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.

Exhibitions, Events & Performances

Current Exhibition:
ONE YEAR – Jos Sances
January 27, 2022 — March 27, 2022
Kala Gallery

Kala gallery is excited to present a project One Year, a visual journal drawn in 12 monthly segments by Jos Sances.

Calendar of Events

Fellowship Program

Jessica Sabogal and Shanna Strauss


For over 30 years, Kala Art Institute has annual awarded artists time, space, and financial support for their work through the Kala 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.

2022 Competition
The 2022 Fellowship Award selection will be chaired by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod. TThe jury is made up of Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Fellowship alumni artist Natani Notah and invited Bay Area arts professional, Kim Aceno Arteche, Co-Director at Berkeley Art Center.

The application is OPEN for this program.  Please visit Slideroom! Application deadline: March 6th, 2022, 11:59pm pst.

Applicants with disabilities may contact the Artist Residency Manager via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations with application (meghan@kala.org 510-549-2997 x 303).


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Teen Studio Program (6-12th)

Teen Studio- Drawing & Painting

Teen Studio – Upcoming Classes in 2022

Wednesdays, 4- 6:30pm
Feb 2- Apr 13 (10 weeks- Winter Session)
Grades: 6-12

Thursdays, 4:30- 6:30pm
Feb 3- Mar 24 (10 weeks- Winter Session)
Ages 12+

DRAWING & PAINTING (Open Enrollment- Few spots left!)
Tuesdays, 5:45- 7:15pm (1.5 hrs)
Winter session ends Mar 15
Grades: 6-12

Jan-June 2022
Grades: 6-12

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After School Program (K-5th)


Check back in  June  for Fall 2022 classes.

Our fun and interactive art making experiences are designed for young artists in K-5th grades.

  • After School Studio Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-5:30 pm
  • 10% Multi-child / Multi-session Discount
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