About these awards:

Thanks to the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Art Libraries Society of North America is in the third of a six-year grant to fund an initiative for international travel to promote the exchange of ideas and information among art librarians. This grant will support bringing select arts information professionals together at annual conferences that will enhance connections that can lead to national and international projects and initiatives.

The award will provide funding to assist European librarians and art information professionals to attend the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and for ARLIS/NA members to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Art Libraries Satellite Meeting and other European art library conferences.

In 2016, ARLIS/NA will meet with the Visual Resources Association for a joint conference in Seattle, Washington (state) from March 8-12, 2016 and IFLA will hold the Art Libraries Satellite Meeting in Chicago, August 9-11, 2016.

The generous grant from the Kress Foundation will allow ARLIS/NA to make multiple grants to conference participants with the minimum award at $1,000 (USD).

In order to allow for travel to conferences taking place throughout the entire year of 2016, applications will be accepted in two rounds.

Application forms & information:

Round 1 Applications:

For travel by Europeans to the ARLIS/NA+VRA Joint Conference or by ARLIS/NA members to European meetings before May 1, 2016.

Eligibility:

    • Applicants may only receive a Kress award twice within a six-year period.
    • European librarians and art information professionals may apply for funding to attend the ARLIS/NA+VRA Joint Conference in Seattle, WA, March 8-12, 2016.
    • Applicants must have proper travel documents for entering the United States.
    • ARLIS/NA members may apply to attend a European conferences held before May 1, 2016.

Dates:

    • Deadline for Round 1: applications must be received via email no later than December 21, 2015.
    • Notification for Round 1 awards will be by January 15, 2016.
Round 2 Applications:

For ARLIS/NA Members to attend meetings between May and December 2016.

Eligibility:

    • Applicants may only receive a Kress award twice within a six-year period.
    • IFLA Art Libraries Standing Committee members are ineligible to apply for funding to attend the IFLA Art Libraries Satellite Meeting.
    • ARLIS/NA members may apply for funding to attend the IFLA Art Libraries Satellite Meeting in Chicago, August 9-11, 2016.
    • ARLIS/NA members may apply for funding to attend a European library conference held between May 1 through December 31, 2016.

Dates:

    • Deadline for Round 2: applications must be received via email no later than February 28, 2016.
    • Notification for Round 2 awards will be by March 31, 2016.

Please complete the form and send to the Samuel H. Kress International Travel Awards Subcommittee, Carole Ann Fabian (chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application [MS Word]