Nicole J. Caruth is a writer, curator, and cultural worker. Currently, she is the director of pedagogy and public practice at The Union for Contemporary Art, an arts organization tackling social justice issues in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also the founder and director of With Food in Mind, a nomadic nonprofit developing art-based approaches to child obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Prior to joining The Union, Nicole held positions at Art21, ArtCycle, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum where she guided the interpretation for over thirty exhibitions and co-curated Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection. Her recent curatorial projects include Power of People, Power of Place by the Los Angeles-based collective Fallen Fruit; Crossroad: A Social Sculpture by the New York-based artist Derrick Adams; and The Grace Jones Project, a group exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Nicole's writing has appeared in a range of publications including ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, Walker Art Center Magazine, and the Phaidon Press volumes Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. She has also made contributions to exhibition catalogues published by Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Nicole is the founding editor of Art21 Magazine (est. 2013).
Nicole has written extensively about food in contemporary art and has been called one of the leading voices on the subject. She has published on the work of Seitu Jones, Michael Rakowitz, and Jennifer Rubell, to name a few. She is currently working with the New York-based artist Elia Alba on her book, The Supper Club.
A native of the California Bay Area, Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in art history at San Francisco State University. She received her master's degree from the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.