Nicole J. Caruth is a writer and curator of contemporary art. Currently, she is the artistic director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Prior to joining the Center, Caruth held positions at Art21, The Union for Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Caruth's curatorial projects include Power of People, Power of Place by Fallen Fruit, Crossroad: A Social Sculpture by the artist Derrick Adams, and The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora. 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. She is founding editor of Art21 Magazine (est. 2013).
In 2012, Caruth founded With Food in Mind, a nomadic nonprofit that develops art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Her extensive writing about food in art has earned her recognition as a leading voice on the subject. She is currently collaborating with the artist Elia Alba on her book, The Supper Club.
Caruth has sat on panels for Headlands Center for the Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York Foundation for the Arts, and others. She is a board member at the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund.
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.