Join our mailing list




Converge 45’s 2017 dates are August 9-12, 2017.

Converge 45 is an annual multi-day event that showcases international, national, and regional contemporary art. Situated in and around Portland, Oregon, a dynamic and expanding center for art, design, and culture, Converge 45 is an opportunity for artists, collectors, curators, scholars, and the public to take part in the unprecedented collaboration of Portland’s leading arts institutions, galleries, and artist-run spaces.

In its inaugural year, Converge 45 offered a Visitors’ Weekend featuring dinners, exhibitions, conversations, performances, and other activities. Please see the schedule for detailed information.

Converge 45’s Inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator is Kristy Edmunds, currently Artistic and Executive Director for Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Edmunds’ curatorial vision of “You in Mind” will bring to the Northwest a unique mix of national and international artists, curators, collectors, and arts professionals.

Under Kristy Edmunds direction 2016 is a platform for manifesting large scale and public installations in 2017. The artists who are participating in the Artists’ Congress for the inaugural year of Converge 45 will be in conversation with the host institutions during their visit to review their projects for 2017.

Portland is a vibrant community in flux: at one point deeply rooted in unique values and at the other in the midst of a massive growth. Poised to create a value structure that transcends the already culturally rich diversity that has made Portland a destination spot for those seeking creative culture, Converge 45 is expanding the city’s reach to engage in new stories, expand relationships, and build progressive business partnerships.

The Curator

Converge 45 welcomes Kristy Edmunds as the inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator for 2016 and 2017.

The Artists’ Congress

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

2016 Art & Events

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

2017 Art & Events

Converge 45 2017 will feature large-scale projects and exhibitions conceptualized during the 2016 Converge 45 Artists' Congress.



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 depends on support from the local Portland community, state and national funding sources, and the generous giving of corporate partners and private individuals.

Consider becoming involved!


Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners who have contributed to Converge 45.