Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard was born in 1984 in Providence, Rhode Island, and lives and works in New York. Working at the intersection of art, economy, and technology, Woolard creates interdisciplinary projects that aim to build solidarity in her community and city. 

Woolard conceives and carries out collaborative projects by bringing systems-thinking to traditional studio-based artistic practices. Rather than believing that the economy is a monolithic entity which cannot be altered, Woolard has taken on the immense challenge of building equitable systems that privilege communal wellbeing over personal gain.

Her projects include The Study Center for Group Work, an in-person network of people who meet to refine collaborative methods; the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (NYC REIC), which uses traditional investment strategies to invest in community—rather than corporate—development;, an on-line platform for bartering skills, spaces, and objects; and the Exchange Café, wherein visitors to MoMA could acquire tea, milk, and honey through non-monetary means of exchange.

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Ways of Being: Spaces of Learning

Two members of the artist collective BFAMFAPhD illustrate the ways in which teachers can facilitate spaces of learning and transformation.

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Ways of Being: Introduction

Two members of the artist collective BFAMFAPhD discuss their book “Ways of Being,” which investigates artists’ relationships to systems of production.

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Six Tips for Shooting Underwater Video

Art21’s director of video programming and production, Nick Ravich, offers helpful tips for shooting video underwater after filming Caroline Woolard’s sculptures on a Rockaway beach for a New York Close Up film.


“What if art could be a kind of
glistening glass object
in the middle of the ocean?”

Caroline Woolard