Nico Wheadon is director of public programs and community engagement at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is also an independent writer, photographer, and cultural producer, and is on faculty at Hartford Art School teaching Public Art Professional Practices. Through her varied practice, Wheadon collaborates with a diverse roster of arts and culture organizations worldwide to support the careers of contemporary artists of color, and the communities they represent. Wheadon holds an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith's College, University of London, a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University, and conducts ongoing fieldwork in arts-led regeneration, human geography and participatory design.
At the Studio Museum, Wheadon designs and produces adult programs that engage audiences, activate partnerships and deepen the impact of the Museum’s mission. She has served on visual arts panels at LMCC, NADA New York, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Lambent Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Watson Foundation, POWarts, the Rubin Foundation, No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, Pratt Institute, the Cooper Union, and More Art where she serves on the advisory board. She has also served on funding panels at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and on advisory committees at the Laundromat Project, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, WomensActivism.NYC, Addis Video Art Festival, Harlem Arts Festival and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
Wheadon is currently a contributor at The Brooklyn Rail and has also published her writing in BOMB, White Zinfandel, NOTOFU, Studio Magazine, ArtVoices, NuktaArt: Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, and Distorted Magazine, along with numerous artist books and exhibition catalogues. As an educator, Wheadon co-facilitates Studio Lab: Freestyle and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices through Barnard College, and has guest-lectured at the New School, the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Howard University, and Brown University, where she is a member of the advisory board for the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. In prior roles, Wheadon served as Curatorial Director at Rush Arts Gallery and Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum, and has guest-curated exhibitions at P.P.O.W. Gallery, Scope International Art Fair, The Roger Smith Hotel, Verge Emerging Art Fair and The Catalina Hotel.