Ellen Lesperance


Current and Upcoming exhibitions

NADA Miami


NADA Miami, Booth 5.11

Ice Palace Studios, Derek Eller Gallery

12.05.19 - 12.08.19

Solo: Flowers Wrapped in Newspaper


Adams and Ollman Gallery, 

Portland, OR

11.07.19 - 12.21.19

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson


The Frye Art Museum, 

Seattle, WA

09.21.19 - 01.05.20

Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist


The Baltimore Museum of Art, 

Baltimore, MA

01.26.20 - 06.26.20

Velvet Fist, Artist's Book


Published in conjunction with the solo exhibition, Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist at The Baltimore Museum of Art, with help from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. PRE-ORDER NOW BELOW!


Early Press for upcoming solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the Wall Street Journal

"'We Were White and Sleepy Before' -- the Baltimore Museum of Art's Radical Makeover" by Kelly Crow announces the museum's 2020 initiative to exhibit and purchase works only from women artists.

Book: Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design

A multigenerational survey of strategies of pattern and decoration in art and design with a foreword by Jill Medvedow and texts by Jenelle Porter, Elissa Auther, Amy Goldin.

2018 solo exhibit: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in Artforum

Claire Lehmann reviews my NYC solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery in the magazine's December 2018 issue.

2018 solo exhibit: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in the New York Times

Jillian Steinhauer writes on my September 2018 solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery, NYC: “Speaking about Greenham, a former protester once said, 'We weaponized traditional notions of femininity.' Ms. Lesperance continues the crusade in the realm of art."

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Jen Kabat wrote a features about my work in the September 2017 issue of frieze magazine: "...Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting."

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

I am thrilled to have been awarded a 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation biennial Grant. 

Recent Exhibition Archive

Less Is A Bore: Maximalist Art & Design

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

06.26.19 - 09.22.19

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance

Group exhibition: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

2018 - 2019

Nashashibi/Skaer Thinking Through Other Artists

Group exhibition: Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

10.20.18 - 1.06.19

Lily of the Arc Lights

Solo exhibition: Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

September 2018

New Materialism

Group exhibition: Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

September - November 2018

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2017 - January 2018


Velvet Fist


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PRE-ORDER. This 100-page book is being published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It contains an introductory essay, over eighty examples of Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp protest knitwear, and a glossary of symbolism. It is being printed by Creative Print Group, Baltimore, MD, and it will be available in January of 2020 in a  limited edition of 500. 

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