Who We Are
As a university gallery, managed and located within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the UBC Okanagan Gallery is committed to a research mandate realized through: research-creation, exhibitions, performance, publications, permanent collection and acquisitions, curatorial studies and community-engaged programs, in the field of creative and critical studies.
The University of British Columbia Okanagan Gallery was formed as an umbrella institution to manage the FINA Gallery, Public Art Collection and the new downtown gallery space (opening in 2024).
FINA Gallery History
FINA Gallery was founded in 2001 as the Okanagan University College’s art gallery. In 2005 when Okanagan University College became the University of British Columbia, the FINA Gallery was relocated to its current location on the Okanagan campus.
The Gallery did not have a permanent collection until 2019, when the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies took over the management and administration of the Public Art Collection.
Dr. Stacey Koosel (she/her) is of Indigenous (Métis) and European heritage, and works as the Curator of UBC Okanagan Art Gallery.
Besides the management of the Public Art Collection, she is also the Curator of UBC Okanagan Art Gallery and is project leading the development of our new downtown gallery.
She lectures on art history and curation studies in the the Art History and Visual Culture program at UBCO, and is passionate about art history and contemporary art, with a focus on decolonisation practices, Indigenous art and art publishing.
Future Downtown Gallery
UBC Okanagan’s long-term vision includes more direct partnership with the communities of our region. To support that ambition and accommodate significant growth in programs and enrolment, we’re adding space over the next decade and building a gallery space in the new UBC building in downtown Kelowna.
About the project: UBC Okanagan in the community
In partnership with UBC Properties Trust, UBC is planning a new building at 550 Doyle Avenue. Once design and approvals are in place, construction is expected to begin in mid 2022.
An expanded downtown Kelowna presence will support both UBC’s and the City of Kelowna’s strategic priorities, including UBC Okanagan’s Outlook 2040 vision for the next 20 years.