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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nationally Acclaimed Visual Artist Shanequa Gay Brings the Plight of Black Men to Canvas

— Upcoming Shanequa Gay exhibit portrays the contemporary African-American experience. —

Shanequa Gay's Plight of Black Men Exhibit

One of Shanequa Gay’s canvasses in her ‘Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair’ exhibition

Spartanburg, SC — In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Wofford College presents a solo exhibition from nationally acclaimed, Atlanta-based artist Shanequa Gay, titled “Fair Is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair.”

The exhibition speaks to the contemporary social and racial climate. It was inspired by a novel by Bill Harris as well as Greek and African mythologies.

“I wanted to dig deep into the feelings of despair and despondency that some within the black community have concerning their plight of poverty and ethnicity,” Gay says.

Her works bring forth commentary regarding police brutality, gang and prison culture, lack of educational opportunity, and feelings of self-hatred that have arisen in the black community.

Shanequa Gay’s exhibit will be on display through April 7, 2017 in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Campus Life Building on Wofford College’s campus. Viewing is free and open to the public.

An artist talk and reception will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery. An artist lecture will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building. This event is also free and open to the public.

Gay’s work was featured in the 2014 Lions Gate film Addicted, the television series Being Mary Jane, and OWN series Greenleaf. She was chosen by The Congressional Club to be the illustrator for the 2013 First Lady’s Luncheon hostess gift. Her work is included in both public and private collections including, actor Samuel Jackson. Gay has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events, such as the Chattanooga African American Museum, Hammonds House Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, and many more.

Shanequa Gay is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Art Institute of Atlanta. Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at The Goat Farm through The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Program (2015-2017).

To learn more about the exhibit, visit www.wofford.edu/newsroom/2017/Fair-is-Foul-and-Foul-Aint-Fair-exhibition/

To learn more about Shanequa Gay, visit www.shanequagay.com


Ruby Taylor

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