Caroline Woolard (b. 1984) is a New York-based artist born in Rhode Island. Her work has been commissioned by MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creative Time, the Brooklyn Museum, Cornell University, and Cooper Union. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2016), the Queens Museum (2014), Eyebeam (2013), Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (2010), Watermill (2011), and the MacDowell Colony (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). Woolard has been named one of 11 Artists to Transform the Art World in 2017 (2017), has been listed in ArtNet’s Top 20 Female Artists (2015) and the WIRED Smart List (2013). Woolard’s work has been featured twice in PBS / Art21 for New York Close Up (2014, 2016). Her work will be featured in the 12th Dakar Biennial (2018).
Caroline Woolard builds objects and contexts in which her objects can circulate meaningfully. 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 OurGoods.org (since 2008); TradeSchool.coop (since 2009); BFAMFAPhD.com (since 2014); WOUND: Study Center for Group Work (since 2016).