Rikki Byrd is a writer, educator, and curator who works across the academy, arts, and fashion industries. She has participated in curatorial projects with the South Side Community Art Center, Block Museum of Art, SkyART, and most recently curated the fashion presentations in the traveling exhibition The Culture: Hip Hop & Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and Saint Louis Art Museum. Her forthcoming project Lawrence Agyei: DRILL opens at Blanc Gallery and Expo Chicago in April 2024. Her research focuses on Black aesthetic practices including fashion, performance, and contemporary art, and she has lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. She is the founder of the Black Fashion Archive and co-founder of the Fashion and Race Syllabus. Her writing appears across exhibition catalogs, academic journals, books, and arts and fashion media such as Hyperallergic, Cultured, and Teen Vogue. Rikki is currently completing her PhD in the Department of Black Studies at Northwestern University. Her work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, University of Chicago’s Arts+Public Life, and the Presidential Fellowship at Northwestern University.