Ellen Lesperance

Current and Upcoming exhibitions

Nashashibi/Skaer Thinking Through Other Artists

Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

10.20.18 - 1.06.19

Half of the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection

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

08.31.18 - 03.31.19

New Materialism

Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

09.04.18 - 11.11.18

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, and Resistance

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK 

10.27.18 - 01.27.19

Women. Now.

Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY

08.26.18 - 2.18.19

To Make Wrong/Right/Now

Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu, HI

03.08.19 - 05.05.19

@congratulationsand celebrations


September 2018 Solo: "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."

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

Lily of the Arc Lights

Solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

September 2018

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2017 - January 2018

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


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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