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Nicole J. Caruth is a cultural worker with over fifteen years experience as a writer, curator, educator, and arts administrator. Her interests include participatory art practices, informal art education, food and food justice, community health, and digital media.
Nicole's writing has appeared in a range of publications including ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, ...might be good, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, Walker Art Center Magazine; the Phaidon Press volumes Vitamin D2 and Vitamin Green; and exhibition catalogues published by the Studio Museum in Harlem, CUE Art Foundation, and others. She is the former editorial manager for Art21 and founding editor of Art21 Magazine (est. 2013).
Nicole is currently the artistic director for exhibitions and public engagement at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Prior to this she held positions at non- and for-profit spaces including ArtCycle, Arario Gallery New York, the Triton Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum where she guided the interpretation for over thirty exhibitions. Her curatorial projects include Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection, Brooklyn Museum; Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place, Bemis Center; and The Grace Jones Project, opening in 2016 at the Museum of the African Diaspora.
As an independent writer and curator, Nicole has participated in residencies at Recess, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Laundromat Project, CUE Art Foundation/International Association of Art Critics, and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Since 2006, Nicole has written extensively about food in contemporary art and has been called one of the leading voices on the subject. As faculty in the Visual and Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts, she co-teaches the undergraduate course “Avant Gardening: Food, Art and Agriculture.” In 2012, she founded With Food in Mind, a platform for developing art-based approaches to food education and food injustice. Her Tedx Talk, "Let Them Eat Art," is available online.
Nicole is a graduate of the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.