With your help, we raised $82,285!!

Situated in Springbank, Rocky View County, Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre hosted a Memorial Fundraiser on September 17, 2022 , to celebrate the life and works of the late Harry Kiyooka, KOAC co-founder.  With the warmth of a late summer’s evening and vistas of the mountains, friends and supporters of KOAC enjoyed an evening of art-in-nature.  With a rare glimpse into Harry’s personal studiotours of KOAC’s prestigious collection of outdoor sculptures, and a silent auction hosting a list of contemporary artists, one felt the sanctuary and rejuvenation that nature provides. These funds will be used for KOAC’s Artist Residency program, public tours, workshops, and environmental stewardship of 8 hectares (20-acres) of natural woodlands and grasslands.  As Katie Ohe, sculptor and co-founder stated ‘the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre is very much about giving back and moving forward with the inspiration of art’.

A special acknowledgment to Deborah Herringer Kiss for curating an amazing silent auction and for graciously officiating the auction, along with husband Joe and son Willem. To Levis Fine Art Auctions, who hosted our online auction, thank you for going above and beyond by donating all proceeds back to KOAC.  To Katie Ohe for her generous donation of artworks to showcase in both auctions, and to the Kiyooka family for being a part of the celebration… we say thank you!

We extend our deepest gratitude to the following artists and galleries for their generous donations of artwork, time and support, making the evening the special event that it was: Fiona Ackerman / Ashleigh Bartlett / Alex Caldwell / Chris Cran / Paul deGroot / Kathryn Dobbin / John Eisler / Joe Fleming / Gus Guerin / John Hall / Tia Halliday / Mark Hampson / Geoffrey Hunter / Harry Kiyooka / Sabine LeCorre-Moore / Patricia Lortie / Margaret May / Walter May / Nate McLeod / Marion Nicoll / Katie Ohe / Darija Radakovic / William Ronald / James Ziegler / Contemporary Calgary / Loch Gallery / Newzones Gallery / Paul Kuhn Gallery / Trepanier Baer Gallery / Wallace Galleries.

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We collect and preserve our heritage of modern contemporary sculpture art – from monumental-scale to site-specific earthworks.

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Located in Springbank, Alberta, the KOAC is poised to become one of Canada’s leading cultural art centres and sculpture parks. Dedicated to the preservation of the surrounding environment, KOAC aims to be a fully self-sufficient contemporary arts facility that focuses on the enrichment of Calgary’s cultural identity and Springbank’s community pride. 

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Thanks to everyone who has supported and keeps supporting KOAC. 

We wouldn’t be here without you.

“The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Center has heart and soul and it comes from the two iconic founders. Katie Ohe and Harry Kiyooka are Calgary Arts royalty who have taught, mentored, curated, wrote, painted and sculpted Calgary’s contemporary art scene. Meeting them is an honour and a memory to be treasured.”

Deborah Herringer

Director, Herringer Kiss Gallery

“My wish is for KOAC to accomplish everything they set out to do for the future of Calgary & culture. Katie and Harry have all the knowledge necessary to provide a home for excellent examples of art.”

Doug MacLean

Founder, Canadian Art Galleries

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