Mirna was born in Zagreb, Croatia and migrated to Australia in 1979. She trained as an anthropologist and teacher, studying at the University of Adelaide. In 2004, Mirna was appointed as Art & Heritage Collections Manager at the University of Adelaide, a new position with responsibility for the visual arts, a wide range of other collections and public cultural activities. This area has now morphed into University Collections and the role changed to Director.
Prior to her work at the university, Mirna was Executive Director of Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, 1996-2004, organising visual and performing art programs, engaging in multicultural advocacy and community cultural development. She is the President of Museums Australia (SA Branch), state representative of the Museums Australia National Council, Secretary of the Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia and a member of the Executive Board of International Council of Museums of Australia (ICOM).
Anna completed her BA Hons (First Class) in Classical Studies, majoring in Classical Archaeology, in 2001 at the University of Adelaide. In 2003 Anna moved to Sydney to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney. Anna’s thesis examined the influence that Aboriginal Keeping Places have had upon the practices of state museums.
At the beginning of 2005, Anna returned to Adelaide and began working as the Collections Officer with University Collections at the University of Adelaide. Anna has a keen interest in the arts and a particular interest in the field of museology. Prior to beginning at the university she undertook work experience and volunteer work with the Aboriginal Heritage Unit at the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Macleay Museum in Sydney and the Anthropology Department at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide.
Anna has been the Secretary for the Council of University Museums and Collections (CAUMAC) since 2010.
Elizabeth began at University Collections in 2010 as acting Collections Officer. After a short stint as a Special Projects Officer in 2014, she was appointed Project Officer of University Collections, utilising her professional knowledge and interest in Adelaide's artistic and cultural industry to contribute to the annual Cultural Program. Elizabeth also leads the University Collections Volunteer Group of over 30 volunteers, who assist University Collections through guiding, museum supervision and maintenance, collection database input and collection research.
Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Visual Art degree from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2004, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Art History in 2006 and a Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies) degree in 2007. Prior to her employment with the university, Elizabeth held the role of Gallery Director of the Adelaide Central Gallery from 2008-09, and performed volunteer and professional roles at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia and the South Australian Maritime Museum. She has maintained her passion for art and culture through exhibitions of her own work and involvement in professional networks across Adelaide and Australia. Elizabeth is the Secretary for Museums Australia (SA Branch).
Julian has been involved in the management and care of the university's visual art collection since 1993. He had extensive experience as an art handler and installation technician working with Adelaide's three universities. Julian's work involves the preparation and setting up of exhibitions, packaging and transport and general care and maintenance of artworks.
His knowledge of materials and fastening techniques and a keen attention to detail ensures safe and attractive presentation. Julian has also played a role in photographing and cataloguing artworks and heritage items.