Mike Elsass

Mike Elsass


Through rusted, weathered steel, texture and layers of paint, Mike shares his artistic vision with the world. His creative process is less about the outcome than the experience. Through various sizes and shapes,  he captures a balance between rusted metal and nature-inspired palettes.

In 2000, Mike closed a chapter on a successful business career to follow his dream of becoming a writer. On his journey to become a writer, he bought a painting from Dayton Artist Roger Sayre that would inspire a very different artistic journey. He began working in Sayre’s studio, earned an apprenticeship and developed a deep friendship that motivated Mike to find his own path through contemporary art.

Dedicated to community involvement and using his brush before brain philosophy to break down barriers, Mike continues to work with nonprofit community groups, utilizing art as therapy and the outcome to support missions that are growing and building the community. Art from the Acronym Artists is shown throughout Dayton.

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Dana L. Wiley Gallery - 1st Floor

The Importance of the Arts in the Redevelopment Process

Mike, Dana and Dave will discuss the importance of art as a redevelopment tool for main streets of any size. We will talk about artist needs from space to place to price. How art creates eclectic energy while welcoming creativity to reenergizing forgotten often vacant sleepy places.