Visual Artist Spotlight: Shanequa Gay Is A Force To Be Reckoned With

Shanequa Gay is Atlanta born and bred and her work has received praise for southern depictions and focus on black life.

With an upcoming artistic tour, The FAIR GAME Project it is easy to understand why her work has received so much critical acclaim.

Shanequa states that “The FAIR GAME Project” has been inspired by issues that afflict the black community, including the many black men and boys killed at the hands of a system that hunts them “like game.” Her imagery seeks to provoke action and to encourage her audience to see the humanity, treasure, and purpose in black male life. However, Shanequa’s work doesn't stop there.

She has something for everyone, whether it be her exhibit “The Southern Way: Grits, Gals, and Glory,” “Early Works: You Won’t Forget Me,” and her Abstract works “Thoughts + Theory,” there are plenty of pieces to choose from and be awed by. Ms. Gay’s art has also been displayed at the Chattanooga African American Museum, Emory University, the annual First Lady Luncheon in 2013, showcased in the movie Addicted, and much more.

She is an artist whose talent knows no limits and who uses her art to show thankfulness and love for the community that fostered and shaped her. Having had the opportunity to meet her, I will say that it is impossible to not be thrown by her elegance, humbleness, and depth, personally and artistically.

Check out her work and be sure to watch out for upcoming exhibits.

Randie Henderson is a Gates Millennium Scholar and recent college grad. She is driven to write, read, learn, and educate about ways to dismantle oppression in America and globally because she is passionate about people and justice. You can find her on