Penticton Art Gallery

The Penticton Art Gallery traces its foundation back to the 1950s and has served the citizens of Penticton in a number of locations before moving into its current purpose built facility on the shores of Lake Okanagan in 1985. The Penticton Art Gallery’s mandate is to develop an annual series of exhibitions along with public programs, a reference library and a permanent collection designed to bring the citizens of Penticton, the surrounding region and visitors to our community in contact with contemporary and historic art that is associated with the region and province while also introducing art and artists from across the country, First Nations communities and other nations and cultures.

View of the Penticton Art Gallery Our Impact Why We Exist

Mandate: The Penticton Art Gallery fosters enjoyment of, and interest in, the visual arts by researching, developing and producing an annual series of exhibitions, publications educational programs, and the largest visual arts reference library in the south Okanagan, all designed to engage, challenge and inform its various audiences. The Gallery also oversees the development and preservation of a permanent collection that includes regional, national and international art in all media, including the work of First Nations communities.

Habits by Janice TantonOur Story What We Do

The Penticton Art Gallery is the largest public art gallery serving the citizens of the South Okanagan. Each year we curate 18 exhibitions showcasing contemporary and historical visual art from local, national and international artists.

Criteria for selecting the annual series of exhibitions includes:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Diversity of aesthetic traditions
  • Attention to cultural diversity and the work of First Nations artists
  • Engagement with issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities

In addition to the annual exhibition program, the gallery is committed to building its education resources through the ongoing development of its reference library, the second largest in the Okanagan outside of UBC Okanagan, along our continued development of a permanent art collection, which the society holds in trust for the present and future citizens of the City of Penticton and the South Okanagan.

These goals are further supported by the ongoing development of a series of educational programs including:

  • Creative Kids Summer Art Program
  • Young @ Art After School Program
  • Topics & Tea Lecture Series
  • The Kitchen Stove Film Series
  • Artist Talks
  • arTTalks Continuing Education Programming (University quality lecture series)
  • adult art classes such as Painting & Pinots
  • continued development of the largest publically accessible print making studio in the Okanagan

Creative Kids Our Programs How We Do It

The Penticton Art Gallery has and continues to serve the citizens of the south of the Okanagan by providing an annual schedule of professionally curated exhibitions accompanied by a wide range of public programs and opportunities designed to engage all aspects of our community be they young, old, emerging or professional artists. The annual exhibition program is designed to be proactive providing a certain amount of fluidity to take on issues that are affecting our community concurrently allowing contemporary artists the opportunity to respond to issues that are directly affecting our community. 

2017 Exhibition Program Highlights:

  • January 20 – March 12   RE:Claiming the Taken ~ National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program (NAPAT) Graduating Students & En'Owkin centre Faculty and Alumni
  • March 17 – May 14   #GRASSLAND  Article in Canadian Art Magazine
  • May 19 – June 11    Reflections: Annual High School Exhibition ~ Featuring: Penticton Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary, Summerland Secondary
  • July 7 – September 17   INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON CANADA 150 ~ Jim Logan: A Requiem for Our Children; Anamnesis: Joseph M. Sanchez, Janice Tanton; Jerry Whitehead and the students from Sen'Pok'Chin Elementary with archived works from the Inkameep Day School; Velvet Indians
  • September 13 - September 17    The Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monestary
  • September 22 - November 5    The Art of Healing: Annual Mental Health Exhibition
  • November 24 - January 14, 2018    Annual Under $500 Exhibition and Sale

PAG FundraiserWhat You Can Do

There are many easy ways to support the Penticton Art Gallery!

  • Visit one of our exhibitions
  • Browse and shop in our Gift Gallery, showcasing  local and regional artists
  • Attend one of our six annual openings and numerous artist talks
  • Taking an adult or family workshop
  • Enroll your kids in our after school program and our Creative Kids Summer Art Camp
  • Attend one of our many annual fundraisers, such as the Art Auction or the greatly loved Soup Bowls Project
  • Attend our Topics and Tea lecture series, our arTTalks Continuing Education programming, the First Fridays open mic or any of our other community programs
  • Become a gallery member
  • Volunteer at our front desk or at special events

Furthermore we are always looking for donations of historically important artworks to the permanent collection and reference materials to our reference library, both of which will be held in trust for the benefit of the citizens of Penticton and the South Okanagan.We also hope that you might consider making a financial donation to the gallery, such as through our endowment fund.More information on how you can donate please visit the following site: you would like more information on how you can get involved in the gallery or if you have any questions concerning the gallery and our programs please contact the Director/Curator, Paul Crawford at: (250) 493-2928 or by e-mail at:


Paul Crawford
Charitable Number: 118790419RR0001

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