Danielle Burns is curator of special exhibitions at both the Houston Public Library and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) in Houston, Texas. She is an adjunct professor of art history and art appreciation at Lone Star College–North Harris Campus. She received her BA in history and political science from Prairie View A & M University, and her MA in art history from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
Previously, Burns served as development coordinator for the museum at Texas Southern University, where she later worked as exhibition coordinator and assistant curator. She has also worked at the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City and the Saint Louis Art Museum where she was the 2008-09 Romare Bearden Fellow. Burns also received the Mickey Leland International Enhancement Fellowship which allowed her to study contemporary East African art at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. With Michelle White of the Menil Collection, Burns organized The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil, and in 2011 she was a guest curator for Curate NYC.