Verneda Lights
Artist/
Visual artist

Verneda Lights

Visual artist

Bio

Verneda Lights is a visual artist, photographer, performance poet, and published author of poetry and fiction. She is also a retired physician, science writer, and griot of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s Gullahgeechee Nation. Her body of work encompasses digital and traditional fine art, as well as surface pattern design. She is best known for her #Afrosurreal, #Afrofuturistic, #Post Gullah-Art, and #Techspressionist works on canvas and paper. Her most recent oeuvre, “Gullah Me,” utilizes technology, abstract portraiture, and photomontages/ collages, as tools for the multidimensional storytelling of her journey as a family caregiver and healer in the rural South. Verneda believes that “art is a medicine, and medicine is an art;” therefore, she uses her art based storytelling as a medium for stress management in care giving settings.

A native of the South Carolina Lowcountry, Verneda is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (MD), and Strayer University (MBA). She also holds a certificate in International Arts Management from the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, a program offered jointly by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Deusto University Business School, and Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain).
Within the past five years, Verneda’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial (as part of the Occupy Museums group exhibit), the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery, the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Barrett Art Center, Trolley Barn Gallery, and The Wrong
Biennial. From April to June 2022, her work was exhibited at the South Hampton Art Center, as part of the first internationally juried Techspressionist* 2022 exhibit. Verneda's "Gullah Me" collection is currently showing online, in the Harlem Fine Arts Show platform. She projects that her “Gullah Me” photo book will be available by the end of 2022.
*Techspressionists are artists who use technology to express emotion through art. (See HTTPS://techspressionism.com ) Also see definition in Urban Dictionary: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?
term=techspressionist

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