As we all adjust to the Shelter in Place mandate, Kala’s exhibitions, residencies, and education programs are closed until the shelter in place and stay at home orders are eased. Kala’s staff is working remotely and can be reached via email. Many of you have asked how you can help Kala during the closure. Here are ways to support Kala:

 – Please consider a donation of any size to help sustain Kala, cover immediate costs, and embrace a creative future together!

 – Pick a piece from the Kala auction up on Artsy and Buy It Now and/or place a bid!

Art Kala 2020 Auction artwork is available online and you can place your bid or buy it now by emailing Ellen, Contact Mayumi at to schedule a virtual tour of the exhibition. We are currently reimagining the auction finale now on June 27, 2020. Stay tuned for more information! 

Kala’s in-person youth arts program is suspended at this time. We will be offering virtual studio art experiences and classes to students currently registered in our programs. Please check-in for updates. Contact Gisela, if you have any questions.

For information about artist-in-residencies and adult classes, contact Meg at

Coronavirus: Update at Kala & Resources for Bay Area artists, educators, freelancers, cultural workers, and parents.

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.

We have joined Artsy, the online art sales platform! Follow us for updates on all the latest work made by Kala artists.

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Fellowship Program

Appro-propagation, James Voller and Leah Rosenberg


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.

2020 Competition
The 2020 Fellowship competition will be juried by Kala’s Artistic Director and a panel that includes one Fellowship alumni artist and one invited arts professional. Deadline: May 29, 2020

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Camp Kala

Engage in hands-on art activities while working in a professional studio environment at Kala Art Institute. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention from Kala’s fabulous teaching artists and assistants. Each week offers new projects and materials culminating in a gallery exhibition and celebration of student work. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala! Camp Kala 2020 registration is now open! Extended care is available. Important Update: At Kala, we continue to plan for summer and registration is open. In the event that we are required to modify our weekly summer camps, we will notify families immediately and provide alternative programming options. At this time, we are exploring virtual online classrooms so that our young artists can still have access to our exciting studio art camps. Please check back for updates regarding our summer camp schedule.

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Art Kala 2020 Auction Benefit

As we all work together to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to adapt and make changes to all of Kala’s programs. Currently, we are working to re-imagine the culmination of Kala’s auction benefit. Those of you who have tickets for April 4th, please be patient as we figure out next steps.  The auction end-date will be on June 27, 2020.

You can participate in the auction both online and throughout the auction exhibition. When the stay at home orders change, the gallery will be open by appointment. Staff will be available to help visitors with bidder numbers and bidding throughout the exhibition. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. You can view artwork on Artsy and place your bid by emailing us.

To arrange a time to view the auction exhibition, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, or Ellen Lake,, 510-520-6438

To place a proxy bid on auction artwork, contact Ellen Lake,

To directly support Kala through membership, donations, or sponsorships, contact Ellen Lake,

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