Internship Award Recipients


Pattillo_headshot_2016[3] Rebecca Patillo, recent recipient of a dual MA in history and MLIS from Indianapolis University, Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI), to conduct work on the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Clowes Fund Collection of Old Masters, in support of a forthcoming digital publication.

Rebecca writes:

The successful creation of metadata for 7,000+ conservation images, the implementation of updated workflows for future imaging and metadata application, and integration into the museum’s DAM would not have been possible without the generous funding from the Kress Foundation. The impact of the VRAF Internship is far greater than just one capsule project and I am thrilled to know that I had a large part in improving The Indianapolis Museum of Art Conservation department’s digital imaging practices in updating their workflows to follow current best practices. The workflows established will continue to be used by Conservation staff following my departure, improving the efficiency and documentation of conservation to preserve the museum’s most precious and important works of art.

The professional development this project provided far exceeded my expectations. The VRAF Internship has given me the opportunity to expand my skills in visual resource management, and improve my mastery of metadata, controlled vocabularies, and authorities, particularly within DAMs. Working across multiple departments increased my understanding of cross-departmental needs and how to tailor language for multiple levels of familiarity with metadata, resource management, and digital asset management. Further, it gave me added confidence of my knowledge of visual resource management and ability to train and instruct others. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent the VRAF, Kress Foundation, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art as the recipient of this prestigious internship.


Meghan McGowan, MLIS and MA history candidate, Wayne State University, to digitize and catalog photographic materials in the Research Library and Archives of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Megan writes, “The Visual Resources Foundation Internship award granted me the opportunity to work in a prestigious institution that I otherwise would not have had. Much of my experience has been rooted in manuscript collections and digitally born materials and I had not worked with photographs. For my placement, I decided to work for the Detroit Institute of Arts as I wanted to positively contribute to Detroit. Since accepting the position, I have digitized photographs that have largely consisted of exhibition images from as early as museum’s launch in the 1890s to exhibitions in the 1990s. Additionally, I have digitized photographs of notable events and artists working on their installments, including a photograph of Diego Rivera painting the mural in the DIA with Frida Kahlo at his side. Recently, I even stumbled upon photographs someone took in the 1900s and 1910s of staples of Detroit’s heritage, including Belle Isle.

This project fostered my passion for visual archival resources. Without this award, I would not have had the opportunity to spearhead this project alongside the director of the DIA’s research library. The images would have remained vaulted until she was able to gather resources to begin the digitization process and I am honored to have been entrusted by both the VRAF and Maria Ketcham at the DIA. It is incredible to be able to work with vital images and this experience has reaffirmed my desire to stay in Detroit and give back to my city through my work with archival collections and visual resources.”


Gabriella Karl-Johnson, MLIS candidate, Queens College, to work in the Digital Media Services & Image Archive at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.


Angie Yip, MLIS, Wayne State University, to work in the Visual Resources Department, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

Angie writes, “The VRAF Internship Award has provided a very rich and rewarding experience in exposing me to the visual resources area of librarianship.  It has not only allowed me to work on a collaborative project between three community partners in Detroit, but has helped to develop a mentorship relationship with my supervisor at the College for Creative Studies. She has taken the time and care in helping me understand the visual resources community and its history, as well as inviting me to a VRA chapter meeting, and ensuring I learn as much as possible about visual resources, including the opportunities to do more in-depth digital imaging, and learning about embedding images.  In such a short time, I have a greater appreciation, and stronger desire, to work in the visual resources field.”