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Born 1971 Minneapolis, MN

Lives and works in Portland, OR




1999 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, MFA, New Brunswick, NJ

1999 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1995 BFA University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US


Selected Solo Exhibitions



The Land Of Feminye, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY



Amazonknights, ICA Miami, Miami, FL



The Sky Is Leaden in the South, Hollybush Gardens, London, England

Together we lie in ditches and in front of machines, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Velvet Fist, Baltimore Museum of Art, MA



Flowers Wrapped in Newspaper, Adams & Ollman, Portland, OR



Lily of the Arc Lights, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 



The Subjects and W.I.T.C.H, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR



Run Now Women, XO, Project Room, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France



We Were Singing, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR



You & I Are Earth, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR



It’s Never Over, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA



The Strong, Star-Bright Companions, Ambach & Rice, Seattle, WA



Ellen Lesperance, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA



Off the Grid, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

Ellen Lesperance & Jeanine Oleson, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

This is Our World, Savage Art Resources, Portland, OR



Over the River and Through the Woods, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions



Long Story Short, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles



Connecting Currents, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Staying with the Trouble, Curated by Kate McNamara, SMFA/Boston, Tufts University Galleries, Boston, MA

Active Threads, KAI 10/ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Dusseldorf, Germany

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC 



Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, NY

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Selections from the Collection 1933-2018, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA



Feminist Histories: Artists After 2000, Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson, Frye Museum, Seattle, WA

Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design, ICA Boston, MA 

Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu, HI



New Materialism, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 

Nashashibi / Skaer, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK 

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Nottingham Contemporary and De La Warr Pavilion 

Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY



Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY

Makers Catalogue, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Occupation, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA 

Thread Lines, (traveling from the Drawing Center, New York, NY) Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY 



Ellen Lesperance and Helen Mirra, Traversing, Armory Arts Center, Pasadena, CA

Who Cares?, Valerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France

Exploring Reality, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

Crafting the Future, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR



Book of Scores, Disjecta, Portland, OR

Take Back Vermont, Zieher, Smith & Horton, New York, NY

Common Thread, Mixed Greens, New York, NY

Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY



Sincerely, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA

Thread Lines, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Almost Something, Not Quite Nothing, Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

PORTLAND2014 Biennial, curated by Amanda Hunt, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR



American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

Biennaleonline, curated by Jens Hoffmann,



Hang Up, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, England

Dear Pippa Bacca, Frieze Frame, New York, NY

Contemporary Watercolor, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Falling Through Space, Drawing by the Line, University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY



Body Gesture, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

will be home..., Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



People’s Biennial, curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann, Traveling: PICA, Portland, OR; Dahl Arts Center, Rapid

City, SD; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale,

AZ; Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford, PA



Performance Forever, Façade/Fasad Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



The Gathering, Drawing Room, Portland, ME



Mother, May I?, Campbell Soady Gallery, New York, NY

Art as Intervention, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH



Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale, Traveling: Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; Bates College Museum of Art,

Lewiston, ME



Redykeulous, curated by Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Stein, Participant Inc., New York, NY

Bearings: The Female Figure, curated by Allen Frame, PS122 Gallery, New York, NY



Something is Somewhere, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

Human Nature, Pump House Gallery, London, UK

Off the Coast: A Landscape Chronology, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME



RE:SOURCE Performances, Art in General, New York, NY

RE:SOURCE, curated by Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Art in General, New York, NY



The Changing Same, Triple Candie, New York, NY

La Superette, Deitch Projects, NYC; Participant Inc., Brooklyn, NY

Off the Top, curated by Sid Sachs, Bill Maynes Gallery, NewYork, NY

Mark: Contemporary Drawings, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Portland Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME



Inside Out, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL



Fully Human, The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Domestic Culture: The Home in Visual Culture, curated by Mark Bessire, Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, ME



Deterritorialization of Process, curated by Michael Joo, Artists Space, New York, NY

In Its Own Way, curated by Joan Linder, Makor Gallery, New York, NY

7,840,800 CU FT, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, NY



Lesperance’s Hand-Knit Self Portrait, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY



Project Room, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA





Lossin, R.H. Ellen Lesperance's "Together we lie in ditches and in front of machines," art-agenda, November 10

Kopf, Suzy. “Seeking Out Imperfection with Ellen Lesperance,” Bmore Magazine, April 8

Buhe, Elizabeth. “Ellen Lesperance, Velvet Fist,” The Brooklyn Rail, March

Cascone, Sarah. “Here are 21 Highly Anticipated , Mind-Expanding Museum Exhibitions…,” Artnet, January 6



Porter, Jenelle. “Less is a Bore: Maximilist Art & Design,” The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston



Vogel, Wendy. “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, exhibition review, Mousse magazine, January

Lehman, Claire. “Ellen Lesperance at Derek Eller Gallery,” Artforum, December

Bravo, Arthur Ivan. “Ellen Lesperance at Derek Eller Gallery,” Artillery, November 6

Brock, Hovey. “Ellen Lesperance, Lily of the Arc Lights,” The Brooklyn Rail, October 15

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Ellen Lesperance at Derek Eller Gallery,” The New York Times, September 20

Fateman, Johanna. “Ellen Lesperance at Derek Eller Gallery,” The New Yorker, September 24



Cotter, Holland. “When it Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign,” exhibition review, The New York Times, September 28

Saltz, Jerry, “The New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ is Radical in content: Retrograde in FormL What Should we Make of That?," exhibition review, New York Magazine, October 23

Scott, Andrea K. “Makers Catalogue,” exhibition review, The New Yorker, August 4

“Ellen Lesperance: Congratulations and Celebrations”, portfolio feature, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol. 44, #6

Kabat, Jennifer. “Yearly Round-Up: Congratulations and Celebrations,” exhibition review, Frieze magazine, January

Kabat, Jennifer “Pattern Recognition,” Frieze, September

Vogel, Wendy. “W.I.T.C.H. Way,” Artforum, August 22



Rosenberg, Karen. “Knit, Purl, Protest: The Radical Feminist Stitchcraft of Ellen Lesperance," Artspace, January

Mizota, Sharon. “Review for Ellen Lesperance and Helen Mirra,” L.A. Times, June 27



Frank, Joey. “Ellen Lesperance,” Intercourse Magazine, Issue 4, Winter

Meyers, Ashley Stull. “Ellen Lesperance: We Were Singing, at Adams and Ollman," Daily Serving, September 29

Halpert, Juliana; “Common Thread,” Artforum, August 14



Taylor, Sue, “Ellen Lesperance, Portland, at Adams and Ollman,” Art in America, December

Dorfman, John. “Get in Line,” Art and Antiques, December

Rosenberg, Karen. “Thread Lines,” The New York Times, October 17

Romanow, Joanna Kleinberg. “Thread Lines,” Drawing Papers #118," The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Langner, Ellen . “PDX Road Trip,” New American Paintings, March 25, 2013

"Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing," Phaidon Press



Poostchi, Becky. “This Sweater’s Better,” Garage, Spring/Summer 2012



Fletcher, Harrell, Jens Hoffmann and Renaud Proch, “People’s Biennial: A Guide to America’s Most Amazing Artists," Independent Curators International


Grants, Awards, and Residencies



John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Fine Arts, New York, NY



Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, New York, NY 



Macdowell Colony Artist’s Residency, Peterborough, NH

Chiaro Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA 



Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

Djerassi Artists Residency, Bear Gulch, CA

Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR



Hallie Ford Foundation Fellow, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR



Betty Bowen Award, Seattle, WA

MacDowell Colony Artist-In-Residence, Interdisciplinary / Performance, Peterborough, NH



LEF Foundation Grant, New England Division, Boston, MA



Associate Artist, “First Contact: Photographers Explore the Florida Landscape,”

The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL



Faculty Development Grant, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Course Work, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME



Project Honorarium, Artists Space, New York, NY



Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant, Morristown, NJ



Artist-in-Residence, Studios Midwest, Galesburg, IL



Artist-in-Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA


Selected Public Collections


Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX

​Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

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

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Frye Museum, Seattle, WA

ICA Miami, Miami, FL

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY