© Isaiah Watkins, 2019

© Isaiah Watkins, 2019

BIO

Nico Wheadon is executive director of NXTHVN, a multidisciplinary arts incubator in New Haven, Connecticut. She is an adjunct assistant professor of Art History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, and Professional Practices at Hartford Art School within the interdisciplinary MFA program. Wheadon is an independent writer and regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail, with her first manuscript slated for publication by Rowman & Littlefield in 2020. She is the former director of public programs and community engagement at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she was celebrated for the pioneering artist projects, community engagement initiatives, and strategic partnerships she delivered during her five-year tenure. She has lectured internationally at universities, conferences and symposia, and currently serves on the advisory boards for More Art, and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Through her highly collaborative and experimental practice, Wheadon mines the rich intersections of contemporary art, dialogic pedagogy and social practice. She  holds an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith's College, University of London, and a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University.

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BOARD MEMBERSHIPS | PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Current, Member, Advisory Board, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University - Providence, RI

Current, Member, Advisory Board, More Art - New York, NY

2018, Certificate, Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

2018, Member, Artist & Community Council, The Laundromat Project - New York, NY

2018, Advisor, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem Tour Steering Committee, American Federation of Arts - New York, NY

2017, Advisor, Charles White: A Retrospective Steering Committee, MoMA - New York, NY

2017, Advisor, Kerry James Marshall: A Creative Convening Steering Committee, The Metropolitan

Museum of Art - New York, NY

2016, Member, Advisory Board, Harlem Arts Festival - New York, NY

EDUCATOR | SPEAKER

2019, Interview with Nisa Mackie, Walker Education Reader, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2019, Panelist, NEXT presents: The Cities Project: New Life for New England's Industrial Past, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT

2019, Moderator, BAM Talks: Mapplethorpe in performance with Bryce Dessner, Korde Arrington Tuttle, and Kaneza Schaa, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

2019, Presenter, Building Relevant Public and Educational Programs Using an Equity Lens, American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

2019, Panelist, Aruna D’ Souza in Conversation with Nico Wheadon and Sable Elyse Smith, Frieze Talks, New York, NY

2019, Guest Lecturer, Women in Leadership, The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College, New York, NY

2019, Guest Lecturer, Rethinking Museum Citizenship, NYU Museum Management Course, New York, NY

2018, Presenter, Rethinking Museum Citizenship, Museums Association of the Caribbean Annual Conference, Bridgetown, Barbados

2018, Presenter, Rethinking Museum Citizenship, MuseumNext NYC, New York, NY

2018, Panelist, The Pathways Panel, Fuse: A Nexus for Interdisciplinary and Individualized Study, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2018, Presenter, Field Notes on Justice and Practice, Open Engagement Pre-Conference, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2018, Moderator, The Artist's Voice: Derrick Adams with Kerby Jean-Raymond, Countee Cullen Library, New York, NY

2017, Panelist, Afro-Latinidad in Black U.S. Museums, Museums Association of the Caribbean Annual Conference, Miami, FL

2017, Panelist, inHarlem: Beyond the Museum Walls, Association of African American Museums Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

2017, Presenter, Reinventing Museums, Nada Presents in Collaboration with Kickstarter, NADA New York, New York, NY

2017, Moderator, The Lea K. Artist Talk: Jordan Casteel, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2016, Guest Lecturer, Decolonizing Public Humanities: Intersectional Approaches to Curatorial Work, Cultural Production, and Community Organizing, Brown University, Providence, RI

2016, Participant, Leadership Exchange: Arts Organizations, Museums & Community Organizers, MoreArt, New York, NY

2016, Panelist, POWArts Colleagues & Friends, Artnet, New York, NY

2016, Panelist, For Visual Artists, Queens Council on the Arts, Astoria, Queens, NY

2016, Museum and Visual Arts Panelist, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY

2016, Guest Lecturer, Center for Curatorial Leadership, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2016, Participant, Harlem-Black Paris, The Barnard Center for Research on Women Global Symposium, Paris, France

2016, Panelist, Engaging Communities Through Creative Practices, Art Futures NYC: Careers in the Arts Fair, The New School, New York, NY

2015, Participant, Roundtable Discussion on Community-Based Museums, Rubin Foundation, New York, NY

2015, Museum and Visual Arts Panelist, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY

2014, Guest Speaker, No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, New York, NY

2010, Lecturer, Commodity Fetishism and the Price of Representation, 21st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

2010, Guest Speaker, 3rd Annual One-on-One, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2009, Guest Speaker, Exhibiting: A Roundtable Discussion with Gallerists, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, New York, NY

2005/06, Video Production TA, Modern Culture & Media Department, Brown University, Providence, RI

WRITER

Present, Rethinking Museum Citizenship (Working Manuscript Title), Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD

2019, Kevin Beasley: a view of a landscape, Artnet, On View, New York, NY

2019, Gordon Parks: The New Tide: Early Work 1940-1950, 2018, The Brooklyn Rail, January 2019 Issue, Art Seen Web Exclusive, New York, NY

2018, Charles White: A Retrospective, The Brooklyn Rail, December 2018 Issue, Art Seen, New York, NY

2018, Aruna D’Souza: Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2018 Issue, Books, New York, NY

2018, The Kitchen and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness, The Brooklyn Rail, September 2018 Issue, Art Seen, New York, NY

2018, Phoebe Boswell: Take Me to the Lighthouse, The Brooklyn Rail, July-August 2018 Special Issue, Art Seen Web Exclusive, New York, NY

2018, Ceaphas Stubbs: Phantom Limb, The Brooklyn Rail, July-August 2018 Special Issue, Art Seen Web Exclusive, New York, NY

2018, Chloë Bass: The Tone, Texture & Taste of Intimacy, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2018 Art Seen Web Exclusive, New York, NY

2018, Harlem Perspectives: Decolonizing the Gaze & Refiguring the Local, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2018 Art Seen Web Exclusive, New York, NY

2018, Hank Willis Thomas: Black Archival Memory & Its Conceits, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2018 Art Seen Print, New York, NY

2018, Adrian Piper: From Passing to Purple, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2018 Art Seen Print, New York, NY

2018, Hearing Harlem: How the Community Advisory Network Helps Discern Local Voices, Studio Magazine, Spring 2018, New York, NY

2018, Maker's Mixtapes: "Joyride," with Sable Elyse Smith, Studio Magazine, Spring 2018, New York, NY

2018, Firmament & Flora Are the New Black, The Brooklyn Rail, March 2018, New York, NY

2018, Women Leading the Charge: A Discussion on Social Practice in Harlem, Studio Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017-18, New York, NY

2018, Maker's Mixtapes: "The Ten Commandments," with Derrick Adams, Studio Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017-18, New York, NY

2017, Offal Truths: An Interview with Derrick Adams, White Zinfandel, Issue No. 7, February 2017, New York, NY

2017,  Call to Witness: Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro' Testifies that James Baldwin's Embattled America is Still Our Own, BOMB Magazine, January 2017, New York, NY

2016, Studio Lab: Freestyle and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices, Studio Magazine, Summer 2016 Issue, New York, NY

2016, onAIR: Jordan Casteel, EJ Hill and Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Studio Magazine, Summer 2016 Issue, New York, NY

2015, Seeing Is Believing: An Interview With Mary Corse, NOTOFU Magazine, Summer 2015 Issue, New York, NY

2015, Life Overcomes Art And Art Perverts Life: An Interview With Antoine d'Agata, NOTOFU Magazine, Winter 2015 Issue, New York, NY

2015, Remembering Gilda Snowden (1954–2014), Studio Magazine, Winter 2015 Issue, New York, NY

2014, That Which Sings and Contemplates In You, Artist-in-Residence 2013-14 Exhibition Catalogue, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2013, Siah Armajani, An Ingenious World at Parasol unit for contemporary art, Distorted, November 2013 Issue, London, UK

2013, Implausible Imposters at Ceri Hand Gallery, Distorted, July 2013 Issue, London, UK

2013, The Spirit of Utopia at Whitechapel Gallery, Distorted, July 2013 Issue, London, UK

2013, Alternative Guide to the Universe at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Distorted, June 2013 Issue, London, UK

2012, Art of Change, New Directions from China at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, ArtVoices Magazine, September 2012 Issue, Los Angeles, CA

2010, Leslie Hewitt: Untitled (Epiphany of Circumstance), Studio Museum in Harlem Collection Book, New York, NY

2009, Ramon Silva: Dreaming in Sound, Studio Magazine, Summer 2009 Issue, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2009, Noise Culture & The Tenor of Rupture, NuktaArt: Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan

2009, Decades, “Archaeology of Wonder” Exhibition Catalogue, Real Arts Ways, Hartford, CT

2008, Freeze Frame, Exhibition Catalogue, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2008, Cacy Forgenie: Live! From New York, Exhibition Catalogue, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2007, Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Couture For The Invisible Man, Exhibition Catalogue, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2007, Portraits, Landscapes & Abstraction: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem Permanent Collection at City Hall, Exhibition Catalogue, New York, NY

2007, Glenn Ligon: Give Us a Poem, Studio Magazine, Summer 2007 issue [p.26], Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2007, The Map Office: Mapping a New Graphic Landscape, Studio Magazine, Summer 2007 issue, [p. 34], Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2007, A Conversation with Joshua Darden, Studio Magazine, Summer 2007 issue, [p. 34], Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2007, Lorna Simpson: Duet, Studio Magazine, Spring 2007 issue, [p. 9], Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2006, Soft Mathematics, a collection of short stories for Capstone Honors in Literary Arts, Providence, RI

CURATOR | JUROR

2018, Juror, Create Change Artist and Community Council, The Laundromat Project, New York, NY

2017, Juror, Artistic Selection Committee, Harlem Arts Festival, New York, NY

2016, Juror, More Art’s 2016 Engaging Artists Grants Jury, New York, NY

2016, Juror, Addis Video Art Festival Selection Committee, Addis, Ethiopia

2016, Juror, Artistic Selection Committee, Harlem Arts Festival, New York, NY

2015, Juror, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship: New Ventures Project, The Watson Foundation, New York, NY

2015, Juror, Artistic Selection Committee, Harlem Arts Festival, New York, NY

2015, Juror, Public Art Community Projects Grant Program Panel, The Connecticut Office of the Arts, Hartford, CT

2011, Curatorial Consultant, ]performance s p a c e [, London, UK

2011, Exhibitions Researcher, The Museum of Everything, London, UK

2010, Guest Curator, Model Home, The Roger Smith Hotel in Collaboration with the tART collective, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Shallow Graves, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Carlos Sandoval de Leon, Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

2010, Guest Curator & Host Committee Member, Verge Art Fair, Dylan Hotel, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Lynn Palewicz: Selves, Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Leor Grady: Untitled (Cabinet), Rush Arts Gallery Display Case, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Borderline, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Jennie Baptiste: Accompong Maroons, Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

2010, Curator, Breanne Trammell & Peter Segerstrom, Rush Arts Gallery Display Case, New York, NY

2009, Guest Curator & Juror, Gallery 8: A Juried Art Exhibition, The Fashion Center BID, New York, NY

2009, Guest Curator & Host Committee Member, Verge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami, FL

2009, Curator, Keith Anderson, Rush Arts Gallery Display Case, New York, NY

2009, Guest Curator, Comet Fever, “Young Curators, New Ideas II” at PPOW Gallery, New York, NY

2009, Curator, The Happening: Kinesics as Art Object, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2009, Guest Curator, Small is the New Big!, SCOPE International Art Fair, New York, NY

2009, Curator, Latitude, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2008 -2009, Curatorial Producer, Art for Life Miami Beach and Art for Life East Hampton, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Miami, FL/East Hampton, NY

2008, Juror, Studio Immersion Project Fellowship, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

2008, Guest Curator, Satellite, SCOPE International Art Fair, Miami, FL

2008, Curator, Freeze Frame, Rush Arts in Miami, Miami, FL

2008, Curator, Subpoena, Talman & Monroe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006/07, Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2004/05, Gallery Manager, The Space At Alice, Providence, RI

CULTURAL PRODUCER

2014, Content Lead, Local Focus: A Participatory Design Toolkit, Openbox, New York, NY

2014, Creative Consultant, NBNY, New York, NY

2011-2014, Brand Strategist, Creative Consultant & Project Producer, The Design Bureau, London, UK

2006, Studio Manager & Project Producer, Marylyn Dintenfass Studio, New York, NY

2006, Curatorial Producer & Installation Director, Mieke Bal: Nothing is Missing, The Cogut Center for Humanities, Providence, RI

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010, Drift curated by Eileen Olivieri Torpey, Little Wing Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM

2010, Aljira Fine Art Auction, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

2009, NIGHTSHIFT III curated by Sara Pringle, Hudson Guild, New York, NY

2009, Shape Shifting: Reinventing Heritage curated by Alice Shay, Division of Human Works, Brooklyn, NY

2006, in TRANSIT: from OBJECT to SITE curated by Vesela Sretenovic, Bell Gallery, Providence, RI

2006, Art Semiotics Honors Exhibition, List Art Center, Providence, RI