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Converge 45 is coming August 9-12, 2017

Converge 45 presents its second year of programming under the direction of Inaugural Guest Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Edmunds’ curatorial framework for Converge 45: YOU IN MIND, brings artists, curators, collectors, and the general public to the Northwest with the goal of engaging in critical conversations.

25 artists from California, New York, Oregon, and Ohio have been invited to present new and existing works throughout eight venues and the public realm, each responding to Edmunds’ framework of “YOU IN MIND.” With this direction, Edmunds has engaged artists who amplify the voice of others, care for the creative commons, and projects that exist without constraints of a market center. Exhibitions have been shaped by local curators in partnership with the artists and Guest Artistic Director. Many of the participating artists have been in conversation with the project since a three-day Artist Congress was held in Portland in 2016

2017’s participating artists include Lita Albuquerque and Robbie C. Williamson, Laurie Anderson, Drew Cameron, Demian DinéYazhi’/R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, Chris Doyle, Brian Droitcour with home school (Victoria Anne Reis + manuel arturo abreu), Tannaz Farsi, KSMoCA, MK Guth, Ann Hamilton, Stephen Hayes, Jessie Henson, Jim Hodges, David Horvitz, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Chris Johanson, James Lavadour, Ellen Lesperance, Catherine Opie, Claire Pentecost, Yassi Mazandi, MSHR, Jennifer Steinkamp, Storm Tharp, and Sharita Towne.

A special four days of extensive programming will be held August 9–12 to view exhibitions and installations, attend lectures and special events, with participating artists and Kristy Edmunds.

Converge 45 thanks its 2017 sponsors. Contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

YOU IN MIND 2016 Year One

Converge 45 launched in July 2016 with a Visitors' Weekend in Portland preceded by a three-day Artists' Congress and followed by ongoing exhibitions.

2016 Artists’ Congress

Converge 45's 2016 Artists' Congress brings together locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists, writers, and thinkers in Portland, Oregon.



A dynamic community of Portland arts organizations, galleries, artists, art professionals, and community business partners has joined together to realize the vision of Converge 45, an annual event of arts and ideas located in Portland, OR and engaged with national and international conversations on contemporary art.


Converge 45 provides a stimulating environment for artists, collectors, and scholars, as well as opportunities for the public to discover the vibrant range of art being produced today.

Who We Are

Converge 45 is founded by a coalition of arts professionals and business leaders in Portland, Oregon, who are committed to the region's unique creative community and to engagement with critical issues in contemporary arts.


Converge 45

Converge 45 depends on support from the local, state, and national funding sources as well as the generous sponsorship of corporate partners and private individuals. Please join us!

We are thrilled to announce that we received a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor in support of Converge 45. Please consider making a gift today to help us reach our goal!

Email for information on sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.

Converge 45 is a 501(c)3 non-profit. EIN: 47-3635380 (Camp45 Contemporary DBA Converge 45)