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 accomplishments outside the exhibition space includes features in the Lions Gate film Addicted, the BET television series Being Mary Jane and Zoe Ever After, and the 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 currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University.
Residencies / Recognitions / Awards
Baldwin's Room Artist in Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017)
The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Program (2015-2017)
WonderRoot Community Supported Arts Program (2015)
Anne O Art Gallery