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Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, architecture, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks and from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on New York City To Be Determined to create and support truly affordable community land trusts for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by MoMA, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, and many collaborators. Woolard is a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New School, is an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum of Art, and was just named the 2015 Arts and Social Justice Fellow at the Judson Church. Over the next three years, her work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series.


Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York who works between the solidarity economy and conceptual art. Making media, sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange and forgotten histories. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. Sensing that each project transforms the people who make it, Woolard opens spaces for co-production rather than toiling alone. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects that support short-term artworks: a studio space,, and Trade Working with conceptual artists, educators in the solidarity economy movement, and technologists in start-ups, Caroline Woolard labors for political economies of cooperation.

Understanding artists as long-term residents, Woolard works on the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the Social Life of Artistic Property, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, compensation in the arts, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed last June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. By 2018, Woolard hopes to celebrate the creation of a new community land trust in New York City with community organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to lifelong commoning.

From 2008-2013, Woolard was supported by the infrastructure projects mentioned above, as well as unemployment benefits, transformative organizers she met as the media coordinator for, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and a major grant from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund.

Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School. Woolard is proud to be an organizing member of BFAMFAPhD, New York City, To Be Determined, Trade School, and the Pedagogy Group. Caroline Woolard serves on the Board Of Directors of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, participates in the education working group for the New York City Community Land Initiative, is currently in The Center for Neighborhood Leadership NYC Organizing Academy, and lives in a 17-year-old collective house in Brooklyn.

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Mar 28 2015

BFAMFAPhD @ Art Handler
a symposium on organized art workers
11am - 5:30pm at MoMA PS1 Print Shop
22-01 Jackson Ave, LIC NY 11101

Mar 30 2015

I’m presenting @ Cultural Research Network
Virtual Study Group webinar
Presentations by BFAMFAPhD and SNAAP
2-4pm (link coming soon)

Apr 03 2015

Solo show @ RAYGUN Projects
Toowoomba, Australia

Apr 14 2015

Artists Talk @ U. of Illinois at Chicago
Standard of Living Exhibition
Gallery 400:
400 S. Peoria Street (MC 034)
Chicago, IL 60613

Apr 24 2015

I’m speaking @ Critical Design / Critical Futures
symposium presented by
the RISD / Brown Critical Research Initiative
At the RISD Museum of Art in the Chace Center
20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903

Apr 25 2015

Idea Lab @ Queens Museum of Art
Facilitated by
Queens Arts Connection, 3-5pm

Apr 02 2016

I’m speaking @ Yale
Inscribed Power in Space: A Symposium
Yale School of Architecture

Past events



2015 Pathways to Affordable Housing: a year-long series in the LES This is a year-long series about affordable housing in the context of the vibrant and changing neighborhood of the Lower East Side. For residents, neighbors, artists, activists, and citizens, achieving affordable housing for working New Yorkers will be a long-term processes. Join NYCTBD, the Actors Fund, Fourth Arts Block, and Cooper Square Committee to learn about how artists can participate in creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis through cultural organizing, movement building, creative storytelling, and media production. RSVP by clicking the link. Speakers: Rebecca Sauer, Lenina Nadal, Brandon Keilbasa, Tamara Greenfield

2014 New York City, To Be Determined at the Museum of Art and Design In a series of monthly conversations on collective art practices in New York City, a Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda, and Stephen Korns brought together artists who are policy advisors, artists who are members of worker-owned businesses, artists who are members of radical pedagogy groups, and artists who are working to implement community land trusts in New York City to discuss possibilities for creating an equitable, collaborative, and culturally vital city. Speakers: Tamara Greenfield, Caron Atlas, Tina Orlandini, Anusha Venkataraman, David Powell, Frances Golden, Ryan Joseph, Kendall Jackman Moderators: Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda

2013 Peer Learning: a semester of self-directed learning at MoMA Peer Learning Groups was a self-directed learning program that connected individuals to each other and provided access to MoMA's resources after Museum hours. From February through May, three peer-to-peer learning groups were created and organized based on mutual interests. Through an application process, individuals selected a topic of focus (process, authorship, or economies) and provided supplemental information for other interested applicants. All submissions were reviewed anonymously by other applicants to create clusters of mutual interest.

2013 Learning from Mistakes in Socially Engaged Art From experimental restaurants to performative lectures, from social networks to public protests, artistic practices that focus on group work are gaining visibility. Whether contemporary enthusiasm for social practices comes from a desire for deep interaction in synchronous time, or from austerity measures and the poverty of the welfare state, these social practice must be addressed. This was a lecture series that asks artists, educators, and curators to speak openly about mistakes and possibilities in collaboration, documentation, narration, and commitment. Speakers: Huong Ngo, Natasha Marie Llorens, Mimi McGurl, denisse andrade, Kerry Downey, Laurel Ptak, Christopher Robbins, Eve Tuck, Larissa Harris Moderator: Caroline Woolard

2012 (Re)Producing Value: four lectures at the Museum of Art and Design In the midst of a global economic crisis, alternative economic narratives gain attention. Can grassroots exchange systems (re)produce values of equity, sustainability, and democracy? What is the role of sustainability in discussions about economic possibilities? With MAD as its site of dialogue, barter network, barter school, and public arts organization No Longer Empty presents a series of conversations between economic anthropologists and cultural producers. Join us for six free debates about the history and future of sharing, barter, and exchange. Speakers: Silvia Federici, Mary-Beth Raddon, Jason Pine, Keith Hart, and Stephen Gudeman

2013 BFAMFAPhD: tracing the rise of the professionalized artist This series of lectures by Mark McGurl, Howard Singerman, and Leigh Claire La Berge was curated by Caroline Woolard to share the work of BFAMFAPhD with a wider public. In one event, Mark McGurl, author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, and Leigh Claire La Berge, author of the forthcoming Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fictions of the Long 1980s, joined for a dialogue about how the nexus between the university and the market has transformed American fiction, given rise to forms of institutional creativity, and produced new sites for creative collectivities. In another event, Howard Singerman spoke to a small group of art students about the rise of the psychologized critique. This series will continue at


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