A Picture Perfect Event

Sonoma State University welcomed individuals from all over the country to attend the California Visual Resources Association Conference this past June. The Northern and Southern California chapters of the VRA held a two-day meeting discussing many aspects of managing collections of visual images in universities and museums.

Of the speakers who attended, one was our very own SSU alumnus, Gawain Weaver who graduated in 2001 with a double concentration in chemistry and art history. Weaver since went on to graduate school at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and had several internships under his belt in art conservation.

He described his experiences working in photographic preservation and starting his own business in San Anselmo providing photographic restoration services to individuals and historic collections. Of the other speakers who attended were Ben Wood, a Bay Area video artist and Carl Schmitz who spoke about the process of Richard Diebenkorn's work.

From New York to Texas to local Californians, guests were able to experience information on photography as well as special collection materials and a tour of the Jack London room from SSU librarians, Lynne Prime and Dayle Reilly.

Karen Kessel, Visual Resources Specialist for the Art and Art History department, was the local host; Greg Roberts and Matt Barnes in the Art and Art History Department and Linda Eichhorn and Mike Kiraly of the Schulz Information Center are all recognized for making this event picture perfect.

To review the presentations, visit https://sites.google.com/site/cavracon2013/program.