Artscape (maintained since 1995) is a suite of community exhibition spaces, run year round, which includes: the Okanagan Regional Library – downtown Kelowna and Mission branches, the Kelowna Community Theatre, and Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus Library.

In 2016, Artscape expanded into three new venues: Okanagan Regional Library – Rutland Branch, and the Aubin and Associates – notary public office in Rutland. In 2017, Artscape added Interior Health – Downtown Offices and Kelowna Tickets.

Program Goals

    • enrich public spaces with artwork
    • provide accessible art viewing experiences
    • provide much-needed exhibition opportunities for local artists
    • showcase artwork in high traffic areas
    • publicize exhibitions to local media, website and social media
    • build exhibition resumes of local artists
    • foster and encourage the purchasing of local artwork
    • increase public awareness of artwork and artistic practices of local artists
    • present a variety of artwork in a variety of mediums
    • educate artists about professional exhibition practices

Curatorial / Jurying Criteria

  • Inclusion – Artscape is open to artists of all skill levels, ages, area of residence and recent exhibition history – for example, if an applicant has had the opportunity to show their work in the Central Okanagan recently, this will become a factor in the acceptance of their work
  • Excellence – work demonstrates a commitment to artistic exploration, risk-taking, and aesthetics
  • Variety – Artscape’s overall annual exhibition schedule presents a wide variety of mediums and artistic approaches
  • Professional Practice – applicants meet application requirements: artist statement, resume / CV, bio, good quality images, etc.

Venue Specific Exhibition Criteria:

Kelowna Community Theatre

    • emerging / established artists whose work demonstrate a high level of artistic excellence
    • solo exhibition opportunities
    • previous exhibition experience and/or formal training necessary

Okanagan Regional Library – Downtown Kelowna &
Okanagan College Kelowna Campus Library

    • emerging / established artists
    • group and/or solo exhibitions
    • moderate to high level of artistic excellence
    • previous exhibition experience and/or formal training encouraged

Okanagan Regional Library – Mission and Rutland Branches

    • amateur / emerging artists
    • group exhibitions preferred
    • moderate to low artistic excellence – more emphasis on creative expression and inclusion
    • no previous exhibition experience and/or formal training necessary



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