Nicole J. Caruth is a curator, writer, and creative organizer with abiding interests in socially-engaged art and community wellness. Her curatorial projects have addressed food justice, education access, housing security, and other issues that touch on the necessities of life. Recently, her research has focused on neighborliness, exploring how artists can influence people to act on behalf of each other to improve living conditions for all. In 2018, working in collaboration with the Nashville Office of Arts & Culture, she will launch a temporary public art exhibition exploring the effects of gentrification on neighborhood nourishment.
Nicole has held positions at Art21 and the Brooklyn Museum where she worked at the junction of interpretation, education, and digital technology. As the artistic director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, she supervised the artist residency program, provided curatorial oversight for exhibitions and public engagement, and contributed to the Center's visioning process. At Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, she organized exhibitions and public programs, working with artists such as Derrick Adams and Fallen Fruit. She currently serves as consulting artistic director at The Union for Contemporary Art, helping to shape existing programs and vision new initiatives at the intersection of art and social justice.
Nicole's writing has appeared in ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, the Phaidon Press volumes Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2, and catalogues from Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She is founding editor of the Art21 Magazine (est. 2013). Nicole has written extensively on the intersection of food and contemporary art, earning her recognition as a leading voice on the subject. In 2012, she founded With Food in Mind, a nonprofit platform for art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
A native of the California Bay Area, Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Art History at San Francisco State University, and her master's degree in Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is a 2017–18 Diversity + Leadership Fellow with the Alliance of Artists Communities.