With the Visual Resources Association Foundation Internship award, sponsored by Samuel H. Kress Foundation, around the corner, I wanted to prime everyone’s pump for applying for internships! Some opportunities currently available:

Preservation Digital Technology Internship at the Library of Congress:

  • The goal of the internship is to provide Library Science and Information Technology students with the opportunity to study and work with state-of-the-art digital technologies for digital reformatting of library materials.
    If you are accepted, a minimum of 250 hours — on a part-time or full-time schedule — is generally required.

Various Internships at the Smithsonian Libraries (deadline April 1 or until filled):

  • Native American Artist Files; Educational Programs and Resource Development; Chesapeakiana Collection Project

Cataloging Internship_Summer 2017 (Guggenheim Museum Library, with stipend)

  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is currently recruiting for a Cataloging Internship available in the Library department for our upcoming summer 2017 session (June 1August 11). The Guggenheim offers stipends to all participating interns – $500 for undergraduate-level students, and $1,000 for graduate-level students. These stipends will be awarded to all applicants who are accepted into our summer 2017 cycle!

Call for Residents – NDSR Art – National Digital Stewardship Residency Program for Art Information Professionals


NDSR Art seeks resident applications for its inaugural cohort!

The resident application period is open until March 17, 2017 and four residents will be selected for the inaugural NDSR Art cohort. Goals and specific responsibilities required by each host institution project are available on the 2017-2018 Projects page.Visit the Resident Applicant page for details about the program and resident application process. For more information, join NDSR Art program staff and the 2017-2018 hosts for the Resident Applicant Webinar on Tuesday, February 28th.

Webinar: Resident Applicant Webinar

Feb 28, 2017 11:00 AM EST

Register here

About NDSR Art

NDSR Art is a residency program that helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital preservation and stewardship. The program supports art librarians, art information professionals, and visual resource curators in their endeavor to provide long-term, durable access to institutional repositories, born-digital works of art, and interactive technologies.

NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For additional information, visit the NDSR Art website at or email:

SEI scholarships – deadline extended!

Kress Scholarships to Attend the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources & Image Management

We’ve extended the deadline by a week! The deadline is now FEBRUARY 24th

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are excited that for SEI 2017, which will be held June 6-9, 2017, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information about our instructors, curriculum, and to REGISTER, visit:


  • The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor six scholarships. Recipients will each receive $833 to cover tuition, accommodations, and minor incidentals.
  • Kress Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 24, 2017.
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vita and a brief essay describing the effect attending SEI would have on their studies or their careers.
  • All applications will be evaluated by SEI co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation staff. More information is also available here.
  • Submit your application materials via e-mail in a single document (PDF preferred), using the following file naming convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_KRESS2017 to the SEI Co-Chairs, emails listed below.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, March 10, 2017.
  • Following the workshop, each Kress Scholarship recipient will be asked to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship.

Here’s what two attendees said about last year’s SEI:

Heather Slania, National Museum of Women in the Arts

“At SEI, I developed an informal network of people I feel like I can follow up with on any sort of project, not just digital projects, if I need help in the future.”

Luiza Wainer, MLIS Student, University of Washington

“The courses offered provided me with a greater sense of the multitude of factors a visual resources librarian needs to consider in their day-to-day activities.”

We hope to see you there!

Jesse Henderson, SEI 2017 Co-Chair (

Nicole Finzer, SEI 2017 Co-Chair (

2017 Summer Internships, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2017 Summer Internships at the National Gallery of Art
June 5 to August 4, 2017
Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500.
Application deadline: January 13, 2017

Conservation: Paper
The intern will assist paper conservators in organizing and cataloging items in the Paper Sample Collection of historic and contemporary artists’ drawing and printing papers. Other responsibilities will include recording watermarks photographically and researching papermaking companies. Current graduate students and 2017 graduates in conservation, studio art, or archival studies are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of paper and papermaking is essential.

Library: Rare Photographs Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the David Finn Archive. Finn (b. 1921) is a noted photographer of sculpture and the Library has acquired his complete archive that documents the medium of sculpture from antiquity to the modern era. Current graduate students in American or European art history (15th to 20th century) are eligible to apply. Reading knowledge of a European language is desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of photographic processes and familiarity with museum registration, library systems, or archives procedures and methods.

Library: Reproductive Prints Project
The intern will assist with cataloging, inventorying, and digitizing the Library’s collection of reproductive prints of works of art. The prints represent a variety of print techniques and depict works by old master artists. Current graduate students in European art history (15th to 20th century) are eligible to apply. Advanced knowledge of French or another European language is desirable. Candidates should also have understanding of printmaking techniques and materials as well as familiarity with museum registration or archival procedures and methods.

The Gallery Archives is responsible for historical documents, photographs, and drawings about the past of the National Gallery of Art and its landmark buildings. The intern will be assigned an archival arrangement and description project working with historical files, architectural drawings, media, or digital documents. Candidates should have knowledge of archival principles and procedures, familiarity with art or architectural history, and an interest in an archival career. Current art history, collections management, or archival studies graduate students and 2017 program graduates are invited to apply.

Curatorial Records and Files
The intern will work with department staff to integrate documentation on accessions from the Corcoran Gallery of Art into the curatorial files, and to update bibliographic and provenance information on the collection database. Duties may also include processing labels removed from the backs of paintings, comparing the information with known exhibitions and previous owners, and then preparing the labels to be integrated into curatorial files. The intern will serve as a departmental assistant, helping staff and outside scholars use the curatorial files and assisting with the annual departmental inventory and other special projects. Current art history or museum studies graduate students and 2017 graduates of such programs are invited to apply. A demonstrated ability for careful, precise, and independent work is essential. Familiarity with museum collection databases is preferred. Reading knowledge of Italian, German, or French preferred.

For more information about our summer internship program, including application guidelines, please visit our Web site:

Internship, Gagosian Gallery Library, New York

PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Gagosian Gallery Fall Library Internship

The Gagosian Gallery library is looking for a current MLIS/MLS student to intern at its Madison Avenue location during the fall of 2016.

The potential candidates must be able to commit to a minimum of two days a week, one of which may be a Saturday.

The intern will catalog books according to in-house standards, manage inventory of auction catalogs, maintain an orderly library, and assist with special projects as needed.

Candidates should be organized, analytical, reliable, and able to work independently. A background in modern and contemporary art is desirable, though not required.

The internship is paid and may be taken for school credit if necessary.

Please send resume and cover letter to Arielle Cohen at

Job posting: Information Resources Technical Specialist, University of Michigan

Information Resources Technical Specialist (link)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Visual Resources Collections (VRC) unit of the Department of the History of Art supports faculty, students, and staff with their visual resource needs. VRC staff acquire images of visual culture, provide descriptive information specific to the study of art history and other disciplines, and assist in instruction for digitizing, describing, finding, and using images to aid in the study of visual culture.

The candidate selected for the Information Resources Technical Specialist position will perform complex technical and bibliographic functions and serve as metadata coordinator. Responsibilities will include; coordinating the acquisitions and metadata of images, and overseeing technical processing of image cataloging. This position will oversee the standardization of cataloging data to professional standards and best practices (VRA Core, Cataloging Cultural Objects). In addition to cataloging, digital imaging of archival materials will be part of the daily workflow.

CFP: 2017 VRA Conference VREPS lightning round

Call for Proposals for the “New Faces, New Voices: Emerging Professionals Lightning Round”

Due: EOB August 29

Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) is pleased to to announce a call for proposals for lightning presentations by new professionals (within 10 years of the start of their career) and students for the 2017 Visual Resources Association’s Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The format is 24 x 7 (24 slides in 7 minutes), with 8-10 presenters. A moderator will keep talks on time and facilitate discussion.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form at: 

If you have any questions, please email me at: