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-Bacc in Ceramics from Cal State Long Beach. She was raised in the California Inland Empire and rural Nevada County, and lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

Her work is rooted in craft-based process, research-based inquiry, and long-term collaboration, often resulting in artwork that exists outside of traditional gallery spaces. For five years (2016-2021), Evans was an artist-in-residence in an affordable housing complex in East Portland, where she collaborated with her neighbors to create The Living School of Art, an intergenerational art collective and alternative art school that centers the creative practices of their multilingual community. For eight years (2014 to 2022), she was a core collaborator at KSMoCA, a contemporary art museum developed with students in a public elementary school in NE Portland. Previously, she collaborated with the LA Urban Rangers (2011-2013), and Play the LA River (2013-2015), to explore 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. She and her collaborator Tia Kramer are the DeepTime Collective. They are developing When The River Becomes a Cloud (2022-2024), a collaborative public artwork generated through their long-term artist residency at Prescott School, a PreK-12th grade public school in rural Eastern Washington.


︎ Instagram:@amandaleighevans

︎CV: [click to view CV]

︎ PROJECT CONSULTING: Are you an artist or institution working on a socially-engaged project or proposal? [view project consulting and mentorship]

︎ TEACHING PORTFOLIO: I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ceramics, social practice, sculpture, digital tools, foundations, thesis and professional practices. [view teaching portfolio]

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