Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1971

Lives and works in Portland, Oregon

Best known for her painted and mixed media works which have exhibited broadly, Ellen Lesperance references the feminist body through the visual language of historic garments worn by women in protest.


On the occasion of Converge 45, Lesperance will publish Peace Camps, a novel partially set in the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in Berkshire, England. The exhibition will feature the book, published by Container Corps with illustrations by Jeffry Mitchell, and archival photographs, source materials, and other texts linked to the all-woman, direct-action, anti-nuclear- proliferation occupation established outside the Greenham Common Royal Air Force base from 1982 until 2000. The exhibition is fittingly sited at the Portland Art Museum’s Crumpacker Family Library. Lesperance is represented locally by Adams and Ollman, Portland.  

Organized by Portland Art Museum and curated by Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.