VRA Travel Awards: 2008 Conference in San Diego

I am happy to announce the Travel Awards for attendance at the 2008 conference in San Diego, CA, March 12-16. Again we are announcing the 2008 awards earlier than in the past, with an earlier deadline for submission. Our goal with this last year was to be able to inform the recipients much sooner, who in turn can register and get in to workshops and other events that may fill up early. The new deadline for receipt of applications will be Wednesday, November 14, 5pm Pacific Time. Recipients will be informed no later than Wednesday, November 28.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of most workshops and sessions will be posted very soon at http://vraweb.org/conferences/index.html This information will be supplemented as things are confirmed, so please check back regularly. Basic conference cost information is already available to help with planning:

Pre-registration costs: $195 for members
Room rates (at conference hotel): $189 for single or double occupancy, $209 for triple, $229 for quadruple

This year there will be eight awards of $750 available (6 Tansey Fund awards, one corporate sponsored award from Archivision, and the Kathe Hicks Albrecht award). In addition, there are two corporate sponsored awards of $1,000 each for international members (from Davis Art Images and Saskia, Ltd.) as well as Top-Up Awards. These are for applicants with some funding but who need to supplement it – the awards range from $250 to $500. A huge thank-you goes out to all our Corporate Sponsors and to Kathe Albrecht for their support of this program!

The application form will again be available in the MemberClicks section of the VRA website. Before you apply, please read “Types of Travel Awards”, “Travel Award Rules and Guidelines”, and “Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants”, all linked here as PDFs:
http://www.vraweb.org/organization/committees/travel/index.html

Two notes about eligibility: you must be a VRA member to apply, and you cannot have won a VRA Travel Award in the last three years (2005-2007). International members (anyone based outside the US) are strongly encouraged to apply as we now have two awards of $1,000 available.

Stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference and posting of related documents. Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

Best wishes,
Jackie Spafford
Chair
VRA Travel Awards Committee

Addendum:

I am very happy to report some late-breaking news: we have one more corporate sponsored award to offer, from Gallery Systems. So we now have a total of NINE awards of $750 available (six Tansey Fund awards, two corporate sponsored awards, from Archivision and Gallery Systems, and the Kathe Hicks Albrecht award). In addition, there are two corporate sponsored awards of $1,000 each for international members (from Davis Art Images and Saskia, Ltd.) as well as Top-Up Awards.

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