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.