Artist creates wall paintings as tribute to Atlanta’s West End


Felicia Feaster, Aug 08 2019

Artist Shanequa Gay’s exhibition at Hammonds House Museum, “Lit Without Sherman: A Love Letter to the West End,” is a bittersweet Valentine that celebrates a vibrant slice of Atlanta rapidly changing with gentrification.

Working in collaboration with Hammonds House executive director Leatrice Ellzy Wright, who wanted Gay to create a site-specific installation in the historic Victorian home’s galleries, Gay has delivered an immersive, celebratory experience so loaded with emotion, your heart could burst. Gay has a gift for visual storytelling and shows sophistication when it comes to dramatic build, sinking viewers deeper into her story as it unfolds in successive rooms of Hammonds House.

Shanequa Gay’s “LIT WITHOUT SHERMAN” proves that love never fails community



 A community’s appearance can be rearranged, but its heartbeat — the character of those who live community – cannot. Artist Shanequa Gay’s murals speak to history and community in LIT WITHOUT SHERMAN: A Love Letter to the West End. The exhibition, which took Gay 21 days to complete, is a labor of love and a testament to Gay, whose work can be “public- and exchange-based, explore current social and ethical issues, and focus on the experiences of African-ascendant bodies and communities.” As a child, Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay spent time in West End at her grandmother’s Oak Street home. Her murals, including specially designed toile schema wallpaper (a simple, repeating decorating pattern), take up almost every inch of the museum’s wall space without compromising its Victorian style.

Oglethorpe University students make artful move toward diversity

ERIC STURGIS, April 12, 2019

A group of Oglethorpe University student leaders wanted to leave a lasting image to improve diversity on their campus.

The painting “La Pieta,” by Georgia State University Alum Shanequa Gay, is of an African American mother holding her son. The painting is meant to spotlight African American mothers whose sons have been killed in controversial police shootings and other racially-charged incidents.


Shanequa Gay Selected for Special Projects at Aqua Art Miami

This year is the first year the Welch School will have artists represented in the “Special Projects” public installation portion of the fair—Shanequa Gay and Aaron Artrip will both have pieces in the main courtyard as a part of this highly-selective, juried showcase.

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