Current Exhibition

Remediating Curtis

Stephen Foster

August 4 – September 16

Opens August 4 at 7:00 pm

At the turn of the last century, Edward Curtis travelled the North American continent taking photos of the disappearing lifestyle of indigenous cultures. While his photographs brought awareness to the settler community of this immense cultural loss, Curtis often staged his photos and portrayed his subjects in a culturally-inaccurate manner. Artist Stephen Foster, of mixed Haida and European heritage, used Curtis’ exaggerated body of work as a starting point to examine the colonial legacy entrenched in mass-media and North American popular culture. Foster has created an installation using video, sound and digital photo-montage to explore this topic.

Poetry Reading – Jordan Abel

To coincide with this exhibition, we will host a reading by noted Nisga’a  poet, Jordan Abel.  Abel’s latest book, Injun (Talonbooks, 2016) is a long poem composed of text from western novels published between 1840 and 1950. Abel found his text by searching the novels for the word “Injun” and reassembled and reconstructed the results into poetry. Among his many accomplishments, Abel recently won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for Injun. We are proud to say that Jordan currently resides in Robson with his wife Chelsea Novak.
Due to his recent success, Abel is not available for the opening of the exhibition as previously announced. Abel will read August 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kootenay Gallery. This event is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Current Exhibition

Class Act: Digital Arts & New Media Students

August 4 – September 16

Opening August 4 at 7 pm

The year-end show of the Digital Arts & New Media Program at Selkirk College featured exciting new work by students. The exhibition will feature selected digital 2-D images and a 3-d projection. While the world of digital technology may be foreign to some of you, these students are exploring the medium with passion.

Save the date

Annual General Meeting

September 13 at 7:00 pm

Kootenay Gallery of Art, 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar

Watch for more details about this event.

Workshop for Artists

What the $%*# do they want? Creating Successful Exhibition Proposals

October 21  9:30 am – 2:30 pm (bring lunch)

With author/artist Susan Andrews Grace and artist/curator Maggie Shirley

In this free workshop, Susan and Maggie will help artists better appreciate what to put into an application for an exhibition and where is the best place to show their work.

Topics covered will include writing artist statements, what to put in to your portfolio (and what to leave out) and more. This will be a participative workshop so be prepared to analyze, comment and write.
To register, send an email to kootenaygallery@telus.net by September 29.
Please include an sample of an exhibition proposal with 5 photos maximum.
If you don’t have a current  proposal, please register anyway.

Thank you to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for sponsorship.

The Gallery Lounge

We are continuing our conversation series called ‘The Gallery Lounge’ which features stories and interviews with our Board Directors, staff and volunteers. We are so lucky to have a group of visionary and committed people helping us govern and lead the work of the Gallery. This month we are showcasing our board Secretary, Linda Miller so you can get to know her better and understand the work she is involved with at the Gallery.  Read it here.

Past Interviews

Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff

Valentine Field

Denise Chernoff

Beth Hickey

Maggie Shirley.


We accept exhibition proposals by professional artists and curators who create critically engaging work. Read the Submission Procedures here.

If you are an artist or craftsperson who wants to sell your work in our Gift Shop, read about it on our Gift Shop page.

2017 Exhibition Schedule

The new exhibition schedule has been set and is available here.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.