Kathe Hicks Albrecht, visual resources curator in the Art History Program, Art Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was recently awarded the 2012 Visual Resources Association (VRA) Distinguished Service Award. Each year VRA, the premier international organization of visual resources professionals, invites nominations to honor an individual who has made an outstanding career contribution to the field of visual resources and image management. Recipients of this prestigious award, the organization’s highest honor, must have achieved a level of distinction in the field either through leadership, research, or service to the profession including outstanding innovation, participation, or project management.
Colleagues from Harvard University, Smith College, Princeton University, among other institutions submitted letters of support for Albrecht’s nomination and the award was bestowed during the 2012 VRA Annual Conference held in Albuquerque in April. Albrecht’s involvement in VRA as president, as representative to U.S. government’s Conference on Fair Use (CONFU), co-chair of the MESL project at American University, and her work on the VRA Foundation as founding director, were cited. Additionally, Albrecht’s efforts on behalf of visual resources education through chairmanship of the Summer Educational Institute were also noted in her award dossier. Albrecht is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).