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Temporary Public Art Exhibition

Seitu Jones' Community Meal

Metro Arts is excited to announce Nicole J. Caruth as the curator for our inaugural temporary public art exhibition. Nicole J. Caruth is an art writer and curator with abiding interests in public engagement and community wellness. This is evidenced by her portfolio of projects addressing food justice, education, 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 everyone.

Through this exhibition, Caruth will initiate conversations inspired by the idea that food and art have long been a means of bringing communities together. Using food as a medium to explore changes in the urban landscape, such as rising rents, widening income gaps, gentrification, and housing displacement, Caruth will challenge Nashvillians to consider the connection of food to the urban environment and emphasize how healthy food systems are essential for communities to survive and thrive.

Caruth has curated an amazing group of nationally-recognized, socially-engaged artists working at the intersection of sustenance and social change to take part in this exhibition. The exhibition will include Nashville-based artists as well as national artists who are imagining alternative systems of food production and creating models that are local, sustainable and community-oriented.

Proposed artists

  • Otabenga Jones & Associates, Houston, TX
  • Tattfoo Tan, Staten Island, NY
  • Crystal Z. Campbell, Tulsa, OK
  • Seitu Jones, St. Paul, MN
  • Andrea Chung, San Diego, CA
  • Juan William Chavez, St. Louis, MO
  • Thaxton Waters, Nashville, TN
  • Elizabeth Williams, Nashville, TN
  • Norf Art Collective, Nashville, TN

The exhibition is in the planning stages now and will culminate in installations and activations in May and June of 2018. For more information, please contact Donald 'Tre' Hardin at donald.hardin@nashville.gov.

More about Caruth

As a curator, educator, and writer, she has experience overseeing exhibitions, artist residencies, public engagement, and public practice programs. Formerly based in New York, Nicole has held positions at Art21, the Brooklyn Museum and The Union for Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Caruth's curatorial projects include, most recently, The Grace Jones Project; Crossroad: A Social Sculpture by the artist Derrick Adams; and Power of People, Power of Place by Fallen Fruit Collective.

In 2012, Caruth founded With Food in Mind, a nomadic nonprofit developing art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.