Nicole J. Caruth is a curator and writer with abiding interests in socially-engaged art practices and community wellness. This is demonstrated by her portfolio of projects addressing 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.
Formerly based in New York, Nicole has held positions at esteemed nonprofits including Art21 and the Brooklyn Museum. As an artistic director, she organized exhibitions and public programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, working with artists such as Derrick Adams and Fallen Fruit. At McColl Center for Art + Innovation, she supervised the artist residency program, provided curatorial oversight for exhibitions and community engagement initiatives, and contributed to the Center's visioning process. Nicole has organized group exhibitions across the U.S., including, most recently, The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Nicole's writing has been published 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 California Bay Area native, Nicole earned her bachelor's in art history at San Francisco State University, and her master's in curatorial studies at Bard College. She is a 2017–18 Diversity + Leadership Fellow with the Alliance of Artists Communities.