Ellen Lesperance


Current and Upcoming exhibitions

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson


The Frye Art Museum, 

Seattle, WA

09.21.19 - 01.05.20

Solo: Flowers Wrapped in Newspaper


Adams and Ollman Gallery, 

Portland, OR

11.07.19 - 12.21.19

Feminist Histories: Artists After 2000


The São Paulo Museum of Art, 

São Paulo, Brazil

08.23.19 - 11.17.19

NADA Miami


NADA Miami 

Ice Palace Studios, Derek Eller Gallery

12.05.19 - 12.08.19

Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist


The Baltimore Museum of Art, 

Baltimore, MA

01.26.20 - 06.26.20

Velvet Fist


New book published in conjunction with the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Ford Family/Oregon Arts Commission

January 2020


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."

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

Arthur Ivan Bravo reviews my NYC solo show at Derek Eller Gallery in the Nov/Dec 2018 painting issue of the magazine.

"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


Peace Camps


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My 130 page, soft cover novel with illustrations by 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