My Story

I grew up just outside New York City, and as a teenager I thought the ultimate act of independence was to take the train into Manhattan and explore my favorite museums: the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney. I began as a museum educator at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Dallas Museum of Art, and before arriving at Warren Wilson in 2011, I taught at Vassar College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and Colby College, among other places. Recently, I have been enjoying curating exhibitions, and I often involve my students in my projects. My current exhibition explores the historic summer of 1946 at Black Mountain College, when Josef Albers invited the African American painter Jacob Lawrence to teach a course and places the artistic experiences of that summer in conversation with commissioned works by three contemporary artists. When not in the classroom or gallery, I can be found on the soccer pitch playing goalie for my boys Elijah (11) and Jesse (4).

Julie Caro


  • B.A. in History of Art, Duke University
  • M.A. in History of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in History of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • American and European modernism and transatlantic exchange
  • African American art and material culture
  • Black Mountain College
  • Critical interventions in curating from inside and outside the museum

Courses Taught

  • Modern and Contemporary Art Harlem Renaissance
  • Art & Politics in the Jazz Age Art History Practicum
  • Curating and Museum Education

Crews and Other Activities

  • Curator, Holden Art Gallery at Warren Wilson College