Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.

The heart of Kala’s mission as a vital, California art-making hub is supporting artists and engaging the community. Kala offers professional facilities to those working in and across printmaking and digital media, installation, sound, and performance.

Kala Art Institute is located in Huichin, the home territory of Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, on unceded Lisjan Ohlone land. While Kala can claim space, the Ohlone community is not federally recognized, has no land base, and has been politically and economically marginalized. We acknowledge that this is a complicated history in which we benefit from the genocide of Indigenous communities past and present. Please join us in reflecting and honoring the sacrifices and invaluable contributions made by the Indigenous culture bearers who came before us and are here now.

Fellowship Program

Jessica Sabogal and Shanna Strauss


Applications for 2023-2024 Kala and Special Program Award is open! Apply online at kala.slideroom.com!

For over 30 years, Kala Art Institute has awarded artists time, space, and financial support for their work through the Kala Fellowship award. The Kala Art Institute Fellowship is an artist residency award for local, national, and international artists. Artists producing innovative work in mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards will be given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence.

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Teen Studio Program (6-12th)

Classes for Youth in Grades 6-12

⊕ After School Teen Studio Art- 3/15 – 5/17
⊕ Compass Drawing: Topophilia & A Sense of Place – 3/16 – 4/20
⊕ Drawing for Teens- 3/21 – 5/30
⊕ Teen Studio Trial Days

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Adult Classes

January – May 2023 classes are here! – Gift certificates now available for the new year 

We have an exciting assortment of in-person classes to offer!

We want to hear from you! What do you want to learn? Who do you want to learn from? Take this survey and LET US KNOW!

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