The Art Centre
Retreat. research. residence.
The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre
is a year-round, sustainable, art-in-nature destination dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual arts.
Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and Sculpture Park is a publicly accessible non-profit arts centre that focuses on lectures, symposia, workshops, programs, and exhibitions of local and international contemporary art.
As Katie Ohe likes to put it, the focus of the Centre will be on “the three R’s” – Retreat, Research and Residence. The KOAC concept comprises an art gallery, studio spaces for emerging artists, a research library and a vast collection of artwork amassed over more than six decades, all surrounded by a botanic sculpture park in a rehabilitated wetlands and a woods sanctuary.
Some of the different buildings in the Art Centre include the founders’ home residence, a modern structure that will be transformed into an interpretive gallery, workshop area and library research centre. The existing studios, where Katie and Harry currently practice, will be shared with emerging artists to provide multiple studio spaces. The Centre’s future pavilion will house the KOAC collection and programming and other art exhibitions.
The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre was founded by Harry Kiyooka and Katie Ohe in 2007.
Vision and Mission
The KOAC is dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual arts.
Programming and Exhibition Space
A 4,500 square foot environmentally sustainable structure designed for exhibiting the KOAC collection while providing striking views of the Canadian Rockies.
Emerging Artists, Youth Collage, Tours and More.
Solidarity with Emerging Artists and exposing children to art at an early age are two central tenets of KOAC’s mission.