Born 1971 Minneapolis, MN

Lives and works in Portland, OR

 

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

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

 

2017

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

 

2016

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

 

2015

We Were Singing, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR

 

2014

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

 

2013

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

 

2011

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

 

2010

Ellen Lesperance, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

 

2005

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

 

2002

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

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

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

 

2017

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 

 

2016

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

 

2015

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

 

2014

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

 

2013

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, www.artplus.com

 

2012

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

 

2011

Body Gesture, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

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

 

2010-12

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

 

2010

Performance Forever, Façade/Fasad Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2008

The Gathering, Drawing Room, Portland, ME

 

2007

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

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

 

2006-7

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

Lewiston, ME

 

2006

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

 

2005

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

 

2004

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

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

 

2003

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, New

York, NY

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

Portland Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

 

2002

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

 

2001

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

 

2000

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

 

1999

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

 

1996

Project Room, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

 

EDUCATION

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

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2017 Macdowell Colony Artist’s Residency, Peterborough, NH

2014 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

Djerassi Artists Residency, Bear Gulch, CA

Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR

2012 Hallie Ford Foundation Fellow, The Ford Family Foundation, Roseburg, OR

2010 Betty Bowen Award, Seattle, WA

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

2005 LEF Foundation Grant, New England Division, Boston, MA

2003 Associate Artist, “First Contact: Photographers Explore the Florida Landscape,”

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

2001 Faculty Development Grant, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

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

2000 Project Honorarium, Artists Space, New York, NY

1999 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant, Morristown, NJ

1998 Artist-in-Residence, Studios Midwest, Galesburg, IL

1996 Artist-in-Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA