Nicole J. Caruth is a writer, curator, and arts education advocate. Her 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, among others, Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She is the former editorial manager at Art21 and founding editor of Art21 Magazine (est. 2013).
Currently, Nicole is 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 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 Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place, Crossroad: A Social Sculpture with artist Derrick Adams, and The Grace Jones Project, opening in the spring of 2016 at the Museum of the African Diaspora.
In 2006, Nicole created the now defunct blog Contemporary Confections, which featured interviews with artists such as Brendan Fernandes, Michael Bilsborough, and Wardell Milan over dessert. She continues to write about intersections of food and contemporary art and has been called one of the leading voices on the subject. As adjunct 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 nonprofit developing art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Her TEDx Talk, "Let Them Eat Art," is available online.