Collections, Science History Institute
  • Cathleen Lu, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian, Science History Institute
  • Christina Moretta, Photo Curator, San Francisco Public Library

External advocacy is a popular topic of discussion in special collections, but for those working with visual materials, internal advocacy can be an equally challenging, yet oft neglected proposition. In this session, presenters will reflect on their experiences advocating for greater use and understanding of visual materials at a diverse range of institutions, including public and university libraries, a special collections research center, and even the Country Music Hall of Fame. While exploring internal advocacy through a visual-materials lens, they will recap their efforts to bring greater visibility to audiovisual collections through a range of initiatives, including workshops, social media campaigns, and public programming, and reflect on successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Ultimately, this session will help attendees identify opportunities for so-called “inreach” and contemplate ways in which they can extend advocacy efforts to their own institutions and peers.

Thursday March 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Regency Ballroom C

2:15pm EDT

Session: Two-Way Street: VRA's Commercial Partners and Collaborations
ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Maureen Burns, Consultant and Sales Representative, IMAGinED Consulting & Archivision

PRESENTERS:

The Visual Resources Association has always had a number of commercial partners or “vendors” who provide goods and services to information professionals. Often perceived as big businesses, they are in reality small collaborative operations that are doing similar work to that of the visual resources curator, museum professional, librarian, or archivist—photographing the built environment and cultural materials needed for teaching and learning, digitizing archival collections for online access, cataloging at the item level, developing and providing collection management software, online presentation tools, hosted solutions, and preservation services. In addition to these services, commercial partners often collaborate with information professionals to: further develop their services based on needs, determine added value tools for users, implement new technologies, and share lessons learned. This panel will provide specific examples of this type of collaborative activity, explore the products and possibilities of working together, and discuss ways in which these partnerships might expand in the future.

Thursday March 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Washington B

2:15pm EDT

Workshop: How Do I...? Let's Geek Out and Play!!
Limited Capacity filling up

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR:
  • Jennifer Kniesch, Visual Resources Librarian, Dickinson College

PRESENTERS:
  • Jodi Hoover, Circulation and Media Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Jenni Rodda, Manager, Digital Media and Compuer Services, The Institute of Fine Arts/NYU
  • Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator, The Ohio State University

$25.00 | Limited to 15 participants.
Online Registration
(December 8th-March 16th)

Join us in this hybrid workshop/show-and-tell demonstration and be part of the conversation of why certain types of hardware might be more applicable than others to your position and institution, what funding is needed to make it work and how the A/V will make your workflow easier and worth the cost when discussing the possibility to administrators.

The speakers will discuss the hardware and software that they use, in addition to the workflows, achievements and challenges that they have faced. The quintessential part of this special workshop is the show-and-tell where the session members will demonstrate and pass around the hardware to audience members. Chris Strasbaugh will demonstrate a Raspberry Pi, a 360 camera, and a DJI drone, while Jodi Hoover will bring a couple goodies to share including an audio recorder, a Go-Pro, DSLR, mini-projector, besides a mic and video camera. Finally, Jenni Rodda will demo her still and video camera with the group.

Endorsed by the VRA Education Committee.

Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Thursday March 29, 2018 2:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Adams

2:15pm EDT

Workshop: Scope Shift: Moving from Drifting to Driving
Limited Capacity seats available

CO-ORGANIZERS/CO-PRESENTERS:
  • Alix Reiskind, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Elizabeth Schaub, Director, School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

$25.00 | Limited to 15 participants.
Online Registration
(December 8th-March 16th)

Over the short and medium-term, professionals across a wide variety of fields have experienced profound job-related change. Referring to this change as “scope drift” has become commonplace. Workshop participants will explore recasting “scope drift” as “scope shift.” Strategies for keeping pace with current trends, mapping trends to local institutional contexts, and recasting the role(s) available within evolving conditions will be addressed so that participants can return to their home institutions feeling empowered to engage as fully invested change agents in an ever-evolving milieu.

Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Thursday March 29, 2018 2:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Tubman

3:00pm EDT

JSTOR Forum User Testing Meetings
Thursday March 29, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Washington C

5:00pm EDT

New England Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
13 Restaurant 1201 Market Street, Philadephia, PA 19107

5:15pm EDT

Combined California Chapters Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Washington A

5:15pm EDT

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Washington B

5:15pm EDT

Midwest Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Adams

5:15pm EDT

Pacific Rim Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Loews Hotel Lobby Lounge

5:15pm EDT

Southeast Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Loews Hotel Lobby Lounge

5:15pm EDT

Upstate New York Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Bank & Bourbon (Loews hotel bar) 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

5:15pm EDT

Wild West Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Tubman

6:45pm EDT

Chapter Chairs Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm EDT
Bank & Bourbon (Loews hotel bar) 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

8:00pm EDT

International Chapter Meeting
Thursday March 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
TBA
 
Friday, March 30
 

7:30am EDT

Registration Desk
Friday March 30, 2018 7:30am - 10:00am EDT
Regency Foyer

8:00am EDT

VRA Executive Board Meeting II
Friday March 30, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Tubman

8:00am EDT

VREPS Workshop: Value, Role, & Meaning: An Institutional Approach to Understanding Visual Resource Management
Limited Capacity seats available

CO-ORGANIZERS/CO-MODERATORS:
  • Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies
  • Chelsea Stone, Digital Resources & Projects Management Librarian, Sacred Heart University

$20.00 | Limited to 25 participants.
Online Registration
(December 8th-March 16th)

In the rapidly changing field of visual resources, explaining your responsibilities and advocating for your position with administration can be increasingly complex. In this workshop, we will explore the different duties and roles VR professionals perform and provide examples of the ways your VR colleagues explain the value of their work to both peers and superiors. This workshop will provide a broad range of experiences, including: a panel of professionals from academia, archives, and museums featuring Sarah Gillis of the Worcester Art Museum, Lesley Chapman of Colgate University, Chris Strasbaugh of The Ohio State University, and Justine Tobiasz of The Chicago Tribune; individual activities to help you articulate the value of your position and develop your own elevator speech; and tips for ways to increase the visibility of your position to your community. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the tasks other VR professionals engage in and a concrete starting point for how best to explain your personal responsibilities and make a strong case to administration for the value of your position.

Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Friday March 30, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington B

8:00am EDT

Workshop: Python for Beginners
Limited Capacity filling up

CO-ORGANIZERS:
  • Ryan Brubacher, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs
  • Jeannine Keefer, Visual Resources Librarian, University of Richmond

PRESENTER:
  • Maneesha Sane, organizer for the Philadelphia Python Users Group (PhillyPUG)

$40.00 | Limited to 20 participants.
Online Registration
(December 8th-March 16th)

If you are doing things like supporting Digital Humanities faculty, working with students analyzing and visualizing data, developing your own data project, processing metadata about your collections, or building web displays for digital assets, Python may be worth exploring. Many of us rely on existing tools such as Gephi, Omeka, or Scalar to come up with project solutions. But, sometimes the tools that already exist do not fit the needs of the research or project. Sometimes you need to make your own tool. Python is a flexible, cross-platform, modular, object-oriented programming language used for a variety of basic and high-level computing projects. It is great for back-end web development, data analysis, database management, scientific and humanities computing, and has an active, friendly user community. Even if you don't plan on becoming a programmer yourself, knowledge of coding helps you to talk to, or translate between, scholars, students, administrators and programmers.

This basic introductory workshop will cover the basics of computer programming, how python can be used in your work, and how to get started from scratch. You will leave encouraged to consider coding solutions and better ready to get started using code or supporting others as they build their own tools.

Participants will be asked to provide their own laptop and have the software already installed. Previous experience with python or coding in any programming languages not required. The workshop organizers recommend novices read through or take free python overviews/tutorials in advance.

Endorsed by the Education Committee.

Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment... Read More →


Friday March 30, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Washington A

9:00am EDT

Tour 3: Tour of the Fisher Fine Arts Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the architecture of Frank Furness at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fisher Fine Arts Library. The purpose-built library, one of the first of its kind, opened in 1891 as the University Library. It has had a long and storied history: library and museum, headquarters of the Institute of Contemporary Art, backdrop in the movie Philadelphia, and finally the home of the university’s collections on art, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and city planning. The building was restored in 1991 by the firm of Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown. Assistant Director Patty Guardiola will guide you through parts old and new – including the G. Holmes Perkins rare book collection on architectural history, and the recently opened Materials Library.

Free | Limited to 20 participants.
Online Registration (December 8th-March 16th)

Friday March 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Fisher Fine Arts Library 220 S 34th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

11:00am EDT

Tour 4: Tour of the Penn Museum Archives
Limited Capacity seats available

The Archives of the Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) house an extensive photograph collection, more than half a million images in all formats, of Penn’s excavations in the field. The histories of archaeology and photography are intertwined, and photographic documentation is essential in both archaeology and anthropology. Senior Archivist Alessandro Pezzati will guide you on a Behind the Scenes tour of rare photographic prints of pioneers in the field of archaeology and anthropology from around the world, ranging from the 1860s to the 1920s, including images by Edward S. Curtis, William Henry Jackson, Felix Bonfils, and more. 

$20.00 | Limited to 20 participants.
Online Registration (December 8th-March 16th)

Friday March 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

3:00pm EDT

Tour 5: Studio Artist Tours - Grays Ferry Area
Limited Capacity seats available

An afternoon of Artist Studio Tours. In the Grays Ferry area three artists based in and around Philadelphia are offering a behind the scenes tour of their studios. Lindsay Deifik will provide more insight into her prints, fabrics, drawings and sculptural processes and techniques, while Kris Benedict and Todd Arsenault, who share a studio space will discuss their painterly figurative and abstract works and discuss their collaborative series.

An info sheet with details about the tour is available at the registration desk.

Transportation is responsibility of participants though you can meet in the Loews Hotel lobby at 2:30 if you wish to share a Lyft to the first studio.


Free | Maximum 15 people for each studio visit.

Friday March 30, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Grays Ferry Area