Erica Warren


Erica Warren is associate curator of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she researches, interprets, builds, and shares the global textile collection. She specializes in modern decorative arts and design as well as contemporary artists with a textile-based practice. Her curatorial projects and scholarship engage with and examine the historiography of textiles within art historical discourse, narratives of modernity, and ongoing debates about the hierarchy of art forms. Among her current projects are an exhibition and catalogue on the contemporary artist Bisa Butler and research on Dorothy Liebes, the American weaver, textile designer, and entrepreneur.

Warren has taught courses on the history of modern design and American craft at Temple University and Drexel University. She earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota and an MA from New York University.


"Intersecting Threads: Scandinavian Weaving Influences in the United States,” for the exhibition catalog Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980, edited by Bobbye Tigerman and Monica Obniski (Los Angeles: Prestel, 2020)


Entries [Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, Century Guild, Collinson and Lock, Cotswolds, Georgian, Georgian Revival, Glasgow Style, Guild of Handicraft, Hukin and Heath, Jeffrey and Co., Liberty and Co., Linthorpe Pottery, Morris and Co., Queen Anne Revival, Regency, and Sanderson and Sons] for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design (London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2016)   



Weaving beyond the Bauhaus, Art Institute of Chicago, 2019-2020

Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, Art Institute of Chicago, 2017-2018

Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, 2016-2017

The Main Dish, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014


Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
Martha Ward
Martha Ward
19th and 20th Century Art
MAPH Art History Advisor
CWAC 253