Verna Curtis is a curator specializing in photographs and other works of art on paper. She graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of California-Berkeley, and M.A. in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also attended Arizona State University, where she studied photography and met her husband, an architect and sculptor. Curtis, a Miami Beach native, is former Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Among the awards she has received are an American Association of Museums/International Partnerships Among Museums grant to investigate F. Holland Day at the Royal Photographic Society in England and a Library of Congress grant to research photographer Arnold Genthe in California and Japan. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectured, and published widely.
Her publications include Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography (New York: Aperture Foundation, 2011); Ambassadors of Progress: American Women Photographers in Paris, 1900-1901 (Giverny: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2001); F. Holland Day; Selected Texts and Bibliography (Oxford: Clio Press, 1995); La Tauromaquia; Goya, Picasso and the Bullfight (Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986); Photography and Reform: Lewis Hine & the National Child Labor Committee (Milwaukee Art Museum, 1982).