The FINA Gallery has hosted a variety of exhibitions over the years, from students, faculty and professional artists. As well as individual, group exhibitions and artist residencies the FINA Gallery has hosted and 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 at 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.
Lossy: How to Save File for Future Transmission, Whess Harman. June 11 to Sept. 10, 2021 FINA Gallery
Whess Harman will be the Artist in Residence for the UBC Okanagan Art Gallery from May 28 to June 12, and during this time will create the work for the exhibition Lossy: How to Save File for Future Transmission.
The Earth is my Elder, Krista Arias. May 12 to 24, 2021 FINA Gallery
Curated by Toby Lawrence
The Earth is my Elder is centred around the film, poetry and installation-based work of artist, poet and earth alchemist Krista Arias. Her work explores the complexities of reconnecting, as a woman and mother, to ancestral homelands, while living as an uninvited guest in Indigenous territories in the USA and Canada.
Skin Hunger, FINA Gallery, March 4 to 29, 2021
Students in an upper year Art History & Visual Culture courses worked together to curate an exhibition of Bachelor of Fine Arts students, Masters students, and faculty members, displaying works focusing on the theme of our need for touch and the impact that social distancing is having on our “Skin Hunger”.
This exhibition was a project for a curating course lead by Stacey Koosel.
Indigenous Art Intensive
The Indigenous Art Intensive — led by Indigenous faculty, Tania Willard, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts — is a month-long residency that gathers artists, curators, writers and scholars from all over the world to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse rooted in Indigenous art-making. UBC Okanagan’s Summer Indigenous Art Intensive offers an educational series of courses, lectures, art exhibitions, and opportunities to create art. It features a series of world-renowned speakers, and a group of resident artists who create new bodies of work.