Meet the people who make With Food in Mind possible, from staff and interns to community partners and donors.
Nicole J. Caruth, Founder + Director
For more than fifteen years Nicole has worked as a writer, curator, and arts administrator. A Jill-of-many-trades, she also has a background in the fitness industry as an NCAA Division III fitness trainer, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. She founded With Food in Mind in 2012. The organization is a testament to her ongoing commitment to art and health education, as well as her personal belief that art can be a catalyst for social awareness and change.
Nicole has written extensively about food in contemporary art and has been called a leading voice on the subject. Her writing has appeared in a range of other publications, including ARTnews, Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Public Art Review, Walker Art Center Magazine, and the Phaidon Press volume Vitamin Green.
Nicole is currently the artistic director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Prior to this appointment, she held positions at non- and for-profit art spaces, including Art21, The Union for Contemporary Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Read her complete bio at www.nicolejcaruth.com.
Skylar Failla, Development Manager
Skylar brings a wide range of experience to her fundraising role at With Food in Mind. She has worked in the development departments of New York City arts and cultural organizations, most recently focusing on major gifts at New York Public Radio. Her background also includes art gallery administration, private childcare, and primary school instruction. She has taught English in Seoul, South Korea, and worked as chef aboard a private yacht traveling the Caribbean. Skylar continues to be a passionate cook and baker as well as a gardener. She received her master’s in arts and cultural management from Pratt Institute and her bachelor's in art history and arts administration from George Mason University.
Tishawn Gonsalves, Art + Food Educator
Tishawn is an educator who focuses on visual art and environmental science in early childhood classrooms. An art teacher at Inner Force in Brooklyn, New York, she utilizes a multitude of creative pedagogical methods to expose early-age children to a variety of artistic practices and botanical studies. Tishawn is an advocate for the importance of organic produce and nutritional awareness amongst residents in low-income communities. In addition to teaching for With Food in Mind, she is involved with Free Arts NYC's Portfolio Mentoring Program and Reconstruct Art. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and is currently pursing an MA in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Development.
Lily Lee, Development, Fall 2015; Social Media, Fall 2016–Spring 2017
Annie Schwartz, Nutrition Education + Community Engagement, Spring/Summer 2015
Jessica Chan, Art + Food Programs, Summer 2014
Julia Cuthbertson, Social Media Strategy, Summer/Fall 2014
Mikaela X. Sanchez, Nutrition + Community Engagement, Summer 2014
Advisors + Collaborators
Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many books on vegan and vegetarian cooking, most recently Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Her backlist includes Vegan Express, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. Her first book, Vegetariana, published in 1984, is considered a classic in its field. Nava has also written scores of articles on healthful cooking with natural foods, which have appeared in Vegetarian Times, VegNews, Cooking Light, and numerous other publications.
Petruska Bazin Larsen is an artist, independent curator, and educator committed to finding new ways of making art more accessible to the uninitiated. As Program Director at The Laundromat Project, she works closely with the organization's Public Artists in Residence, Teaching Artists, and Professional Development Fellows to present engaging art programs in unconventional spaces throughout the Greater New York Area.
Fabian Bedolla is a Brooklyn-based architect with residential, commercial, and institutional experience working with clients in the creative and fashion industries. Fabian co-founded SELF MADE NY, a multi-disciplinary design collective that is committed to foregrounding the creative process and encouraging communities to witness, engage, and be inspired by the process of making art. As a member of the art collective We-Are-Familia, Fabian was involved in the design and fabrication of five one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes, that were exhibited at various galleries in Miami, Beacon, and New York City.
Lisa Gross is the founder of Hybird Vigor Projects, The Boston Tree Party, The League of Kitchens, and Urban Homesteaders’ League. An artist who works in the field of social practice/social sculpture, her cross-disciplinary projects create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement. Lisa is an advisor for the “Let’s Talk About Food” initiative at the Museum of Science; and a consulting artist for Artists in Context.
Jessica Lott is a New York City–based fiction and arts writer. Her first novel, The Rest of Us, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. Her novella Osin won the Novella Award from Low Fidelity Press. Jessica has published short fiction, essays, and art reviews in various journals in the United States and internationally, including Frieze and NY Arts; her art criticism won the Arts Writer’s Prize from the Frieze Foundation in London, and has been translated into Spanish for Errata# in Bogotá.
Risa Puleo has worked in curatorial and directorial capacities in nonprofits across the country. As the former Program Director at Artadia, she managed awards programs and community initiatives, and supported artists in developing their artistic practices and sustaining their careers. Prior to working at Artadia, Risa was the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas at Austin, where she also taught in the University’s graduate Fine Arts department.
Tattfoo Tan is an artist and frequent With Food in Mind collaborator. Tattfoo seeks to find an immediate, direct, and effective way of exploring issues related to the individual in society while collapsing the categories of art and life. Tattfoo uses multiple forms of media to encourage group participation. Within this collaborative practice the minds and bodies of participants are engaged in actions that transform art making into ritualized and shared experience. Tattfoo has shown his work and lectured at many venues and institutions including: Queens Museum of Art, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Artisphere, The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts, Eugene Lang College New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons the New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Macalester College, Pratt Institute, The Center for Book Arts, Bronx River Art Center, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and The Laundromat Project. He is the proud recipient of a Mayoral Proclamation from The City of New York; and the New York City Award for Excellence in Design, granted by the Public Design Commission, for his supergraphics on the facade of Bronx River Art Center.
The Apollo Theater • Bronxworks • CUE Art Foundation • Down to Earth Markets • East New York Farms! • Greater Jamaica Development Corporation • GrowNYC • The Laundromat Project • Materials for the Arts • Maple Street School • New York Restoration Project • Skillshare • Queens Action Council • Weeksville Heritage Society
Evi Abeler • Sudie Anning • Muri Assuncao • Nava Atlas • Natasha Azore • Miriam Bader • Jenny Bantz • Claire Barliant • Purva Bedi • Fabian Bedolla • Tina L. Bernard • Shelley Bernstein • Judith Bettelheim • Kya Blackstone • Russell Boodoo • Minh Andrew Bui • Dejha Carrington • Don Cervell • Andrea Cottrell • Jackie Davis • Qaadira Decoteau • Sawudat Decoteau • Annmarie Dehn • Leang Diakonikolas • Jodie Dinapoli • Judy Ditner • Makeba Dixon-Hill • Kelly Durkin Mirian • Tracey Early • Nicolette and David Emerson • Tami & Stephen Failla • Brendan Fernandes • Fajah Ferrer • Carl and Jennifer Figliola • Kathleen Flynn • Meghan Flynn • Jessica Forse • Elizabeth Fortune • Erin Foster • Maija Garcia • Joy Garnett • Cristy Germain • Kens Germain • Caroline Gingerich • Murty Gollakota • Lisa Gross • Jessica Hamlin • Amy Height • Todd Herring • Linda Holmes • Karrie Hovy • Biu Hung • William Hung • Wilson Hung • Olukemi Ilesanmi • Stephanie Imbeau • Ashley Jackson • Amy Jacobs • Bianca Jebbia • Janette Johnston • Karla Joseph • Robin Kahn • Hila Katz • Dalana Kellman • Brian Kelly • Judy Kim • Melanie Kinard • Petrushka Bazin Larsen • Shana Lassiter • Meryl Layne • Lizzetta Lefalle-Collins • Jean Logan • Erin Riley-Lopez • Patricia Lopez • Jessica Lott and Family • Kristin Martin • Eugenia Masciandaro • Doris McMillon • Annie Meisels • John Miller • Raymond Miller • Erin Montgomery • Alicia Morris • Rachel Norman • Alex Ortolani • Hannah Pardue • Marquetta Peavy • Julie Pinney • Gloria Plaks • Irene Plax • Amanda Pope • Michael Pribich • Serena Puerta • Risa Puleo • Ronny Quevedo • Ana Karina Quiroz • Karen Raghavan • Yvette Ramirez • Janice Rendina • Erin Riley-Lopez • Maryann Riordan • Rachel Robison • Mina Roustavi • Nara Rocha-Waid • Ife Salam • Ariel Shanberg • Richard Smolin • Jenna Spevack • Akiva Steinmetz-Silber • Maya Suess • Neda Talebian Funk • Tattfoo Tan • Erika Teresko • Mary A. Toman • Diane Vivona • Rachel Wasser • Hardy Watkins • Janice Watkins • Katreena Whitted • Risë Wilson • Lynne Winters • Selma Woldemichael • Sara Wordsworth • Sacha Wynne • Christine Yap • and many anonymous contributors.