Ellen Lesperance

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

New Materialism

Bonniers Konsthall


9.04.18 - 11.11.18

Lily of the Arc Lights

Derek Eller Gallery

New York

09.06.18 - 10.07.18


Tate St. Ives


10.20.18 - 01.06.19

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News And More Information

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Read Jennifer Kabat's feature about my work in the September 2017 issue of frieze magazine. She writes: "...Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting."

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

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

Adams and Ollman Gallery

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

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 yourself here:

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon is reviewed in the New York Times

9/28/17: "When It Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign" by Holland Cotter, "...the fine netlike patterns in Ellen Lesperance's gouache paintings are inspired by photographic close-ups of clothing worn by female activists, past and present."

Past Exhibitions

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


Peace Camps, a novel


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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, limited edition of 250. Still available.

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Thanks, Ellen Lesperance