Kristy Edmunds

Curator Announced for Portland’s First CONVERGE45 Art Festival

CONVERGE45, a city-wide program of contemporary art events planned for Portland in 2016, now has a curator: Kristy Edmunds, who founded and ran Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. “We needed a special curator,” said CONVERGE45 co-founder Elizabeth Leach, who runs a gallery in the city’s Pearl District, reports April Baer for OPB.

After serving at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Edmunds later left to direct the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia, and has also worked as a consultant for the New York Park Avenue Armory, and as director of the Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Addressing the theme, “You In Mind,” Edmunds plans to “encourage artists to explore things made without regard to sales or web hits or name recognition,” according to Baer.

Said Edmunds, “Right now, what Portland does and what Portland has offered … matters immensely … because almost everything that we can imagine, someone is trying to extract wealth from.”

And organizers seem optimistic enough about the festival’s future: Nike has been recruited as a sponsor, and curator Cris Moss, director of the University of Oregon’s White Box space, has already been named curator for its 2017 edition.