[Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia]
(Exploring Openness – Institutional Innovation & Common Resources: A Survey of Practices, pt 2, 21 Jan, 14.00 – 15.30)
Jerica Ziherl, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (1959). She holds BA in Art History and History (1988) and PhD in Art History (2008) from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She lives and works in Novigrad – Cittanova (Istria, Croatia). Since January 2009 she has been employed as a directress of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka. From 1990 to 1992 she worked as a teacher of art history and history in elementary and high schools. From 1992 to 1994 she was a curator at Native Museum of Poreč, from 1999 to 2003 she directed Open University Novigrad and from 2006 to 2009 she was the head of Museum – Museo Lapidarium in Novigrad.
Ziherl also managed Rigo Gallery as a senior curator from 1995 to 2008. As a docent, she has been lecturing The Basics of Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka since 2007. Ziherl participated and lectured at more than fifteen Croatian and international scientific and professional conferences. She has also collaborated on scientific projects and has been an editor of scientific collections, art monographs, publicist writings and approximately fifty exhibition catalogues. Her scientific and expert works, as well as essays from a domain of art history and history, were published in various publications in Croatia and abroad and she curated around fifty exhibitions in Croatia, as well as seven international art shows, and acted as a selector at art events. Since 2007 she has been participating at EU Culture Programme X-Op exchange of Art Operators and Producers. She was a member of culture councils of Istrian County and City of Rijeka. Ziherl is a member of Croatian Society of Art Historians and AICA.