Verneda Lights is a visual artist/ photographer and griot of the Gullahgeechee Nation, located in South Carolina's Low Country, USA. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (AB, History, 1974), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD, 1978), and Strayer University (MBA, 2010). She also holds a certificate in International Arts Management from the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management from Deusto University School of Business, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, and Guggenheim Museum (2017, Bilbao, Spain). In addition to her career as an artist, Verneda is founder and CEO of E-graphX Omnimedia, a design firm and business consultancy located in Port Royal, SC. "Masks" will be included in the "Represent: New Portraiture" exhibit at the Barrett Art Center (March-April, 2021).