Atlanta artist and activist Shanequa Gay

Atlanta artist and activist Shanequa Gay

Atlanta Artist Shanequa Gay

Oglethorpe University has announced Shanequa Gay as its inaugural visual artist-in-residence for the 2022-23 academic year.

As part of her residency, the internationally-acclaimed Atlanta artist will present lectures and special events for the Oglethorpe community and host guest artists and curators on campus.

A studio space dedicated to Shanequa’s program — and future artists-in-residence — has been constructed in the Turner Lynch Campus Center. True to the spirit of the small liberal arts college, this intimate space will foster opportunities for personal connections and hands-on learning experiences. Students, faculty and staff alike will be able to step over the threshold into a working artist’s studio to experience Gay’s creative process firsthand.

“Shanequa Gay is the ideal artist to serve in this inaugural role at Oglethorpe University, given her steadfast commitment to social justice and her distinctive talent as one of the most relevant artists of her generation,” said John Daniel Tilford, curator of collections at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, which is shepherding the residency.

“Her presence and work are sure to inspire our students.” Read more.


This new residency is envisioned to bring artists to campus so they may share diverse viewpoints, inspire conversations, and offer insight into their inspirations and creative processes. The residency supports Oglethorpe’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, a priority outlined in the university’s 2022-27 strategic plan. Under President Nicholas Ladany, Oglethorpe has continued to identify ways to advance a supportive and inclusive learning environment. For all access requests to visit studio and/or artist please contact John Daniel Tilford at [email protected] or 423-994-0443.


Artist-in-Residence events will primarily be student-focused, including curatorial conversations, studio visits, in-studio guests, and masterclasses.
Please check back for details as additional public events are confirmed. 

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