UBC Okanagan Gallery’s goal is to exhibit, research, preserve and promote creative practices with a focus on equity, diversity, decolonial and intersectional practices.

The UBC Okanagan Gallery has organized and hosted a variety of exhibitions over the years, from students, faculty and professional artists. As well as individual, group exhibitions and artist residencies hosted in the FINA Gallery, we have co-hosted many professional exhibition series and arts events in the past with plans to continue in the future of the gallery.

Highlights of artists in residence held in the FINA Gallery include Alex Janvier and James Luna who in 2017 were senior Indigenous artists in residence. Other leading contemporary Indigenous artists and curators such as Rebeca Belmore, Adriam Stimson, Lori Blondeau, Candice Hopkins and Maria Hupfield. Artists have used the FINA gallery as a working studio, where talks were given and visitors from the public were given the opportunity to meet with the artists in their gallery/studio space.

Past Exhibitions

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