Elvira Clayton is a multi-media artist working across installation, performance, photography, assemblage sculpture, and community-based art projects.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, growing up in Houston, She now lives and works in Harlem, New York City.
Elvira’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. As a member of the performance group Black Women Artist; she has performed at
The New Museum, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and Project Row Houses in Houston.
She has been an artist-in-residence with Residency Unlimited, The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Blue Mountain Center. Elvira has been both a Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow and Commissioned Artist. She is a four-time recipient of The Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant. Her work has been featured in The Killens Review, Glasstire, Callaloo Journal, and Artsy.net.
Currently, Elvira is working on a research-based series that uses slave-era textiles and craft practices to look at and tell stories related to American Slavery.