Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Ellen Lesperance

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Portland, OR
MacDowell fellowships: 2010, 2017

Ellen Lesperance’s gouache paintings on paper can be followed as patterns to recreate historic knit garments, most frequently worn by women involved in Direct Action protests. She is working on her upcoming exhibit with Derek Eller Gallery (September 2020). Her paintings and textiles are included in multiple museum collections including: the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne.



Ellen Lesperance worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The small building was originally entered on the…

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