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Born 1971 Minneapolis, MN

Lives and works in Portland, OR





Together we lie in ditches and in front of machines, Derek Eller Gallery, NY (forthcoming)

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

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





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



Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, NY (forthcoming)
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Selections from the Collection 1933-2018, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA



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, New

York, 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



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



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



​Baltimore Museum of Art 

Frye Museum 

ICA Miami 

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

Whitney Museum of American Art 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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