Seattle 2016: Joint conference tag for social media

And we’re off!  The ARLIS + VRA Joint Conference has begun, with tours and meetings today, and sessions starting tomorrow.

For those of you who will be sharing your thoughts and experiences, via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets, please tag your post with the official Joint Conference tag:  ARLISNAVRA2016.    We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,
Sylvia Roberts + Stephanie Beene
Joint Conference Publicity Team

Seattle 2016: Poster prizes selected by you!

The Joint Conference Poster Session will be held Friday, March 11 • 12:30pm – 2:00pm, in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel.  All conference attendees will receive a ballot in their registration packet.

LunchServedHere3Grab lunch and visit this exhibition of 40 posters representing innovative practice at art institutions, chat with presenters and vote for your favourites.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories:

  1. Best of Show: Awarded to poster judged most excellent overall in display and presentation
  2. Most Creative: Awarded to poster judged most imaginative or original in form, theme, presentation or topic
  3. Most Engaging Presenter: Awarded to presenter that best conveys information in an appealing or captivating manner
  4. Best Display: Awarded to poster with most effective use of visuals to describe one’s research or project
  5. Most Inspiring: Awarded to poster that motivates the viewer to take action
Winners will be recognized with certificates and noted on the conference Sched.

Seattle 2016: Getting to the Welcome Party and Convocation Reception

We look forward to seeing all Seattle Joint Conference attendees at the Welcome Party Reception on Wednesday, March 9, 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  We will be walking the short distance from the Westin Hotel to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).

If you would like to walk with a group, please congregate at the assembly area at the foot of the North Tower escalator in the Westin Lobby. Groups will leave for the SAM  between 6:45pm and 7:30pm.  The distance is approximately 0.5 mile.

If you have any mobility issues, there will be a small van available to shuttle you to the museum. Because seating is limited, we ask that if you would like to use this van, please put your name on a sign-up sheet at the Registration Desk.

During the Welcome Reception, attendees will have access to all of the Seattle Art Museum’s galleries, including the current special exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

The SAM will open all of their stores for the evening, especially for us. Please take time to visit the Special Exhibition Store, SAM Books on the Main Level, and the SAM Shop on the Lower Level. The SAM Shops will be giving attendees at 10% discount and will be doing giveaways in the Special Exhibition Store and the SAM Shop during our event. Please note that this promo is one night only and while supplies last.

For the Convocation Reception on Friday, March 11, 2016, we’ll be riding in chartered coaches to the Seattle Public Library. Please meet at the assembly area at the foot of the North Tower escalators, after Convocation, between 8:00pm and 8:45pm.  We will lead you downstairs to board the coaches at the Westin’s Westlake Avenue entrance.

Thank you, and safe travels!
Alan Michelson
Traci Timmons
Josh Polansky


Seattle 2016: Packing for Seattle? Leave room in your suitcase!

Leave room in your suitcase for what you’ll be bringing back from the Super Market: Curated and Crafted!

This year’s fundraiser has both an onsite silent auction in Seattle and an online Etsy store consisting of fabulous wares, handmade by members of both ARLIS/NA and VRA.

The Etsy store is available 24/7 and we’re adding more stuff all the time.  Browsing for that perfect gift (for yourself)?  Don’t wait to buy it!  Once it’s sold, all that’s left will be your regrets. Admire treasures already sold on the Etsy site

SeattleCityofLitWondering how much room to leave in your bag?  Preview some of the great silent auction items collected so far.  This year, you’ll also be able to add on USPS flat-rate shipping at the silent auction, for the heavier items that you don’t want to pack.   So get your credit card handy as you’re sure to find something that you can’t live without.

Learn more at the Super Market blog, the conference website, and the Etsy store.

The Super Market Committee:
Dayna Holz, College of San Francisco
Traci Timmons, Seattle Art Museum
Cindy Abel Morris, University of New Mexico

Seattle 2016: Tour and Reception Assembly Point

The area around the North Tower escalators on the Westin Hotel’s Lobby Level will be used as the assembly point for all tour departures and transportation to the Welcome Party and the Convocation Reception.


Please assemble at this staging area 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.  Tour guides will have signs identifying themselves




If you prefer to take a taxi to the Welcome Reception at the Seattle Art Museum, they can be hailed from the porte-cochere on the Westin’s main entrance, located on Westlake Avenue, on the Sixth Avenue side of the hotel.

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Seattle 2016: Grab & Go Lunch on Friday, 12:30pm, Grand Level

To make it easier for conference attendees to visit the Poster Session in the Grand Ballroom, on Friday, March 11,  we have arranged for boxed lunches to be available for sale on the Grand Level between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.


We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to stay in the Westin, view the 40 posters and interact with their presenters.

The lunch menu is below:

  • Wraps $ 9.50
    Turkey & Cheddar
    Ham & Swiss
  • Salads $9.50
    Chicken Caesar salad
    Chef’s Chop salad (Vegetarian)
  • Potato Chips $3.00
  • Cookie $2.00
  • Apple or Banana $2.00
  • Bottled Water $3.00

Thank you very much!

Alan Michelson,  Conference Co-Chair

Seattle 2016: Museum discounts

Hello Seattle Conference Attendees,

We are happy to offer an array of museum ticket discounts to our 2016 Joint Conference guests, listed below.  Thank you to Bridget Nowlin, Angela Weaver and Traci Timmons for arranging all of this!

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Attribution Dale Costello, “
09 Chihuly Glass” (CC BY 2.0)

Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA
Seattle Space Needle

Discount offered for visits during the conference, March 7-10.
Special Combo Ticket with Space Needle: A discount to the adjacent Space Needle is also offered in combination with Chihuly Garden and Glass.  The combo ticket is $33.60 with taxes and both must be visited in the same day. The promo code and website will be found in an email shared with conference participants.

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Free admission with conference badge
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, WA
$2 off the $8 admission with conference badge
Closed Mondays

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA
$2 off admission with conference badge
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA
20% off exhibit admission with conference badge

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
50% for admission; 10% off in shops with conference badge
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
719 S King St, Seattle, WA
$7 admission (regularly $14.95) with conference badge
Closed Mondays

Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA
$2 off $15 admission with conference badge
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Seattle 2016: From the airport to the Westin via light rail

When you arrive at SeaTac International Airport, follow the signs from baggage claim for Link Light Rail, as shown in this video.

Trains run with frequency of 6 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day. On weekdays, trains are in service from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM. See Link Light Rail Schedules for details.

At the station, purchase a ticket from the vending machines before taking the escalator or elevator up to the platform. The fare from SeaTac to Westlake Station (nearest to the Westin) is $3.00.

There is only one light rail line departing from SeaTac and you will ride it the entire length of the route until you reach Westlake Station.01

At Westlake Station take the escalator or elevator upstairs to the mezzanine level, following the sign for 5th Ave & Pine St.

0204On the mezzanine, look for the Nordstrom sign and proceed up via escalator or elevator until you reach the surface.

07You’ll be standing on Pine St., facing Old Navy. Turn right and walk to the corner of 5th and Pine.

08Turn right again, walking downhill on 5th Ave. You will see the two round towers of the Westin at the end of the block.

10When you reach Bartell Drugs, look up and the Westin is right in front of you.


Seattle 2016: What our members are saying

To celebrate the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference, “What Our Members Are Saying” includes a guest post by Visual Resources Association (VRA) members as well as our own ARLIS/NA folks.

Serenity Ibsen is Technical Services and Archives Librarian, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and VRA member: “I am so grateful for my amazing colleagues who are always willing to share information and experiences. I look forward to meeting some of them in person in Seattle and to catching up with my chapter. This will be my first VRA conference and because it’s local this year, I was able to requisition institutional support to attend. I’m excited that this will be a joint conference with ARLIS/NA because I also have friends who are ARLIS/NA members and I’m happy that members of both organizations will be in the same place soon.”

Suzanne Rackover is Manager, Library & Archives, Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, The Banff Centre,  serving multiple roles in the Joint Conference organizing committee, the Development Committee and ARLIS/NA Northwest chapter executive: “I joined ARLIS/NA in my second year of library school at McGill in 2009. I already knew some members of theMontreal-Ottawa-Quebec chapter since the art and art library community in Montreal is fairly tight knit. However, the chapter meetings helped me get to know these individuals in a professional capacity and showed me what a welcoming community ARLIS/NA is.”

Read other What Our Members are Saying posts to lead about the breadth and depth of our members’ experience within ARLIS/NA.


Seattle 2016: Joint Conference Convocation and Awards Ceremonies

Join your colleagues and friends in a celebration of scholarship and professional excellence.

Friday, March 11, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Grand 3 Ballroom, The Seattle Westin

Sarah Bergmann, Director of the Pollinator Pathway, will give the conference keynote address, followed by a joint ARLIS/NA + VRA awards ceremony.

Note that some awards will be given at the individual ARLIS/NA and VRA membership meetings (details below).

We will then continue the celebration.

Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave

Coaches will be provided for transportation to the reception.  If you prefer to enjoy a 15 minute walk to the reception, meet official conference shepherds in the Westin lobby to go in a group.

Awards at Convocation

  • ARLIS/NA Worldwide Books Awards for Publications
  • ARLIS/NA H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award
  • VRA Nancy DeLaurier Award
  • ARLIS/NA Melva Dwyer Award
  • ARLIS/NA George Wittenborn Award
  • ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award
  • VRA Distinguished Service Award

Awards at the ARLIS/NA Annual Membership and Business Meeting
Friday March 11, 2016 9:00am – 10:30am
Grand 3 Ballroom The Seattle Westin

  • ARLIS/NA Freitag Internship Award,
  • ARLIS/NA Gerd Muehsam Award
  • ARLIS/NA Travel Awards
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art Research Award

Awards at the VRA Annual Business and Membership Meeting
Thursday March 10, 2016 7:30am – 9:30am
Grand 3 Ballroom The Seattle Westin

  • VRA Foundation Internship Award
  • VRA Foundation Award
  • VRA Travel Awards