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: 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


Seattle 2016: Keynote conference speaker, Sarah Bergmann

SarahBergmannFORWEBThe ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference committee is delighted to announce our keynote conference speaker: Sarah Bergmann, Founder and Director of the Pollinator Pathway.

Sarah Bergmann is a design thinker working across ecology, design, planning and culture.  She is the winner of the Betty Bowen Award and the Stranger Genius Award, and her work has been praised by NPR, Popular Science, KUOW and GOOD.

The Pollinator Pathway is a long-term project founded by Sarah Bergmann in 2008 that reframes our relationship to the planet. Based in design thinking and crossing ecology, planning and culture, the project is a physical response to the global transformation of landscape in the Age of Humankind. Its vision is to connect fragmented landscapes between cities, farms and wilderness via projects that, in cities, combine ecological design and underutilized space.  The first Pollinator Pathway, a mile long by 12 foot wide corridor of pollinator friendly gardens built in planting strips, runs from 12th to 29th Avenues on Seattle’s Columbia Street.

The Pollinator Pathway has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Bergmann lectures frequently to design and culture audiences, including at the University of Washington, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, Stanford University and TEDx.



Social events: Enhancing Natural Connections

If you’ve peeked at the conference program emerging in Sched, on the conference website, you may have noticed that the social activities feature the mingling of the ARLIS/NA + VRA memberships.

The Joint Conference Committee has planned four social events to provide opportunities for conference attendees to enjoy food, drink, a few of Seattle’s architectural features and  the opportunity to mix business with pleasure.

Wednesday, March 9
First-Time Attendees and New Members Reception
Westin Hotel

Seattle Art Museum
Yuri Levchenko “Seattle Art Museum” <> (CC BY 2.0)

Wednesday, March 9
Joint Conference Welcome Party

Seattle Art Museum

Thursday, March 10
Donor Recognition Event + International Attendees’ Reception
(by invitation only)
Rainier Club


Friday, March 11
Convocation Reception
Seattle Public Library

Sylvia Roberts,  Publicity team