Caroline Woolard co-creates projects and institutions for the solidarity economy. Her feminist, transdisciplinary method connects discrete objects to aligned contexts of circulation. For example, Woolard builds sculptures for barter only as she also co-creates international barter networks; she fabricates model Shaker housing and she also co-convenes organizers of community land trusts; she co-creates card games for the commons as she also directs a study center for group work.

Her multi-year, collaborative institutions include (since 2008); (since 2009); (since 2014); NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative (since 2015). Recent commissions include WOUND, Cooper Union, New York, NY (2016); and Capitoline Wolves, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2016), and Exchange Café, MoMA, New York, NY (2014).

Group exhibitions include Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2014); and Living as Form, Creative Time, New York, NY (2011). Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace, New York, NY (2016);  MoMA, New York, NY (2014); Queens Museum, Queens, NY, (2014); and Watermill, Water Mill, NY (2011) and through fellowships at Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY (2013); and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (2009).

Recent scholarly writing on her work has been published in Artforum (2016); Art in America (2016); The New York Times (2016); and South Atlantic Quarterly (2015). Recent visiting artist lecture appointments include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, WI); the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); the Malmo Art Academy (Malmo, Sweden); San Diego State University (San Diego, CA); University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, WI); and the Royal Danish Academy (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Woolard holds a BFA from Cooper Union (Studio Arts, 2007) and is a recipient of the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (OurGoods, 2010-2012), the Antipode Scholar-Activist Project Award (Community Economies Collective, 2016), and the Theo Westenberger Estate Fund (2015). Woolard has been named on the WIRED Smart List (2013), ArtNet’s Top 20 Female Artists (2015), and in the Top 100 Women for the Commons by the Peer to Peer Foundation. Woolard is a lecturer in MFA Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) and in the Integrated Design Program at the New School (New York, NY), a project manager at the worker-owned design firm, and a member of the Community Economies Research Network and the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

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