Art historian, curator, decorative art and design devotee, textilian.
Erica is assistant curator in the Department of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current exhibition Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes runs through June 16, 2019 in the Textile Galleries. Previous exhibitions include Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design, Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, and Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry. She is currently working on the exhibition Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus, and a project about Dorothy Liebes, the American weaver, textile designer, and entrepreneur.
Prior to her appointment at the Art Institute, she 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.