Auttrianna Ward is an independent curator, publisher, multilingual writer, cultural producer and founder of Auttrianna Projects. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ward has spent the last decade centering African Diasporic stories through her academic and professional pursuits, which have taken her to Brazil, Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago, London, Baltimore, and throughout the continental United States. Ward is the founder of Mare Residency and Auttrianna Projects, a creative firm and publishing house that supports African, Asian and Indigenous artistic production through publications, grants, residencies and special projects. She has penned cultural commentary as a contributing writer for Saint Heron, AFROPUNK, Sugarcane Magazine and published a bilingual Portuguese and English online journal for Afro-Brazilian art, Cores Brilhantes, from 2015-2018. Ward recently creatively directed and cofounded BLUE/AZUL, a tri-lingual art criticism journal on Afro-Diasporic art. Recent awards include the Critical Minded Grant for Critics of Color, Leslie King Hammond Graduate Fellowship, MICA Intercultural Development Grant, MICA/MFA Graduate Merit Scholarship and the MICA Graduate Research Development Grant.