University of Manchester (Sotheby’s Institute Of Art) London, United Kingdom

Masters of Art: Contemporary Art May 2015

Thesis: “Where Injury and Ecstasy Intersect: Abstraction of the Black Female Body in Contemporary Artistic Practice” 

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts: Political Science May 2001

Bachelor of Arts: African and African American Studies May 2001

Thesis: “Art, Power and Politics in Africa: Secrets of the Sande and Poro Masquerade”



Curator of African American Manuscripts, Smithsonian Archives of American Art: January 8, 2018 to Present

Director, Kruger Gallery, Chicago, Illinois and Marfa, Texas: July 1, 2015- July 1, 2016.

Director, Community Engagement, Audience Development & Adult Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York: Sept. 2011 – April 2013

Manager, Community Engagement and Programs, ArtsWave, Cincinnati, Ohio: Nov. 2010 - Sept. 2011 

Associate Director, Leadership Advisory Committee, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Nov. 2007 - Nov. 2010

Executive Director, Congo Square Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois: Oct. 2006- Oct. 2007

Director of Development, Chicago Dramatists; Chicago, Illinois: Oct. 2004- Oct. 2006


In the Eye of the Beholder. Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.  Aug. 17 – Dec. 16, 2018
Jeffly Gabriel Molina: Efforts of Affection at Kruger Gallery Chicago. June 2 – July 2, 2016
Malerie Marder: Anatomy and At Rest at Kruger Gallery Marfa.   May 28 – Sept. 24, 2016
Zohra Opoku: Draped Encounters/Beyond Visage at Kruger Gallery Chicago. Apr. 14 – May 14, 2016
Patrick Earl Hammie: Inheritance at Kruger Gallery Chicago.   Feb. 25 – Mar. 26, 2016
Sienna Shields: Invisible Woman at Kruger Gallery Chicago.   Jan. 7 – Feb. 6, 2016
Adrian Esparza and Min Sun Lee: Translating Place at Kruger Gallery Marfa.  Oct. 9 – Mar. 28, 2016
Katie Kahn: Up Carcass and March at Kruger Gallery Chicago. Sept. 11 – Oct. 24, 2015
Garza Marfa at Kruger Gallery Chicago.   July 17 – Aug. 29, 2015
Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Statues Also Love at 50 Golborne Road, London.  June 12– July 18, 2015
African Renaissance II : Cheick Diallo, Cyrus Kabiru, Namsa Leuba, Pierre Christophe, Babacar Niang, at 50 Golborne Road, London.  April 1 – June 1, 2015  
Bruce Onobrakpeya: Select Works 1969-1989 at Art Dubai,United Arab Emirates.  Mar. 18-21, 2015
Phoebe Boswell: Transit Terminal. Tafeta, London. Mar. 26 –Apr. 25, 2015
Babajide Olatunji: Tribal Marks Series III, Tafeta, London.  Feb.18 – Mar. 11, 2015


“Adrian Piper and David Hammons: The Art of Autonomy - Black Conceptual Art and Civil Rights”

“El Anatsui: Inextricably Linked”

“Glenn Ligon: On the Verge of Visibility”

“ Jean Michel Basquiat’s ‘Riding With Death’”

“Julie Mehretu: ‘Renegade Delirium’”

“Okwui Enwezor: Addressing Apartheid in the Artworld”



Curator in Residence: Artpace August 2017

Juror: 2017 South Arts Awards March 2017

Panelist: "Black Drawls" University of Illinois at Chicago, Gallery 400.  November 2016

Guest Curator: Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans. October 2016

Juror: Art Slant Round 6. August 2016

Memberships and Affiliations


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Liaison, Leadership Advisory Committee, Art Institute of Chicago

Liaison, Studio Society, Studio Museum in Harlem

Liaison, Friends of Education, Museum Of Modern Art

Member, Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Gala Committee, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Member, Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee

Member, Illinois Finance Committee, Democratic National Committee, 2008, 2012


Foreign Language




Africa: Malawi, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa

Europe: Denmark, Italy, France, Germany. United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium

Middle East: United Arab Emirates

Select Press

Chicago Tribune: “Kruger Gallery Chicago Hires Seasoned Museum Art Administrator & Curator as Gallery Director” July 17, 2015.

Artslant: “These Chicago Curators Are Expanding the Cultural Conversation from the Inside Out” by Lee Ann Norman. July 11, 2016.

"Meet the Inaugural Curator for Artpace San Antonio's newest program." by Katie Nickas. August 21, 2017.

Glasstire. "Artpace Announces Biannual Curatorial Residency". June 28, 2017.

Artfix Daily. "Archives of American Art Announces New Positions for African American Collecting Initiative." March 13, 2018.

The Network Journal. "Erin J. Gilbert Appointed Curator of African-American Manuscripts at the Smithsonian." March 14, 2018.

2010 - present

2010 - present

The Art Institute of Chicago

2007- 2010


University of Manchester.

​2013- 2015

University of Michigan.

​1997- 2001

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