Nicole J. Caruth is an independent curator and writer whose work examines place and identity and often focuses on the necessities of life—such as food, shelter, health, and love—and the relationships that help human beings to thrive. She works with contemporary artists in gallery contexts and public spaces, organizing exhibitions such as: The Grace Jones Project; Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place; Derrick Adams: Crossroad—A Social Sculpture; and, most recently, Build Better Tables, a temporary public-art exhibition commissioned by Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture. Her writing has been published in ARTnews; C Magazine; Gastronomica; Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art; Public Art Review; and Vitamin Green, a Phaidon Press volume.
Currently, Caruth serves as consulting program director at The Union for Contemporary Art; as its former director of pedagogy and public practice, she established the annual Wanda D. Ewing Commission—to support the production and presentation of new work by Black women artists—and the Community-Engaged Art Incubator, a series of workshops for artists whose practices involve communities. Previously, Caruth was the artistic director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. She has also held positions at Art21 and the Brooklyn Museum, where she worked at the intersection of education, curation, and digital technology. In 2013, she was the founding editor of the online Art21 Magazine.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caruth earned her bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University and her master's degree at the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies. She has been awarded residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Laundromat Project, and The David C. Driskell Center; and a 2017–18 Diversity + Leadership Fellowship with the Alliance of Artists Communities. She resides in Providence, Rhode Island.