Stefani Byrd is a female artist born in United States, currently working in Georgia, United States.
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An ongoing theme throughout the artist’s work is subcultures and the feeling of commonality with people who are seen as different from the mainstream for reasons such as their cultural identity, personal interests, sexuality, or spiritual beliefs. Byrd’s work is often a chance to explore other cultures and to use those experiences to make work that gives a voice to communities that are underrepresented, misrepresented, or not acknowledged by the mainstream.

Her earliest body of work title “The Paper Bag Project” is a series of life size photographs and recorded audio of subjects who are closeted about their alternative sexuality for family, religious, work related or other reasons. The subjects are recruited anonymously through sites like craigslist. The subjects are photographed in their normal setting with a paper bag placed over their head that conceals their identity and skews how they are viewed. The interviews reveal the subjects motivations; some participants had previously never spoken to anyone about their struggle with their sexuality.

Her next collection of work loosely title Trine is about the artist’s experiences growing up in between a family of psychics and mystics and firm skeptics. The work explores themes of mysticism, spirituality and faith. The group also includes a three screen video installation about her and her father’s experiences of living in three separate houses where they both had shared experiences of paranormal activity. The artist herself experienced paranormal activity till the age of twelve.

Her current project is a site specific video installation where she has worked with the deaf community to use sign language as a medium to address issues about communication, identity, and overcoming the barriers of language. The project is set to deput at the LE FLASH! Experimental Art Showcase in Atlanta, GA on October 24th.

STEFANI BYRD

Atlanta, GA
SMBYRDphoto@aol.com

Selected GRANTS AND AWARDS

2008 Joseph Perrin Award and Grant
2007 Artist Choice Award, Kojo Griffin Selects
2006 Juror’s Award, Pan Terminus
2004 Juror’s Award, Eyecandy
2004 Anna Craft Memorial Art Foundation Scholarship
2002 Best in Category, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

Selected JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2008 Form, Eyedrum Experimental Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Adventures in Mysticism, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia
On the Verge, Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia,
Juror: Susan Todd-Raque, Independent Curator
ExLucis 2008, Composition Gallery, Juror: Sylvie Fortin, Editor in Chief of Art Papers
2007 Kojo Griffin Selects, Georgia State University Gallery,
Atlanta, Georgia Juror: Kojo Griffin
2006 SlowExposures, Zebulon, Georgia Juror: Julian Cox, Curator of Photography, High
Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, and Debbie Fleming Caffery, Photographer
Pan Terminus, 100 Gallery, ACA, Atlanta, Georgia
Juror: Julian Cox, Curator of Photography, High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
2005 3rd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Columbus State University,
Columbus, Georgia, Juror: Sarah Hobbs, Photographer,
Yosi Milo Gallery, New York
Art for Healing Gala, Memorial Health Care System Foundation Charity Auction,
Chattanooga, TN
2004 Eyecandy, Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Juror: Susan Knowles, Independent Curator
2003 Holiday Exhibit, Center Gallery, AVA, Chattanooga, Tennessee
2002 25th Annual Artscene Exhibition, Hunter Museum,
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006 Smallness is a Virtue, Aurora, Atlanta, Georgia
(They Have Spoken) We Are Speaking, Student Center Gallery, Georgia State
University, Atlanta, Georgia
Silver: 12th Biennial Art for Survival Charity Art Auction, Georgia State
University Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
New Nostalgia, Temple Gallery, Decatur, Georgia
2005 Pin-Up Show, MOCA GA, Atlanta, Georgia
2004 (un)Silent Night, Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Objects d’Art, Center Gallery, AVA, Chattanooga, Tennessee
2001 Young Photographers, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Selected COLLECTIONS

SGA International, New York, New York
The John and Diane Merrick Collection and Trust
Private Collections, Miami, Florida
Private Collections, Atlanta, Georgia

Guest LECTURER

“Mysticism in Contemporary Art,” Panel Member, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA. June 1, 2008.
“Behind the Mask: The Paper Bag Project,” Georgia State University. March 2007.

Selected PUBLICATIONS

FORM: Artistic Independence 2008”, Hardcover Exhibition Catalog and Publication, Williams-England Inc., 2008
“Exploring the Mystic: Athica Tries to Explain the Unexplainable”, April Moore Skelton, Athens-Banner Herald, April 11, 2008
“Adventures in Mysticism: ATHICA Exhibit Ponders the Ethereal”, Melissa Link, The Flagpole, May 21, 2008

Education

B.F.A. Photography Georgia State University 2008