About Us

We are an artist-driven organization that believes in building an art world worth inhabiting.

We work collaboratively with artists to design and build projects that engage audiences and explore the emerging possibilities of blockchain technology for creative practice. We support artists throughout the process of making new work—from conceptualization to production and presentation—while fostering critical conversations about the issues driving digital art and culture.

We produce art that is thoughtful, challenging, and inspiring. We aim to help artists advance their work and ideas into this new terrain, generating projects that are bold, complex, and original.

Supporting Nonprofits

Each project we present benefits one or more nonprofit organizations, selected by the artist to receive a portion of every sale. Because NFTs have the potential to distribute funds automatically and in perpetuity whenever the art changes hands, artists can use their work to help build and sustain an art world they—and we—care about.

How it Works

When used thoughtfully, we believe NFTs can make artworks more widely available, put artists more in control of how their artworks are produced and exchanged, and contribute to the numerous institutions that make artists and artworks possible in the first place.

Every artwork presented by Artwrld is backed by an NFT (non-fungible token), a piece of code that establishes the work as a unique object created and owned by certain individuals, like a certificate of authenticity for digital art. This code is written permanently and securely into a global record of digital transactions known as a blockchain.

Artwrld is acutely aware of the many valid ecological concerns surrounding NFTs and blockchain technologies, in particular the Ethereum blockchain on which many NFT projects are based. Some Artwrld projects may launch on Ethereum while others may not. We will be transparent as we make these determinations. We are also committed to finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint and do right by our artists and the planet. This will include carbon offsets for any projects we launch on Ethereum, as well as deploying projects on alternate blockchains that use a proof-of-stake system to dramatically reduce their energy consumption.

Team & Partners

  • Nato Thompson

    Partner

    Author, curator, and self-described “cultural infrastructure builder,” Nato Thompson has over 20 years of experience in the art world. He served as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary, Chief Curator at Creative Time, and Curator at MASS MoCA.

  • Josh Goldblum

    Partner

    Josh Goldblum is a digital innovator and the CEO of Bluecadet with over 20 years of experience in the cultural sector. His past clients include MoMA, The Getty, The Smithsonian Institution, Google, Harvard, Princeton, and MIT. He has been awarded an Emmy, a SXSW Award, Fast Company Innovation Award, and Webby Awards.

  • Walid Raad

    Partner

    Walid Raad is an artist and a professor of art at the Cooper Union. His work has been shown around the world, including at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, and Documenta, as well as in solo exhibitions at the Louvre, MoMA, Stedelijk Museum, ICA Boston, and Whitechapel Art Gallery.

  • Scott Brewer

    Technical Advisor

    An experienced technologist, founder, strategist, and product leader, Scott Brewer is the co-founder of the creative technology firm Art Processors and blockchain digital art gallery Bright Moments. He has designed and managed software used and loved by millions for over 15 years.

  • Shane Brennan

    Head of Production

    Shane Brennan is an arts strategist and producer with over a decade of experience at organizations including Creative Time, Kickstarter, and The Trust for Governors Island. He holds a Ph.D. in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU.

  • RJ Rushmore

    Head of Finance

    RJ Rushmore is a finance and marketing strategist who combines the expertise of an MBA from NYU Stern with a decade of experience in arts and culture at organizations including Creative Time, Mural Arts, and Bluecadet