Converge 45 seeks to make Oregon visual arts institutions and artists more visible and accessible to local and (inter)national audiences through collaborations united by a strong curatorial framework. Converge 45 is a producer of significant new exhibitions, a convener of leading practitioners, a presenter of collateral exhibitions, and a promoter for the broader ecology of creative spaces and practices in the Pacific Northwest region.
The 2016, 2017, and 2018 years of Converge 45 are guided by Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds’ intellectual framework and theme of YOU IN MIND. The underlying ideas Edmunds expresses through this theme are two-fold: 1. A focus on the artist, their needs and values in creative practice and the art market, and Oregon’s unique values in that regard and, 2. Artistic practices that have a “public” in mind.