Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, has drawn praise and critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women. Her current work, The FAIR GAME Project, is art as advocacy which challenges the unyielding violence and injustices committed in America and across the globe against the black body.

Gay has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hammonds House Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Emory University, Mason Murer, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her work is among public and private collections including actor Samuel L. Jackson and the permanent collection for SCAD Hong Kong. 

Gay's work was featured in the 2014 Lions Gate film Addicted, the television series Being Mary Jane, the BET series Zoe and the upcoming 2016 OWN series Greenleaf. She was chosen by The Congressional Club to be the illustrator for the 2013 First Lady's Luncheon hostess gift. First Lady Michelle Obama and more than 1,800 attendees received the gift.

She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the Art Institute of Atlanta. She was one of 6 artists chosen for WonderRoots 2015 Community Supported Arts Program and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at The Goat Farm through The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Program (2015-2017).

Gay is currently represented by Anne O Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA


EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (summa cum laude)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Associate of Arts, Fashion Marketing minor Graphic Design
Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

HONORS + AWARDS
SCAD Gene Arthur Allcott Scholarship
SCAD Glenda Knight Keyes Prize for Outstanding Talent
SCAD Artistic Honors Scholarship
Selected Illustrator for 2013 First Lady's Luncheon Hostess Gift, Low Country Luxe, Congressional Club
Independent Study Fellowship, Iwakuni, Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
What If the Ancestors Are Conspiring Against Us?, Stonecrest Library, Conyers, GA

2015
The Fair Game Project: Open Season, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA
CCDA Illuminate Diversity Conference, featured artist, Memphis, TN

2013
The Southern Way, The Hiram Rosenwald School & Museum, Hiram, GA
The Fair Game Project, Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN
The Southern Way, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation: Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC

2012
The Fair Game Project, Uspace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Fair Game Project, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA

2011
The Southern Way: Exhibition, Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN
The Southern Way: Grits, Gals, and Glory, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Burn Away Art Auction, Mason Murer, Atlanta, GA

The Creatives Project, Gallery 72, Atlanta, GA
Personal Politics: Artist as Witness, Memory Keepers, & Social Conscience, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

2015
WonderRoot CSA: Season 6, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

2014
Remembering Trayvon, Hammonds House Museum Atlanta, GA
Xhibiting Blackness, Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Nine-isms, Further Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2013
Smash and Grab, The Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN

2011
The Butterfly Effect, Los Angeles, CA
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Afshin Hafizi, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Arthur + Jay Richardson, Atlanta, GA

Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA

Camille Russell Love, Atlanta, GA

Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN

City Councilman Kwanzaa Hall, Atlanta, GA

First Lady Michelle Obama, Washington, DC

Joe Beasley, Civil Rights Leader, Atlanta, GA

Leon Russell, McDonough, GA

Meg Aubrey, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

Myrna Anderson Fuller, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Collection SCAD, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Representative Bill Hembree, Atlanta, GA

Ruby Taylor, For Black Girls, Lancaster, PA

Samuel L. Jackson, Atlanta, GA

Tony Burks + Thandiwe DeShazor, Atlanta, GA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016
Dinah McClintok, Review: with "Personal Politics" artists deliver rigorous dialogues, ArtsATL, February 29, 2016

2015
Jovanna Jones, The Politics of Painting: A Dialogue with Shanequa Gay, Blacqurl, October 12, 2015

2014
Parker Wallace, Interview, ARTlanta Artist Shanequa Gay, Atlanta, GA, CBS 46 WGCL-TV ATL, Oct 15, 2014

Randie Danyell, Visual Artist Spotlight: Shanequa Gay Is A Force To Be Reckoned With, For Harriet, December 30, 2014

2013
Barry Courter, Fair Game' New exhibit examines plight of the African-American male, Chattanooga
Times Free Press, June 09, 2013

Frederick H. Lowe, If It Bleeds, It Leads: Artist Forces Us to Take Another Look at Murders, The North
Star News & Analysis, July 02, 2013

Michael Crumb, Life As a Moving Target, The Pulse, July 04, 2013

2012
Marquita Gooch, Behind the Mask Documentary, The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Mar 22, 2012

2011
Ann Nichols, Grits, Gals, and Glory' art exhibit depicts Southern Women, Chattanooga Times Free Press,
April 17, 2011

Michael Crumb, Sense of A Woman, The Pulse, April 28, 2011.17

LECTURES

2016
Artist Talk, Hudgens Center for the Arts, March 05, 2016

2015
Artist Talk, Hammonds House Museum, January 25, 2015

2014
Panel, The Importance of Creative Development, Burn Away, September 16, 2014

2013
Artist Talk, Chattanooga African American Museum, July 16, 2013
Artist Talk, The Auburn Avenue Research Library, July 16, 2013

2012
Panel, Life on Canvas: the Contemporary African American Female Artist, The Auburn Avenue
Research Library, March 23, 2012
Artist Talk, The Auburn Avenue Research Library, February 04, 2012