Elisa H. Hamilton

Neighborhood Salon Luminary

Elisa Hamilton is a multimedia artist who creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. A Boston-area native, her work has been shown locally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions. In 2017, Hamilton was honored by the Improper Bostonian as Boston's Best Creative Catalyst. Her ongoing project Dance Spot has engaged with communities around Boston, as well as the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

She has been the recipient of four public art grants to create temporary public works in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, and a Creative City grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. She has held artists residencies with Vermont Studio Center, Boston Center for the Arts, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the Fenway Alliance. Projects include Sound Lab, a collaborative community sound project that was featured in Listen Hear: The Art of Sound at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Community Legacy, a participatory installation in collaboration with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Slideshow, a story-sharing project and interactive photo exhibit co-presented by HUBweek and Now+There. Recent works include Hamilton's participatory installation Pack Our Bags as part of the group exhibition Nine Moments for Now at the Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Cambridge. Hamilton continues her creative practice at her South End studio at Boston Center for the Arts.

This experience allowed me to connect with other Boston change-makers in a meaningful way, and form a deeper connection to my community.

— Elisa H. Hamilton

During her time as a Luminary, Hamilton was commissioned to create Sound Lab, a community-based, interactive art installation for the exhibition Listen Hear: The Art of Sound. Hamilton has led numerous hands-on workshops for the public at the Gardner, including her work, Slideshow, in conjunction with the Museum's Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition, and Drawn Together, an interactive drawing experience inviting Museum visitors to connect with one another through line, looking, motion, and the beauty of contour.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @ElisaHHamilton.

Photo by Leonardo March.