Current Exhibition

Honky Tonk Chapel

Exhibition dates: May 10 to August 22, 2024, FINA Gallery
Opening reception: June 5, 2024, 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition features the work of noted artist Kevin McKenzie. Kevin McKenzie will be featured as a keynote speaker at the Indigenous Art Intensive, and is also the UBC Okanagan Gallery’s 2024 exhibiting Artist in Residence.

Honky Tonk Chapel

Exhibition Archive

Hummingbird Spirits: Strength and Resilience

February 29 to April 22, 2024, RCA

Based on the Hummingbird Spirits printmaking initiative originated by UBC Okanagan Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in Visual Arts Tania Willard, Hummingbird Spirits: Strength and Resilience explores a vast catalog of linocut prints all featuring a hummingbird motif. Each original linocut print was produced during the previous two year annual run of the ongoing Hummingbird Spirits project.

Hummingbird Spirits


Second Nature Install shot

Second Nature

December 15, 2023 to January 24, 2024

Second Nature features a selection of works from Okanagan based artists Csetkwe Fortier (Syilx/Secwépemc) and David Doody in addition to works from UBC Okanagan’s Public Art Collection by Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaw), Judy Gouin and Judith Schwarz. Curated by Ryan Trafananko and Tania Willard, UBC Okanagan Gallery’s newly appointed director, Second Nature explores how the complex visual patterns of the natural world are referenced in contemporary art and cultural identities.



Invisible Forces

June 7 to Aug. 24, 2023, FINA Gallery

Invisible Forces features the work of Krystle Silverfox and Tiffany Shaw, the UBC Okanagan Gallery’s 2023 Artists in Residence in collaboration with the Indigenous Art Intensive.

Invisible Forces guide us through our lives, through ethereal worlds, symbolism, dimensions and the passages of time. The unseen is often more powerful than the seen, the unknown holds more power than the known when we activate our senses. These Invisible forces can help us navigate this earthly, corporeal existence of strained relationships between bodies and lands.

Invisible Forces


You are on Syilx Territory

June 7 to Sept. 27, 2023, CCS

You are on Syilx Territory  features recent acquisitions from UBC Okanagan’s Public Art Collection by Sheldon Louis, Coralee Miller, David Wilson and Manuel Axel Strain. This exhibition is presented as part of the Indigenous Art Intensive, organized by the UBC Okanagan Gallery, and curated by Dr. Stacey Koosel.

You are on Syilx Territory 


Do I Know You

Do I Know You? Alumni Exhibition

Sept. 19 to 29, 2022, FINA Gallery

Do I Know You?, an exhibition in the FINA Gallery featured fine arts alumni from the Public Art Collection at UBC Okanagan. This exhibition is hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) in collaboration with UBC Okanagan Gallery, and alumni UBC as part of Homecoming 2022 at UBC Okanagan.

Do I Know You?


puti kʷu alaʔ by Manuel Axel Strain

June 3 to 10, 2022, FINA Gallery

Manuel Axel Strain was the UBC Okanagan Gallery’s 2022 Artist in Residence in collaboration with the Indigenous Art Intensive and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. As part of the residency Strain exhibited new artworks in the FINA Gallery and the Alternator, hosted an artist talk as part of the Indigenous Art Intensive, and gave a public performance.

puti kʷu alaʔ


Ramble On cover

Ramble On, Works from the UBC Okanagan Public Art Collection

Jan. 13 to Mar. 9, 2022, Vernon Public Art Gallery

Ramble On is a group exhibition of artworks from UBC Okanagan Gallery’s Public Art Collection, a rambling tour, which introduces some of our newest acquisitions including works by Judith Schwarz, Sheldon Louis, Tania Willard and Neil Cadger. The exhibition at Vernon Public Art Gallery presents a variety of artistic mediums – sculptures, paintings, prints and video artworks by a diverse roster of artists – alumni, faculty, local, Indigenous, international, figurative, abstract, emerging and established.

Ramble On


Lossy: How to Save File for Future Transmission, Whess Harman

June 11 to Sept. 10, 2021, FINA Gallery

Whess Harman was the Artist in Residence for the UBC Okanagan Art Gallery from May 28 to June 12, and during this time created the work for the exhibition Lossy: How to Save File for Future Transmission. Whess Harman’s Potlatch Punk series showcases their multidisciplinary practice including beading, illustration, text and poetry using denim and motorcycle jackets as mediums of communication. Their ongoing Potlatch Punk series explores broader themes of homage, memory, identity and more specifically celebrates Indigenous identity, resistance, visibility, and interrogations of wealth.

Lossy: How to Save File for Future Transmission