Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, has drawn praise and critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women. She has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum of American Art, the Hammonds House Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Emory University, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her work is among public and private collections including actor Samuel L. Jackson and the permanent collection for SCAD Hong Kong. She received her AA in Graphic Design and Fashion Marketing from the Art Institute of Atlanta (1999), a BA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), summa cum laude (2015), and an MFA at Georgia State University. Gay was one of ten selected artists for OFF THE WALL a city-wide Mural initiative led by WonderRoot and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee (2018).