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.
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 (2016-21), 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 community. For eight years (2014-22), she was a core collaborating artist at KSMoCA, a contemporary art museum developed with students in a public elementary school in NE Portland, OR. Before that, she was a collaborating artist with the LA Urban Rangers (2011-2013), and Play the LA River (2013-15), 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. She and her collaborator Tia Kramer are the DeepTime Collective. Together, 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.