Ellen Lesperance

Current and Upcoming exhibitions

Lily of the Arc Lights

Solo, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

09.06.18 - 10.07.18

Half of the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Brookln, NY

08.31.18 - 03.31.19

New Materialism

Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

09.04.18 - 11.11.18

Nashashibi/Skaer Thinking Through Other Artists

Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

10.20.18 - 1.06.19

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, and Resistance

Travelling Exhibition: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2018); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK (2019)

Women. Now.

Austrian Cultural Council, New York, NY 

@congratulationsand celebrations


Adams and Ollman Gallery

I am represented by Adams and Ollman Gallery in Portland, Oregon. For inquiries, contact Amy Adams.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

I am honored to announce that I was selected as a 2017 grantee of the Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Jennifer 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."

Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change

My essay on the visual tactics of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp acivists, "Considerations of Equity in Feminist Visual Tactics," will be published this fall in this new book by Routledge (edited by Elizabeth Garber, Lisa Hochtritt, and Manisha Sharma). Look for it soon!


The Portland-based intersectional feminist W.I.T.C.H. chapter is wearing 13 garments that I recreated from images of a Greenham Common camper this season. You can find out more about their actions and how to support them here:

Call for Participants: Stockholm

My sweater rental project, Congratulations and Celebrations, is in Stockholm at Bonniers Konsthall from September to November for the exhibit New Materialism. Please consider checking the garment out to empower a (self-defined) act of courage.

Recent Exhibition Archive

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2017 - January 2018

Cynthia Daignault, Dan Fischer, Ellen Lesperance: Makers Catalogue

3-person exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

June - August, 2017

The Subjects and W.I.T.C.H. 1985

Solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon with corresponding novel publication (available below)

August - November, 2017

Thread Lines

Traveling group exhibition: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2014, 2017

Run Now Women, XO!

Solo exhibition at Gallery Anne De Villepoix, Paris, FR


Ellen Lesperance and Helen Mirra, Traversing

2-person exhibition, The Armory, Pasadena, CA


My novel: Peace Camps


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130 page, soft cover novel with illustrations by  self-proclaimed "gay folk artist" Jeffry Mitchell, printed by Container Corps, Portland, Oregon in a signed and numbered, 2017 limited edition of 250. Still available.

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Thanks, Ellen Lesperance