Lives in Portland, OR. Working in England.
Project Description: Artist will travel to the Women’s Library at the British Library of Political and Economic Science in London to conduct research for her ongoing series of paintings and textiles rooted in the work of female activists. Lesperance is interested particularly in material from the Greenham Commons Women's Peace Camp in Berkshire, England-- the site of an all-woman, anti-nuke encampment from 1981–99. While in the UK she will also visit smaller archives and meet the women activists who lived at the camps.
Bio: Ellen Lesperance’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Seattle Art Museum, the Drawing Center, New York, and in the People's Biennial (traveling). Lesperance’s work is represented in the following public collections: the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Art and Design; the Portland Art Museum; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and at the Kadist Art Foundation. Lesperance has been honored with the northwest regional Betty Bowen Award, a Ford Family Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She received her MFA from Rutgers University in 1999 and has received residencies at the Skowhegan School; the MacDowell Colony; the Djerassi Foundation; and the Atlantic Center. Her work has been featured in AnOther, ArtUS, Art Monthly, Cura, GARAGE, Guernica, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Oregonian, and Tema Celeste.