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 public art 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.

Hamilton 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. She is currently a fellow in the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows New England program.

Hamilton’s projects include Community Legacy, a collaboration with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Slideshow, co-presented by HUBweek and Now+There, Pack Our Bags, an interactive installation recently exhibited at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY, and Underline, a solo exhibition of works on paper at RSM Gallery, Bentley University, Waltham. Her current projects include Jukebox, a community-centered public art project being commissioned by the City of Cambridge for the Cambridge Foundry.

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.

In 2019, Elisa recorded an Artist Walk of the Gardner Museum, which encourages us to explore the often overlooked artistry and attention to detail in artworks and the museum’s architecture. You can listen to it here on our website.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @ElisaHHamilton.

Photo by Leonardo March.