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 the organization with Deffenbaugh at the helm.

Deffenbaugh will lead the organization into its second, three-year season of curatorial programming with Artistic Director Lisa Dent (2019-2021). Dent’s curatorial platform, “Facing Between Centers”, suggests a state of intersectionality and will highlight artists who explore issues of authorship, labor and globalization. Lisa Dent will speak about her curatorial practice at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.

The success of Converge 45’s inaugural three years has been built under the leadership of guest Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds (current Artistic and Executive Director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA); and her 2018 programming saw a record attendance of over 4,000 visitors to Ann Hamilton’s installation “habitus” on the Portland waterfront.

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 contemporary arts through exhibitions, conversations and events.


MaryAnn Deffenbaugh is an independent curator and art consultant residing in Portland, Oregon. Deffenbaugh’s involvement in the city’s art and culture scene has been extensive. She successfully ran the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in the Pearl for 20 years, served as the Portland Arts Dealers Association President, was active on the Board of the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum and was a founding board member for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). Previous to Converge 45, she served as Development Director and then Director of Public Programs at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). Deffenbaugh has supported Oregon’s ecology of arts organizations through volunteer work efforts such as Portland Art Focus, the Creative Advocacy Network and The Ford Family Foundation’s Arts Acquisition Panel.