A B O U T

Cold martinis & black caviar. Setting the table. Attention to detail, however small. Feeling a room quiet as food is served, hands motioning in every direction. A public space as an intimate one. Evocative moments of community formed through hospitality, around the table, in a space made whole by being filled. 

Elana Shvalbe is from Toronto, Canada, and currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island, and is pursuing an MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Making objects & furniture that reassert hospitality within the home.

EDUCATION

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Master of Fine Arts, Furniture Design | 2020- 2022

University of Guelph

Bachelor of Arts Honours, Sculpture | Photography | 2016

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Research Assistant to John Dunnigan 

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, RI | 2021

Teaching Assistant, History of Furniture Design

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, RI | 2021

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Furniture Design

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, RI | 2021

Assistant to Susan Dobson

Susan Dobson Photography | Guelph, ON | 2016- 2017

Assistant for Set Design

He Said It. Monologue presented by HATCH | Toronto, ON | 2016

Performer

Film honouring Suzy Lake’s Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts | Toronto, ON | 2016

Assistant to Suzy Lake

Suzy Lake | Toronto, ON | 2015- 2016

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Five Seats, A Cocktail Bar | Guelph, ON | 2019- 2020

Owner | Bartender 

Cosimo Maria Masini | San Miniato, Italy | 2018

Harvester 

Artisanale French Country Cooking | Guelph, ON | 2017-2018

Chef De Partie

SELECTED PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

Boarding House Gallery | A Heap of Random Sweepings | Guelph, ON | 2016

University of Guelph | Specialized Open Studios | Guelph, ON | 2016

 

Zavitz Gallery | 48th Annual Juried Art Show | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON | 2016 

Notice Door Gallery | Viewing Devices | Guelph, ON | 2016

Zavitz Gallery | Related Forms (Put Together) | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON | 2016 

Zavitz Gallery | The Arcades Project | Guelph, ON | 2015 

 

Boarding House Gallery |  Fəˈtäɡrəfē | Guelph, ON | 2015

 

University of Guelph | 47th Annual Juried Art Show | Guelph, ON | 2015

 

The Black Cat Gallery | The Salon of Inclusiveness |  Toronto, ON | 2014

SELECTED COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

Hyundai Research Collaborative | Competitive application for research collaborative in Adaptive Ecologies (accepted, declined due to scheduling conflict) | Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, RI | 2021

Y+ Contemporary | Sadsadderdaze: When you touch one thing, you have to touch all things | Toronto, ON | 2017 

 

The White House Studio Project | Sadsadderdaze: To Produce (A Mark) | Toronto, ON | 2017

 

Idea Exchange Preston Gallery | Sadsadderdaze: Take Part (A Sport) | Cambridge, ON | 2016

Silence | Sadsadderdaze: Summer Night Market Guelph, ON | 2016

Public Installation presented by Kazoo Guelph | Sadsadderdaze: COURTYARD | Guelph, ON | 2016

 

The Ebar | Sadsadderdaze: SADSADDERDAZE | Guelph, ON | 2015

 

 

AWARDS | SCHOLARSHIPS

Rhode Island School of Design MFA Fellowship Award Providence, RI | 2020 - 2021 

Aimia AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Honourable Mention | Toronto, ON 2015

 

Second Place Photography Prize | 47th Annual Juried Art Show Guelph, ON 2015

 

The University of Guelph Fellowship Award | Guelph, ON 2011

PUBLICATIONS

Blurb | "Five Seats, A Cocktail Book" Guelph, ON 2020

Illustrator  Co- Author

Guelph: P.S. | "On a hot day should you keep your windows open or closed?"  Guelph, ON 2017

Co- Author  Co- Graphic Designer

Guelph: CFRU | "International Art English with SADSADDERDAZE" Lavery, Lauren Guelph, ON 2017

Guelph: P.S. “This happened to one of us” The &, collective Guelph, ON | 2016

Co- Illustrator 

Guelph: Kasai Kreative | “The Sads of Guelph” Firebrace, Caryse | Guelph, ON 2016

 

Guelph: Kazoo! | “Why SADSADDERDAZE Rules” Bortolon- Vetter, Sara Guelph, ON | 2016

Issue 6. Guelph: Kaleidoscope | “Swallowing and Digestion” |  Guelph, ON | 2015 

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