Deborah Ziska, Adjunct Faculty
Deborah Ziska, principal and owner of Ziska: Communications & Collaborations, LLC, was formerly the chief of press and public information, National Gallery of Art, Washington, for two decades. In 27 years at the Gallery she managed publicity, advertising, and outreach for hundreds of exhibitions; acted as the Gallery’s lead spokesperson; launched social media; and initiated many local, national, and international collaborations. She sits on the boards of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the U.S. Committee of ICOM, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Organization of American States, Art Museum of the Americas. Honors include the Public Relations Society of America’s 2004 Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for Multicultural Public Relations and Advertising Age’s “Top Marketing 100.″ Ms. Ziska worked for the End Hunger Network; the Overseas Education Fund; Porter, Novelli, and Associates; the National Commission on Working Women; WUSA-TV (CBS); the American Red Cross; and the Prince George’s County School System, Maryland.
She studied studio art at the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, and earned a B.S. in advertising design with areas of concentration in radio/TV/film and art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. She studied telecommunications policy in the graduate program at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She speaks on museum marketing and public relations at conferences and seminars throughout the world.