EDUCATION

 

Georgia State University. Master of Fine Art. Atlanta, GA

Savannah College of Art and Design. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Savannah, GA

 

HONORS + AWARDS

2019    Do Good Fellowship, Do Good Fund and Southern Food Alliance, University, Mississippi

2019    Selected Artist for OFF THE WALL a city-wide Mural initiative led by WonderRoot and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee

2018    Selected Artist for Special Projects, Aqua Art Miami, Art Basel Miami

2018    Supplemental Funding Grant for Research, Georgia State University

2018    Andrew M. West Memorial Scholarship, Georgia State University

2017    Supplemental Funding Grant for Research, Georgia State University

2016    Welch School of Art & Design Graduate Scholarship, Georgia State University

2015    WonderRoot Community Supported Arts Program

2014    SCAD: Gene Arthur Allcott Scholarship / Glenda Knight Keyes Prize for Outstanding Talent (Wish Foundation) / Artistic Honors Scholarship

2014    Independent Study Fellowship, DIRMINC, Iwakuni, Japan

2013    Selected Illustrator for First Lady Michelle Obama Luncheon Hostess Gift, Congressional Club

2011    Education Award, Americorps, Serving Atlanta Public Schools and Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter

RESIDENCIES

2017    Artist in Residence, Baldwin’s Room, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015    Artist in Residence, The Creatives Project, Atlanta, GA

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019   

Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper, Anne O Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

ini-she-ation, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Lit Without Sherman, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

Where We Make Peace, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

2018   

i come as us, Converse College, Sumter, SC

i come as us, Sumter County Art Gallery, Sumter, SC

Marginalized and Mythologized, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

 

2017   

Foul Ainʼt Fair, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA

The Fair Game Project, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

 

2016   

“Do Something New” Our Plea for Social Justice, Anne O Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

2015   

The Fair Game Project: Open Season, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

CCDA Illuminate Diversity Conference, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN

 

2013   

The Fair Game Project, Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN

The Southern Way, St. Josephʼs Historic Foundation: Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   

Woven, The Arts Center of Greenwood, Greenwood, SC

Fruitful Labors, Zuckerman Museum, Kennesaw, GA

 

2018   

Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Miami Hotel, Miami, GA

5 Perspectives, Steffen Thomas Museum, Buckhead, GA

 

2017   

New South, The Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC

 

2016   

Nine, The Creatives Project, Armour Yards, Atlanta, GA

Personal Politics: Artist as Witness, Memory Keepers, & Social Conscience, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

Personal Politics: Artist as Witness, Memory Keepers, & Social Conscience, University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA

 

2015   

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

 

2014   

Xhibiting Blackness, Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Nine-isms, Further Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Anne Tracht, ConsultArt, Atlanta, GA

Arthur + Jay Richardson, Airport Electronics, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Collection Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, GA

Brenda Locke, Faulkner and Locke, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Collection Chattanooga African American Museum, Chattanooga, TN

Dr. Debbie Allen, Nevada Corporation & McDonaldʼs DBA, Milwaukee, WI

Benjamin Greenbaum, PhD, New York, NY

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Boston, MA

First Lady Michelle Obama, Washington, DC

Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

Joe Beasley, Civil Rights Leader, Atlanta, GA

Marianne Lambert, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA

Millicent Shelton, Culver City, CA

Permanent Collection Oglethorpe University Museum, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Collection SCAD, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Samuel L. Jackson, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Permanent Collection The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, Augusta, GA

Tonit Calaway & Judge David Swanson, Harley Davidson & Borgwarner VP, Milwaukee, WI

LECTURES 

2019   

Artist Talk, ini-she-ation, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, July 27

Artist Talk, Lit Without Sherman, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA, June 28

Lecture, The Abundance of Sweet Auburn Avenue: A Painter’s Perspective, Remerge ATL, May 04

 

2018   

Panel, A3C Panel Discussion - The Power of Art and Sports to Drive Social Change, AARL on African American Culture and History, October 05

Panel, Artists as Activists, Truth Seekers and Critics, Hammonds House Museum, September 29

Artist Talk, i come as us, Sumter County Gallery of Art, April 26

Panel, Tackling the Taboo, GRIOT Community Center of Antioch California, March 31

Artist Talk, Phenomenal Woman, Johns Creek Arts Center, March 04

Panel, 5 Perspectives, Steffen Thomas Museum, March 03

Lecturer, Marginalized and Mythologized, Augusta University, January 11

 

2017   

Lecturer, Fair is Foul, Foul Aint Fair, Wofford College, February 29

Artist Talk, Fair is Foul, Foul Aint Fair, Auburn Avenue Research Library, July 11

 

2016   

Artist Talk, Hudgens Center for the Arts, March 05

Lecturer, a bad question, tART Collective, Central Library, June 04

Lecturer, 20/21 Vision, Clark Atlanta University, September 11

 

2015   

Artist Talk, Hammonds House Museum, January 25, 2015 Artist Talk, Atlanta Contemporary, July 23

 

2014   

Panel, the Importance of Creative Development, BurnAway, September 16

 

2013   

Artist Talk, Chattanooga African American Museum, July 16

Artist Talk, The Auburn Avenue Research Library, July 16

 

2012   

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

Artist Talk, The Auburn Avenue Research Library, February 04

 

FILM + TELEVISION 

2019    Heartstrings, Netflix

2017    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, HBO Films

2017    Step-UP: High Water, Lionsgate         

2017    YouTube RED

2017    Greenleaf, OWN Network

2016    Zoe Ever After, BET

2014    Addicted, Lionsgate

2013    Being Mary Jane, BET

 

PUBLIC ART 

2019   

Mural, Georgia Beer Garden, Commissioned by Superbowl Host Committee

Mural, 454 Irwin Street, Commissioned by Superbowl Host Committee

Mural, Vine City MARTA Station, Commissioned by Superbowl Host Committee

2018    Mural, Cabbage Town, Forward Warrior

2017    Mural, Cabbage Town, Forward Warrior

2016    Mural, 787 Windsor, Commissioned by AfroPunk

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019   

Felicia Feaster, Artist creates wall paintings as a tribute to Atlanta’s West End, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Aug 08

Shelley Danzy, Shanequa Gay’s “LIT WITHOUT SHERMAN” proves that love never fails community, ArtsATL, July 16

Summer Evans, Artist Shanequa Gay Creates ‘A Love Letter To The West End,’ WABE, NPR, July 11

Eric Stirgus, Oglethorpe students expand diversity of its museumʼs collection, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 15

Eric Stirgus, Oglethorpe University students make artful move toward diversity, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 12          

Kathy Janich, Shanequa Gay On Myth, Blackness And The Feminine In Devout Griot, ArtsATL, April 02

William Inman, These Walls: Artist Shanequa Gay, Georgia State University Magazine, Spring Issue

Andrea Diaz, These giant murals will share Atlanta's civil rights history with Super Bowl visitors, CNN NEWS, January 25

Alexa Liacko, Atlanta Artists Create Dozens Of Civil Rights Murals Ahead Of The Super Bowl, FOX Five NEWS, Good Day Atlanta, January 23

 

2018

Associated Press, New Murals Near Super Bowl Venue Highlight Atlanta's Civil Rights Legacy, NBC NEWS, December 26

Kelundra Smith, Wonderrootʼs Off The Wall Mural Project Calls On Local Artists To Put Civil Rights Front And Center, Atlanta Magazine, December 03

Jane Collins, Current Art Exhibits Give Validity To 'A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Review), Sumter Item, May 03

Ida Harris, 7 Iconic Black Women Artists From Around The World Who Deserve More Recognition, Blavity, March 08

Aricka Foreman, Marginalized & Mythologized, The Offing Magazine, February 02, 2018 Andrea Gable, 5 Perspectives, Lake Oconee Living, January 22

Tia Lynn Ivey, 5 Perspectives, Morgan County Citizen, January 08

 

2017

Regan Petty, New exhibit at Wofford Portrays Contemporary African-American Experience, GoUpState, February 22

Kelley D. Evans, Artist Shanequa Gay Brings Inspiring Black Experiences To Canvas In New Exhibition, The Undefeated, March 6  

Chelsea Steverson, Leading Lady: Shanequa Gay, C4 Atlanta, March 16

Floyd Hall, “Substance in the Marginal Carnival” With Shanequa Gay, Today Maybe Forever, June 18

Muriel Vega, Q & A | Artist Shanequa Gay, Commoncreativ ATL, July 12

 

2016   

Dinah McClintok, Review: With "Personal Politics" Artists Deliver Rigorous Dialogues, ArtsATL, February 29

Shantay Robinson, Studio Visit, Burnaway, August 17

 

2015   

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

 

2014   

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

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

 

2013   

Barry Courter, Fair Game' New Exhibit Examines Plight Of The African-American Male, Chattanooga Times Free Press, June 09

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

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

2020    Justin Philip Reed, The Malevolent Volume, Coffee House Press. Cover Art

2019    Dexter R. Voisin, America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago, Columbia University Press