The permanent collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery is one of the cornerstones of the institution. As of January, 2017, the collection has 881 pieces. All these works are held in trust by the City of Kelowna for its citizens. The majority of pieces in the collection are by contemporary Canadian artists, with a small number of historical Canadian pieces. Most works came to us as gifts, but there has been some modest purchasing, assisted by donations of monies from community members and grants. The Board of Directors makes decisions on new works for the collection, based on recommendations by the Acquisitions Committee. The Gallery has the goal of organizing an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection every few years. In 2017 we are putting together an exhibition of fifteen selected works from the collection titled The Big Picture (April 29 to June 25, 2017).
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The Objects button can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Objects, click the Objects button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.
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