Nicole J. Caruth is a writer and curator of contemporary art. She is currently the director of pedagogy and public practice at The Union for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement. Prior to joining The Union, Caruth held positions at Art21, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Caruth's curatorial projects include, most recently, The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; Crossroad: A Social Sculpture by artist Derrick Adams; and Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, Walker Art Center Magazine, the Phaidon Press volumes Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2, and exhibition catalogues published by Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Studio Museum in Harlem. At Art21, she initiated an editorial restructuring and redesign of the organization's blog that resulted in the Art21 Magazine, an ongoing resource for insightful writing on contemporary art.
In 2012, Caruth founded With Food in Mind, a nomadic nonprofit developing art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Her extensive writing about food in contemporary has earned her recognition as a leading voice on the subject. She is currently collaborating with artist Elia Alba on her book, The Supper Club.
A native of the California Bay Area, Caruth earned her bachelor's degree in art history at San Francisco State University, and her master's degree at the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.