Virginia Mecklenburg is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a writer and lecturer who specializes in American art of the twentieth century. Her books include Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury, and Edward Hopper: The Watercolors. Mecklenburg received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she taught art history at the University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C.