Amanda Leigh Evans (b. 1989) is an artist, craftsperson, educator, and cultivator seeking a deeper understanding of our social and ecological interdependence. She makes ceramic objects, gardens, books, websites, videos, sculptures, and long-term collaborative systems. Evans holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University and a Post-Bac in Ceramics from Cal State Long Beach. She was raised in the Inland Empire and in rural Nevada County, CA, and lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

Evans’ work is rooted in crafts-based process, research-based inquiry and long-term collaboration, often resulting in artwork that lives outside the gallery. For five years (2016 to 2021), Evans lived and worked as an artist-in-residence in a 120-unit affordable housing apartment complex in East Portland, OR. There, in collaboration with her neighbors, she cultivated The Living School of Art, an intergenerational art collective and alternative art school centering the creative practices of their multilingual neighbor community. For eight years (2014 to 2022), she was a core collaborating artist at KSMoCA, a contemporary art museum run by kids in a public elementary school in NE Portland, OR. Before that, she was a collaborating artist with the LA Urban Rangers (2011-2013), and then Play the LA River (2013-2015), both engaging the history and ecology of the LA River.

Currently, Evans is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching ceramics and social practice at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA (view teaching portfolio). She and her collaborator Tia Kramer are developing When The River Becomes a Cloud (2022-2024), a collaborative public artwork generated through their long-term artist residency at Prescott School (PreK-12th grade) in rural Eastern Washington. 


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PROJECT CONSULTING Are you an artist or institution working on a socially-engaged project or proposal? I am available for project consulting and mentorship.

TEACHING PORTFOLIO Undergraduate and Graduate courses in ceramics, social practice, sculpture, digital tools, foundations, thesis and professional practices. Click here to view teaching portfolio.

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