Ellen Lesperance

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Frieze New York

Derek Eller Booth

Randall's Island Park

5.3.18 - 5.6.18

New Materialism

Bonniers Konsthall


9.04.18 - 11.11.18

Solo Exhibition

Derek Eller Gallery

New York

11. 2018

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News And More Information

Adams and Ollman Gallery

I am represented by Adams and Ollman Gallery. Contact Amy Adams at amy@adamsandollman.com for inquiries.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

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


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 winter. You can find out more about their actions and how to support them yourself here:

Jerry Saltz on the New Museum's exhibition Trigger

10/23/17 for Vulture: "There are at least a half-dozen artists in the show using fabric, collage, embroidery, and other malleable materials to make art out of bits and pieces so that “Trigger” exhibits a strong subset of artists who indulge a fabulous Proustian drive to devour materials and processes in minutiae — including Ellen Lesperance’s reversal of this process using super-close-up pictures of knitted fabrics to make geometric drawings."

"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."

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 Seattle-based, 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