Elisa H. Hamilton Print

February 1 - May 13, 2016

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that BCA Artist Resident Elisa H. Hamilton will begin her residency on February 1, 2016. This fifteen-week, public engagement-focused residency is intended to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus, test new ideas and simultaneously spark and participate in vital public dialogue.

Elisa H. HamiltonSupermarket
left: Elisa H. Hamilton, photo credit Joel Benjamin; right: Elisa H. Hamilton, Supermarket, ink and marker on paper, 2016

For her residency project at the BCA, Hamilton poses playful yet vital questions that use the familiar conventions of the archetypal superhero as a unifying construct. She asks: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? What if there were a store where you could buy that superpower, and the only way you could purchase it was by believing it to be possible? During her residency at the BCA, Hamilton will develop her project Supermarket, utilizing the BCA as the site of a series of conversations and workshops inviting the public to engage in a creative dialogue that explores acts of greatness, courage and how we can wield our powers to better communities.

Free and Public Programs

The (Super)Power of Love
Thursday, February 11 | 6:30–7:30pm

Interactive workshop for all ages

Love isn't just a force of nature, it's also a force within ourselves; an inherent superpower within each one of us.  This interactive workshop explores the force of love, using the exchange of experiences and sharing of unique “vessels of love” created by Hamilton for her BCA residency project.  Participants each take home a unique vessel.

Supermaking: The  Supermarket So Far
Sunday, March 20 | 1–3pm

Artist’s talk and interactive demonstration.

Imagining the Supermarket/Sharing our Superstories
Sunday, May 1 | 1–3pm

Participants will interact with Hamilton’s superpower objects and share what they would want to see in the “real” Supermarket in this public conversation examining acts of greatness that individuals have experienced and identifying superpowers that connect to those.

About the Artist

Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose work focuses on the joy found in our everyday places, objects, and experiences. A New England native, she is a proud graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Painting in 2007 and continues a strong connection with the school, currently serving on the Board of Trustees. She maintains a diligent studio practice and has taught at The Eliot School, Harvard Summer School, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been extensively shown in both solo and group exhibitions, as well as recognized by the press and her peers. Her projects include Silver Lining, a public art initiative that challenged the public to seek the good in our ordinary lives, An Apple A Day, an installation of 365 apple drawings at The Fitchburg Art Museum as part of their 2013 exhibition Still Life Lives, and Dance Spot, an ongoing interactive public art experience that transforms ordinary spaces into dance floors.