On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter Travel Awards Committee, it is our pleasure to announce the following award recipients:

ARLIS/Southern California Chapter Student Travel Award:

Megan Sallabedra, a first year MLIS student in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies with a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz, and an MA in Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California. Megan expects to earn her MLIS in 2019 and this will be her first ARLIS/NA conference. She has worked for the past several years in the field of fine arts in a range of roles – from organizing exhibitions and related programming at the exhibition space 356 Mission in Los Angeles, to selling art books at Ooga Booga, managing private art collections and public art projects at Lendrum Fine Art, to advanced research and writing on contemporary artists and practices as part of her own ongoing professional interests. She set her sights on a career trajectory in an art library setting after taking on a project with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Balch Art Research Library – prioritizing, digitizing and cataloging their holding of artist files, and she currently works part time as a Graduate Reference Assistant in the UCLA Arts Library.

ARLIS/Southern California Chapter Judith A. Hoffberg Travel Award:

Lorie S. Kim, a first-year student in UCLA’s MLIS program, specializing in Archival Studies. For her undergraduate degree in visual culture at the University of Southern California, Lorie wrote a senior research thesis on “The Convergence of Eastern and Western Design and Its Effects on the Development of Global Fashion.” Along with her academic studies, she has seven years of professional experience in the arts, which inspired both her aspirations for graduate studies in Library and Information Science and her professional pursuit of art librarianship and archival work. As an Exhibitions Intern in the Exhibitions Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for approximately two years, she assisted with all levels of exhibitions coordination, including maintaining the museum’s collections database and supporting a range of collections management projects. More recently she interned at the Los Angeles location of the Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery where her projects included digitization of curator Paul Schimmel’s archive of press material and organizing the libraries’ giveaway book collection. She then served as the representative for Los Angeles in the gallery’s global five-person Library Team, as the Los Angeles contact for Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ activities, as the Los Angeles gallery’s bookshop manager, and as the coordinator of Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ local Book & Printed Matter Lab, a small exhibition space for publication-related presentations and public programming. She now serves as a cataloger at ARCANA, an art bookstore in Culver City. This will be Lorie Kim’s first ARLIS/NA conference and she plans to attend the ‘Consulting with Artists: Creating, Describing, and Disseminating the Visual Arts’ workshop and the behind-the-scenes tour of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Please join us in congratulating Megan and Lorie and please help us welcome them to ARLIS/NA when you meet them in New York City!