Irena Zdanowicz began her curatorial career at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968, in the Department of Decorative Arts, moving in 1972, to Prints and Drawings. She was Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings from 1981 to 2001 and there was responsible for an array of exhibitions and catalogues across the whole span of the collection. Since her retirement from the NGV she has collaborated (with Stephen Coppel) on the British Museum’s catalogue, Fred Williams: an Australian Vision (2003) and was engaged by the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to prepare an exhibition and catalogue on the emotions in art (Masters of Emotion, 2007). In 2017 she published the intaglio section of the fully responsive online catalogue raisonné of Rick Amor: an Online Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints (https://catalogue.rickamor.com.au). Her research now is focused on the art of Bea Maddock. She is working on an online catalogue raisonné of Bea Maddock’s late works (from 1984 on) which is to be published by the University of Melbourne. In 2020 she was awarded an OAM for services to the NGV.