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Woolard, Caroline

Caroline   Woolard

Part-time Lecturer

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  • Caroline Woolard graduated from the only tuition-free art school in the country (Cooper Union, BFA 2006) with a strong commitment to the solidarity economy movement and conceptual art. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three systems for cultural production: a studio space, a barter network, and Trade School. These experimental systems of mutual aid inform and enable her short term projects, including: Exchange Cafe for Artists Experiment at the Museum of Modern Art (2013), The Economy of We at The University of Massachusetts Amherst (2012), and a Barricade to Bed toolkit for a cyberfeminist event at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (2013). Woolard is a resident in the Queens Museum Studio Program, teaches at The New School, coordinates Trade School, and is currently working towards a community land trust for a new coalition of artists, internet activists, and community organizers. For up to date information, lectures, and events, please visit:

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    Research Interests:

    conceptual art, participation, collaboration, reciprocity, solidarity economy, barter, social practice, socially engaged art, relational aesthetics, social sculpture, critical exchange

    Awards and Honors:


    Queens Museum Studio Program

    MoMA Education Department Residency: Artists Experiment

    Museum of Art and Design Praxis Fellowship

    Eyebeam: Art and Technology Fellowship

    Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (


    Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (

    Eyebeam: Art and Technology Fellowship

    smART Power, Bronx Museum and U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs (we declined)


    National Endowment for the Arts (

    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (

    The Field, ERPA Grant (

    Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (


    The Field, ERPA Grant (

    Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund finalist (


    iLAB Fellowship (with Strataspore)

    The Field, ERPA Grant (

    Sculpture Center finalist


    Leon Levy Foundation Fellowship


    Elliot Lash Award for Excellence in Sculpture


    Four-Year Full Tuition Scholarship to Cooper Union


    4-10 YEAR PROJECTS is a resource sharing network for cultural producers. Co-founded by Woolard in 2009, OurGoods has been recognized by the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a community of active users.

    2012Venice Architecture Biennale, US Pavilion, curated by the Institute for Urban Design, Italy

    2011Living As Form, curated by Nato Thompson, Creative Time, New York, NY

    2010Alternative Histories, curated by Herb Tam, Exit Art, New York, NY

    2009 to present: monthly workshops at the Queens Museum, A Blade of Grass, and Eyebeam

    Trade School is a self-organized learning experiment that runs on barter. Co-founded by Woolard in New York in 2010, Trade School is now a global network of barter-based schools, with 30+ chapters.


    Trade School Everywhere, Queens Museum of Art


    A Venn Diagram of Security, Woman, and Not Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY


    Silent University, curated by Ahmet Ogut, Tate Modern, London, UK

    Art, Action, Environment!, curated by Radhika Subramaniam, SJDC Gallery, New York, NY

    Trade School, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY


    Trade School, Cuchifritos, New York, NY

    Coincidence of Wants, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

    2010Trade School, The Former Catholic School, New York, NY

    2009Trade School, GrandOpening, New York, NY



    The exhibitions listed below represent site-specific, research-based work produced within the short term exhibition structure common to contemporary art institutions. For long-term commitments to socially engaged projects, see “4-10 year projects,” below.


    Exchange Studio, MoMA, Cullman Research Center, New York, NY

    Added Value, curated by Betsy Alwin, TCNJ Art Gallery, NJ

    TBA, EFA Project Space, New York, NY


    The Economy of We, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

    How Much Do I Owe?, curated by Manon Sloane, No Longer Empty, Queens, NY

    Ruilen, curated by Katayoun Arian, Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    re/spond/re/peat, curated by Audra Wolowiec, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    To Have and To Owe, curated by Laurel Ptak, EFA Project Space, New York, NY


    Dancing in Your Bedroom, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI


    Materia, curated by Suzanne Stroebe, Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, NY

    Table for Two, curated by Esterni, Milan Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy


    Was that You or the House?, Watermill Center, Long Island, NY

    Work Dress, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

    Swing Bag, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

    Current Courses

    Senior Seminar & Studio

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