A Conversation with MaryAnn Deffenbaugh

  We sit down with MaryAnn Deffenbaugh upon her appointment as the new Executive Director at Converge 45. As Executive Director, Deffenbaugh will focus on cultural partnerships and development, raising the funds necessary to support additional cycles of three-year curatorial programming. As Converge 45 meets its goals, Deffenbaugh will continue the organization’s mission of catalyzing the region’s

Converge 45 Announces MaryAnn Deffenbaugh as Executive Director

Converge 45 is pleased to announce the appointment of MaryAnn Deffenbaugh as Executive Director, effective January 2, 2019. Deffenbaugh brings to this role an intimate knowledge of the Pacific Northwest arts ecology and many years of both commercial and nonprofit arts administration leadership. Converge 45 looks forward to the continued growth and long-term success of

Converge 45 Announces 2017 Exhibiting Artists and Venues

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

VIDEO: Converge 45 on Portland’s KGW

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Founder Elizabeth Leach and Curator Mack McFarland speak about Converge 45 on Portland, OR news station KGW! Watch the feature here. Visitors’ Weekend kicks off Friday, July 29th, and maps are available throughout Converge 45’s partnering venues.

INTERVIEW: Curatorial Committee’s Meagan Atiyeh

Longtime Portland based Curator and manager of the Oregon Arts Commission’s Percent Program, Meagan Atiyeh, is now a driving member of Converge 45 and Kristy Edmund’s Curatorial Committee. The following interview was conducted over email regarding Converge 45’s exhibition calendar, artists’ congress, and aims for the future. Can you speak to the impetus behind Converge45? How

Converge 45 and Elizabeth Leach at the Seattle Art Fair

ARTFORUM – August 8. 2015 Within its coverage of the Seattle Art Fair, Artforum favorably highlights the forthcoming Converge 45. Left: Dealer Elizabeth Leach. Right: Gagosian’s Graham Dalik, Andrea Pemberton, Deborah McLeod, and Candy Coleman. “Ann Hamilton photos and sculpture are highlights at the booth of Portland dealer Elizabeth Leach. The affable Leach starts spreading news about a

A Strolling Dinner in four parts

Converge 45: A Strolling Dinner in Four Parts Dinner and After Party, July 30, 2016 Date: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209 Times: Dinner 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm After Party 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Converge 45 is thrilled to be co-hosting a special Strolling Dinner on Saturday, July 30th, activated by four extraordinary

Converge45 Program Highlights

Converge 45 is pleased to announce the collaborating institutions for its inaugural 2016 season. The following arts spaces will play host to satellite exhibitions throughout July and August as the beginning of Artistic Director and Guest Curator Kristy Edmund’s conceptual think-tank, You in Mind: WK GALLERY, WIEDEN + KENNEDY 224 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97209 Visitors’ Weekend:

Converge45 Artists’ Congress

Converge 45 is pleased to announce the official roster of artists who will be serving in our inaugural season’s ARTISTS’ CONGRESS. Over twenty artists from across the US have been invited to participate in three days of candid conversation and proposition building preceding Converge 45’s rigorous calendar of public programs and exhibitions. 2016’s participating artists include: Lita

Converge 45 Newsletter

March 22, 2016 Dear friends, I want to update you on Converge 45 — a region-wide gathering for contemporary art and ideas launching July 29–31, 2016. Kristy Edmunds, the Inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator for Converge 45, has agreed to oversee two years of programming from 2016 to 2017. As the Executive & Artistic Director for the Center for the Art