The public art collection stimulates discussion, provides learning opportunities, and enriches campus life.

UBC Okanagan Art Gallery’s mandate includes a long-term vision for the campus’s community engagement strategy, to support the development of a core academic teaching and research program within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

The gallery provides professional learning opportunities for students in the arts, attracts national and international professional artists to the Okanagan, and supports campus development and alumni engagement efforts. We are working to establish a visible, highly interactive opportunity for sustained community engagement in the heart of the Kelowna downtown’s “cultural district.”

Artworks from UBCO’s Public Art Collection can be seen throughout the Kelowna and Vancouver campuses, as well as other regional public institutions as part of our exhibitions programs. These works educate and inspire, engage and stimulate, and enrich the campus experience for the university community, alumni, and our many visitors.

Arts Education & Research

We seek to bring together the larger public, not just our own students, faculty and staff — but to become a fertile hub for interesting actors and ideas to create engaging projects that are relevant to the larger public. We foster professional arts education and research which can be shared with both national and international audiences and educational and artistic networks, and engage the public on both local and global social issues through creative and research-based practices.

Art Collection Online Database

With a focus on Canadian contemporary art and the Okanagan’s emerging local artists, the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Public Art collection holds one of the largest public art collections in the region.

VIEW THE COLLECTION

Story Poles

Outdoor Art Collection

Our outdoor art collection engages the public and showcases our art collection. These outdoor artworks tell the story of the relationship between UBC and the Okanagan, and are part of our commitment to bring art into everyday life.

Outdoor Art Collection

Artist Spotlight

  • AJ Jaeger, Wanderlust

    aj Jaeger, Wanderlust, 2016. Installed in the Lower Commons on the UBC Okanagan campus.

  • Connor Charlesworth, Behind the Curtain

    Connor Charlesworth, Behind the Curtain, 2015. Oil and ink on paper, mounted on wood.

  • Scott Bertram, Untitled (landscape diptych), 2007. Acrylic on canvas.

Acknowledgements

The Public Art Collection is located on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, which is situated on traditional, ancestral and unceded Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory.

The Public Art Collection gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our generous donors who have helped us build this important collection.

Submissions

The collection strategy of the Public Art Collection is to preserve, display and research contemporary and historical artworks. Our collection is diverse, and contains both international and local artworks, from emerging and established artists.

You are welcome to send proposals for artwork donations to the curator. Proposals are reviewed on a semi-annual basis by the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC).