Nico Wheadon


Nico Wheadon (b. 1984, she/her) is a New Haven-based art advisor, curator, educator and writer, and is founder and principal of bldg fund LLC, an innovation platform for BIPOC artists, entrepreneurs and neighbors. Nico is an adjunct assistant professor of Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Commons at Brown University; Freestyle & Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices at Barnard College; and Art & Place Reconsidered at Hartford Art School. A regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail, Artnet and C&, Nico’s first manuscript—Cultivating The Cultural Commons: A Toolkit For Civic Engagement Within, Beyond & Through The Museum Space (working title)—is slated for publication in Spring 2021. In recent posts, Wheadon served as Inaugural Executive Director of NXTHVN (2019-2020); Inaugural Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2014-2019); and Curatorial Director of Rush Arts Gallery (2007-2010). Wheadon holds an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith’s College University of London (2011), and a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University (2006).