Elvira Clayton is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is research-led. Working across installation, performance, printmaking, and other media, much of her work responds to the lives of people who lived under American slavery.
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 is a 2022-2023 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow and a 2022 Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant recipient. She will attend a January 2023 residency at The Women’s Studio Workshop. Clayton was a 2022 Robert Blackburn Studio Immersion Fellow. 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.
Elvira Clayton was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, grew up in Houston, Texas, and currently lives and works in Harlem, New York City.