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Kala Art Institute

Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo-processes, book arts and digital can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute. Residency applications are accepted three times per year. Artists who apply for residency should be familiar with at least one of the media offered at Kala. Considerations for acceptance are conceptual creativity and technical knowledge. Kala encourages use of both traditional and new technologies, and their admixture.

Resident artists receive 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop and/or electronic media center, individual storage space, possible exposure on Kala's website and in other exhibitions at Kala or outside exhibition spaces, and participation in a vital, international artistic community. Artists also receive a 20% discount on classes and private tutoring offered by Kala.

Please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included. Artists are responsible for finding their own housing.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Applications are reviewed three times per year: March 15, July 15, and October 15. Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. 6-month residencies also exist, but are only available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have completed a 3 month residency.

Application Materials
-Completed application questions
-Artist resumé or CV
-Work samples, up to 10 images and/or 10 minutes of video

Apply online at kala.slideroom.com.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Kala Art Institute welcomes artists to apply online for our Fellowship Award. The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge.

The Kala Fellowship Award annually grants nine artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala's specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media.

The 2014-2015 Fellowship Award deadline is Friday April 4, 2014.

The application is now online at kala.slideroom.com.

Kala selects nine artists and each receives a fellowship consisting of:
-A $3,000 cash award
-Up to six months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute
with 24/7 access to Kala's studio (An individual studio space may be also available depending on proposed projects and schedules.)
-A free class or equivalent tutorial sessions.
-An exhibition opportunity at the Kala gallery of the artwork created during the residency
-Staff support for a public program or some other form of community engagement

Artist Project Space Residency
As part of the overall Fellowship residency, one artist will be considered for a Kala Artist Project Space month, where their projects are developed in a studio space open to the public during their fellowship. This program is geared toward artists making work that is appropriate to develop onsite and engages the public in some form. Artists are given access to a 20'x25' project space for one month, in which time it is open to the public for viewing during normal gallery hours.

CA Artists Living Outside of Main Metropolitan Areas
One of the nine Kala Fellowship awards is designated specifically to a California artist living outside of the main metropolitan areas. To serve a more diverse constituency, The James Irvine Foundation generously funds this Fellowship award. Artists from the North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley and Inland Empire are eligible and encouraged to apply.

2014 FELLOWSHIP AWARD APPLICATION

The 2014 Fellowship competition will be juried by Kala's Directors and a panel that includes one fellowship alumni artist and one invited Bay Area arts professional. We are pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Fellowship Award guest jurors:

Ranu Mukherjee, Alumni Fellowship Artist

Xiaoyu Weng, Curator, Writer, and Director of Asian Programs for the Kadist Art Foundation and Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium in San Francisco.

A Full Application Includes:
-Completed Application Questionnaire
-Artist Resume or Curriculum Vitae
-Statement of Interest in working at Kala Art Institute and how a Fellowship Award will affect a specific future project and/or how it will impact your overall practice.
-Documentation of recent work (see specifications on the online application for guidelines according to discipline)
-Three References
-$40 Application Fee

The 2014-2015 Fellowship Award application is now online at kala.slideroom.com. Hardcopy and email submissions are no longer accepted.
Please note:
- This is a studio residency only; housing is not included.
- Students enrolled in a degree granting program at the time of the deadline are not eligible for the award.

For questions about the online application guidelines,
e-mail Program Manager, Carrie Hott at carrie@kala.org.

Location

Berkeley, California: United States

Kala Art Institute is situated in the East Bay Area, directly across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Inhabiting the historic Heinz Ketchup factory, Kala is nestled in a light industrial area that borders Emeryville, Oakland, and Berkeley.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1-6 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-4
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 58
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Residency program is open to all printmaking, book arts and digital media artists locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Kala Fellowships are awarded annually to eight artists working in the realms of printmaking, book arts and digital media. Previous Kala Fellowship winners may not apply for award.

    The Artist-in-Residence Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s Print Studio and Electronic Media Center. Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term communal studio space at low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists.

    The Fellowship Award, an international competition, annually grants eight artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery, through a highly competitive jurying process. The Fellowship Award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala's specialized equipment. Many Fellowship winners transition to the Artist-in-Residence program at the conclusion of their Fellowship period in order to continue their work at Kala.

  • Application deadline: March 15, July 15, October 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are reviewed three times per year: March 15, July 15, and October 15. Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. 6-month residencies also exist, but are only available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have completed a 3 month residency.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Kazuko Watanabe, Sandra Gibson, Taro Hattori, Endi Poskovic, Joan Truckenbrod, Barbara Robertson, May Chan, Jessica Dunne, Unai San Martin, Takahiko Iimura
Kala has had a profound effect on me as an artist and teacher. A chance to interact with truly outstanding, creative, and important artists who have and will continue to shape the nature of printmaking and print media, a chance to think, work, stretch, and celebrate about issues and process.
— Barbara Foster
The physical production of art in a shared facility such as Kala naturally leads to an exchange of ideas among artists, and presentations of their work in Kala’s gallery allows us to share these ideas with the greater public.
— Archana Horsting

Facilities & Services

  • Housing:
    Please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included. Artists are responsible for finding their own housing.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Studios and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Digital media center (includes G4 Macs, a high-quality Imacon scanner, a 24" Epson printer and a 54" Roland printer; both are wide-format digital printers with archival inks and papers); electronic media center (includes high-quality digital still cameras, video cameras, video editing deck and sound equipment plus extensive array of software; film editing and projection is not available); photography darkroom (black-and-white); 8,500-sq.-ft. print studio (includes 3 American French tool etching presses - one 48" x 78" and two 40" x 70", 2 Griffin etching presses - 44" x 21.5" and 32" x 18", Griffin manual litho press - 56" x 32", Takach-Garfield motorized litho press - 56" x 32", Bumpodo litho press - 45" x 34", 2 Vandercook letterpresses, a Vreeland Orbital A-2 polymer platemaker, an aquatint box, a plate cutter, and a Challenge book cutter); and exhibition gallery.
  • Other facilities and services: Kitchen on-site available to residents.

Residency Fees

AIR CONTRACT RATES These below-market rates are for our Artist-In-Residence program and are made possible through generous donations from foundations and individuals. Rates are effective September 2012. Please note: Fellowship residencies do not require a fee. 1) 1, 2, or 3 Month Part Time Contract: $285 per month – 3 days per week studio access – donation of one sample of work done at Kala 2) 1, 2, or 3 Month Full Time Contract: $425 per month – 4 to 7 days per week studio access – donation of one sample of work done at Kala 3) 6 Month Part Time Contract: $210 per month – 3 days per week studio access – available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency – donation of one print to Kala's Archive per 6 month period; maximum two prints per year 4) 6 Month Contract - Full Time: $350 per month – 4 to 7 days per week studio access – available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency – donation of one print to Kala's Archive per 6 month period; maximum two prints per year 5) Collaborative Residencies: For artists working collaboratively, we have created a 1+ residency rate, which is 1.5x the 1 person rate: – Short Term (1-3 month) contract: $425 for part time access (3 days/week) and $635/mo for full time access (4-7 days/week). – Long Term (6 month) contract: $315 for part time access (3 days/week) and $525 for full time access (4-7 days/week). Note: Only one storage unit (cubby and drawer) and one key is allotted for a collaborative residency to the lead artist in the pair. 6) Emerging AIR Program For artists who have graduated from a BA, BFA, or MFA program in the last 12 months, Kala is pleased to provide a discounted residency rate to artists for one year after graduation. Rates are $210 per month for a part time 1, 2, or 3 month contract, and $395 per month for a full time contract. 7) Senior AIR Program Senior artists will be considered for our Senior Artist-In-Residence Program, which provides a $25 per month discount on all residency rates. 6) Single-day rate (available to former artists-in-residence only) $100 per day (no storage space)

Stipends / other support

Studios/facilities, exhibition space, and program administration. Fellowship artists receive a $3,000 stipend; they may choose to use it for travel, housing, food or art-making expenses.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Fellowship artists are included in one of two Fellowship group exhibitions. Both Fellowship artists and non-Fellowship Artists-in-Residence are included in the Kala Gallery exhibitions. Kala’s off-site exhibition program includes venues ranging from gallery and museum exhibitions to international exchange presentations. Fellowship artists working in the print-making studio are expected to donate 3 sample prints to the Kala Archives. Artists working in digital media are requested to give video or DVD work samples. Artists-in-Residence are expected to donate one print per each 6-month period.

Contact Information

1060 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, California 94710
United States
Tel: 510 549-2977