Art historian, curator, decorative art and design devotee, textilian.
Erica Warren is associate curator in the Department of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her exhibition Weaving beyond the Bauhaus, which examines the impact of the Bauhaus weaving workshop on American art, will be on view in the Textile Galleries at the Art Institute until February 17, 2020. Previous exhibitions include Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes, Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design, Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, and Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry. Her current projects include an exhibition and catalogue about the contemporary artist Bisa Butler and research on Dorothy Liebes, the American weaver, textile designer, and entrepreneur.
Prior to her appointment at the Art Institute, Erica was a curatorial fellow in the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and a research assistant in the Department of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While in Philadelphia, she curated the exhibition The Main Dish.
She also has taught courses on the history of design and craft at Drexel University and at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She earned her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota and also has participated in the Attingham Summer School.