Public Art Collection
The University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Public Art Collection contains over 700 works of art including paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, carvings and outdoor installations by Canadian and international artists. These works educate and inspire, engage and stimulate, and enrich the campus experience for the university community, alumni, and our many visitors.
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.
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.
Dr. Stacey Koosel is an art historian and contemporary art curator who manages the Public Art Collection at UBCO. She has worked as the curator of the Kelowna Art Gallery, and as an independent curator who has collaborated with international artists and institutions. She has published books, articles and magazines about art, and has taught art history and curatorial studies courses in Estonia, Finland, Iceland and Canada.
Her current projects include researching and writing a collection management policy, to guide future acquisitions to the Public Art Collection. She is also working on the digital database for the collection, which will make the collection more accessible for everyone from researchers to art enthusiasts. She is passionate about contemporary art, and is currently researching UBCO’s Public Art Collection, and the vibrant artistic community in the Okanagan.
David Wilson Sookinakin
David Wilson Sookinakin is a member of the Okanagan Nation and the winner of the BC Achievement Awards in Aboriginal Art for 2012. Wilson’s work speaks of the identity and origins of the Okanagan. His work articulates traditional motifs in acrylic. Using vibrant colours with a quick-read graphic style, the paintings are clear and enlivened. Fresh in concept and design, the combinations of geometric and organic shapes create an energy that makes the paintings dance. Wilson uses imagery from ancient roots, transforming the wisdom of an earlier time into a brightened version. Wilson’s work connects to the spirits of the animals, the elements and seasons.
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.
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).