Scholarships available for Summer Image Management Institute (SEI)

The Art Libraries of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are happy to announce that five scholarships to the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) will be sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (

SEI 2015 will be held at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign from June 9-12, 2015. This intensive workshop features a curriculum that specifically addresses the requirements of today’s professional in hands-on and lecture modules. SEI is suited to information professionals new to the field, and for more experienced professionals eager to respond to fast-changing technological advancements and job requirements. Individuals with a range of professional roles have benefited from past SEIs, including university and public librarians, archivists, and cultural heritage professionals responsible for image rights and reproductions.

Past graduates of SEI report that it was well worth the investment, providing perspectives not typically covered in graduate library curricula. They praised the expertise and preparedness of the instructors, and also appreciated opportunities for networking and sharing problem-solving perspectives. One participant noted, ”For someone not having a background in art history, it was a great introduction to working with image collections, and suggested some potential career paths to explore.”

Kress Foundation Scholarship recipients for SEI 2015 will each receive $770 to cover tuition, accommodations, and minor incidentals. Applications are being accepted now for the SEI Kress Scholarships, with a deadline of Friday, February 14, 2015.Recipients will be notified no later than March 14, 2015.If you are interested in applying for a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarship, information can be found on the SEI 2015 website at

SEI general registration will open later in January. Look for a description of the curriculum and information on accommodations at[VK2] Please feel free to contact the SEI co-chairs, Meghan Musolff ( or Greta Bahnemann ( with any questions.

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