Nicole J. Caruth is an art writer, curator, and social entrepreneur living in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review; and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin D2 and Vitamin Green. She has also contributed to exhibition catalogues published by the Studio Museum in Harlem, CUE Art Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and various galleries.
In addition to a three-year guest writing post at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, Caruth has been awarded research and writing residencies at the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; The Laundromat Project, New York, NY; Recess, New York, NY; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Woodstock, NY.
Caruth is currently editor of the Art21 Magazine and digital content editor for Art21 at large. Prior to joining the organization she held managerial positions at the San Francisco Art Commission’s African American Art & Culture Complex, ArtCycle, Arario Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum. At the latter, she co-curated Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection (2008-2009) and The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber (2007). She has also organized exhibitions for the Lower East Side Printshop, Center for Book Arts, Add-Art, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. Her forthcoming exhibition The Grace Jones Project will open in 2014 at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA.
Caruth has been called one of the leading voices on food in contemporary art, which she has written about extensively. In 2006, she launched her now defunct blog Contemporary Confections where she combined her love of art and sweets. From 2009-2012, her column “Gastro-Vision,” covering food and drink in recent art and visual culture, ran monthly on the Art21 Blog. She continues to research and lecture on food and agriculture in contemporary art and design.
In 2012, Caruth founded With Food in Mind, a nomadic organization that operates at the intersection of food, visual culture, and social change. Her related TEDx Talk entitled “Let Them Eat Art” is available online.