Elise Dawson is a restless Canadian artist working across various mediums: photography, painting, performance, poetry, and video. Elise Dawson graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012 where they served as president of Students of Fine Art and was a founding member of Chesterfield Magazine, a freely distributed publication curated from emerging artist submissions.
Since graduating, Elise Dawson has been employed within the film industry and commercial art galleries in Winnipeg and Toronto. Dawson is an active champion of their artistic community. They previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Mentoring Artist’s for Women’s Art and currently serves on their programming committee. They continue to work with local arts organizations such as CARFAC Manitoba, First Fridays Winnipeg and Creative Manitoba in the promotion of artists. Elise Dawson completed MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship program with Val Klassen as well as brief mentorships with Ming Hon (Performance) and Diana Thorneycroft (Bodies of Work).
They presented a solo exhibition at Flux Gallery in 2016. In 2017, Elise Dawson completed a six-week artist residency in Puebla, Mexico which closed with a public performance on Día de Muertos, at Decentered Gallery. They were a 2017-2018 participant of ace.art.inc’s Cartae open school program when they published their first collection of poetry, “SEX DEATH AND/“, a raw examination of loss and desire. Currently, Dawson is a new media artist in residence at videopool.