Caroline Woolard makes art and infrastructures for the solidarity economy. Her method enjoins objects to their contexts of circulation. Woolard builds sculptures for barter only as she also creates international barter networks that continue to grow; she fabricates model Shaker housing and she also convenes organizers of community land trusts.
After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard's organizing work is now focused on BFAMFAPhD.com, a collective she founded that uses both data and installation art to advocate for cultural equity, and the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative that exists to create and support truly affordable commercial space in New York City. While making infrastructure, Woolard furnishes gathering spaces with objects that are as imaginative as the conversations that occur in those spaces.
Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at MoMA, the Queens Museum, the Judson Church, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and by unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, her partner, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, a project manager at the worker-owned design firm CoLab.coop, and is a member of the Community Economies Research Network and the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
Caroline Woolard’s artist statement is here. For more information, click on WORK, go to an upcoming EVENT, or read some WRITING. You can also listen to a talk, search flickr and the news, or sign up for the mailing list.
Email: [carolinewoolard at gmail dot com]
School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Art Lecture, 2016
Art21 Video about the first meeting of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative
Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund video about OurGoods (founded in 2008) from 2013.