NICO WHEADON is Public Programs Manager at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she designs and produces adult programs that engage audiences, activate cultural partnerships, and deepen the impact of the Museum’s mission. She continues to work internationally as an independent writer, curator and creative consultant, and conducts ongoing fieldwork research in participatory design and arts-led social regeneration. Nico holds an MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith's College, University of London, and a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University.
In former roles, Nico served as Curatorial Director at Rush Arts Gallery and Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has most recently consulted for innovation firms and creative start-ups including, Openbox, Nuit Blanche New York and Performance Space. Her essays have been published in NOTOFU Magazine, NuktaArt: Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, ArtVoices Magazine, Distorted and Studio Magazine, and featured in exhibition literature at leading cultural institutions including, The Museum of Everything, Real Art Ways, Rush Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
She has lectured at No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, Pratt Institute, Howard University and Cooper Union, and served on artist selection panels at Harlem Arts Festival, Fashion Center BID and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She has curated exhibitions at P.P.O.W. Gallery, Scope International Art Fair, Rush Arts Gallery and Verge Emerging Art Fair, that have been reviewed in The New York Times, Whitewall, V Magazine, At in America and NY Art Beat.
As a practicing artist, Nico has exhibited her work at Aljira, Little Wing Performance Space, The Division of Human Works, Hudson Guild, The Ivy Film Festival, David Winton Bell Gallery and The Rome International Film Festival.
Nico (b. 1984, San Francisco) currently lives and works in New York, however, has lived in over a dozen cities across six states and five foreign countries.