Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, has drawn praise and critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women, and is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer. Her current traveling exhibition, The FAIR GAME Project, is her advocacy on behalf of African-American males, which is inspired in large part by her hopes, fears, and concerns for her own son.
She has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga), the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (Atlanta), Emory University (Atlanta), Mason Murer Gallery (Atlanta), and the National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta). Her work is among the private collections of actor Samuel L. Jackson, musician/songwriter Leon Russell, and event planner to the stars Preston Bailey.
She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta and currently attends the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she has received awards and scholarships. She is honored to have her as part of the permanent collection for SCAD Hong Kong. In 2013, she was chosen by Low Country Luxe and The Congressional Club to create an illustration of the White House, which was featured as packaging for the 2013 First Lady's Luncheon hostess gift. First Lady Michelle Obama and more than 1,800 attendees received the gift.
Shanequa's Artist Talk from the Auburn Ave. Research Library