Elvira Clayton was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in Houston, Texas. Her artistic expressions began in the theatre and have expanded to include visual and sound work. Her work focuses on memory, place and identity and how these ideas are shaped by social and political history. She was award a Jerome Foundation Residency at The Anderson Center For Interdisciplinary Art and A Blue Mountain Residency in Support of her ongoing project, Telling Herstory. Ms. Clayton is a create Change fellow with the Laundromat project. Her work was featured on the 32nd anniversary issue of the literary journal, Callaloo and the Killen Letters Review. Since re-locating to New York City, she has exhibited her work throughout the city and the U.S., in selected group shows. Ms. Clayton is a three-time Manhattan Community Arts Fund recipient in support of her Harlem-based community projects.

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