Stefani Byrd (b. 1984, United States) -
Her art practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. Byrd is most noted for her interactive temporary public art installations that create "empathy training" experiences for the audience. These works are a hybrid of video and performance art that both disorient and re-orient the viewer. Her work is both playful and sophisticated, drawing the viewer into active and often interactive engagement.
Her practice aims to shed light on the complicated nature of communication within a contemporary culture where social stereotypes often define our interactions. Often her work confronts or undermines these stereotypes by turning the tables on traditional power relationships.
She has received grants and support from groups such as: Creative Capital of New York, Flux Projects, the InLight Richmond Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in such places as the Public Art Review Magazine, the Public Art Archive, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Art Papers Magazine.
Byrd's work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Columbus Museum of American Art, and the Diane Marek Collection and Trust.
She received her BFA degree in photography from Georgia State University in 2008. She holds a Masters Degree in Visual Art from the University of California San Diego with an emphasis in New Media / Art + Technology.
She is a Lecturer in the Digital Arts division of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California Irvine. She also Lectures within the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM) major in the Visual Arts department at the University of California San Diego. She lives and works in Southern California.