The KMA explores current issues, events, and ideas through its temporary and permanent display galleries, bringing relevant exhibitions to Kamloopsians.

Current Projects

Ted Smith: Ideal Forms

This exhibition explores the life and work of the late Kamloops painter and marks a donation of his materials to the Kamloops Museum & Archives.

Smith began art school in his late twenties and spent his career investigating abstraction through painterly depictions of the Kamloops landscape. The paintings, photos, and artifacts in Ideal Forms emphasize Smith’s interest in the natural physical features of the region and his commitment to the pure properties of paint. In continuation of a 2014 retrospective of the artist by the Kamloops Art Gallery, this exhibition brings forward correspondence and biographical information about the artist and presents both complete and unfinished works to cast light on his iterative approach to composing in paint.

Ideal Forms will include the following opportunities to participate and learn:

Talking about Ted: Five Stories About a Local Artist
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm

Ideal Forms: Christmas Tree Ornament
Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 2:30–3:30 pm

Ted Smith: Ripped Paper Landscapes
Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 1:00–2:00 pm

An Artist’s Archive
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm


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riverpeoplenationstatepeople is a set of displays, revisions, questions, and responses for attaching Kamloops' cultural history to an ongoing process of self-evaluation.

Starting with stories of the first people of this region told through the voices of Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park and Stk'emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation and Secwépemc guest curator Tania Willard, a record of Secwépemc experience and cultural production has been placed at the centre of the KMA's permanent exhibition of regional history. This display is now being complemented by a set of features developed with the Kamloops Chinese Freemason's Association and the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association chronicling Chinese contributions to Kamloops' cultural life, including the construction of the CP Railway.

riverpeoplenationstatepeople signals a widened frame of reference for understanding the current of our region's histories by exploring the tributaries that feed it. Unfolding incrementally, imperfectly, and unendingly, it is a sustained effort to use the unique space and tools of the KMA as a sounding board for voices from Kamloops' oldest and newest cultural communities.

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In commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the KMA has produced the Talking Walls Project, a graphic framework that offers new tools for exploring Kamloops’ history and new places to find it. Explore the Pop-up Museums at Kamloops City Hall (7 Victoria Street), the City of Kamloops Development Services Building (105 Seymour Street), and at the KMA.

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