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.

Art Kala 2021 Auction

Join us on May 15th and 16th, the final weekend of Art Kala 2021, Kala’s art auction benefit!

Saturday, May 15th, the Kala gallery will be open 12-5pm to drop in and place your bids and check out the stunning auction exhibition. No appointment necessary.

Sunday, May 16th, we have reservations all day to ensure small groups of no more than 15 at a time will be in the gallery. Enjoy a small social distanced gathering, a drink to take outside with friends before or after you bid, and a small and safe festive closing day.

Bidding for the auction will close on Sunday, May 16th at 5:00pm PST.

Reserve Your Visit on May 16

Place your bid on the artwork on Artsy or in the Kala gallery!

See Auction Artwork

Art Kala 2021 Auction Benefit

Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs Jeremy Stone and Craig Nagasawa invite you to join us for Art Kala 2021, an exhibition, auction and benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Meet the Artist Videos
We are thrilled this year to honor Demetri Broxton, Jordan Ann Craig, and Carissa Potter as the 2021 Honored Artists. We created short videos to feature their artwork and practice. Check them out here.

Exhibition: March 11 – May 16, 2021
From March 12 – May 16th you can view and bid on the artwork on Artsy or in the Kala gallery (open Tues-Fri, noon to 5 pm and Saturdays by appointment) at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702. No appointment needed for the regular gallery hours on Tue – Fri. For Saturday appointments, schedule your visit here.

All proceeds from this event support educational and cultural programs that directly serve artists, children, and the community-at-large.

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Camp Kala + Camp Kala Online

Registration for 2021 Camp Kala  is now open!

10% multi-session / sibling discount Sliding scale tuition and limited tuition assistance  are available.

This summer, Kala is  committed to giving your child a safe, fun, and creative experience during our week-long camps for youth, including  in-person and online camps in painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital photography,  and more!  Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala!

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Adult Classes

Kala Adult Classes

Join as a member and save 10%!

We are so excited to offer new online adult workshops! We are working on creating more online classes and programming for our winter season. Stay tuned for more information! We are also rolling out new sliding scale and sponsored enrollment options.

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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.

2021 Competition
The 2021 Fellowship competition will be chaired by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod. The jury is made up of  Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka,  Print Public alumni artist Imin Yeh, and invited Bay Area arts professional, Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, Chief Curator of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

The application is OPEN for this program.  Please visit Slideroom! Application deadline: June 4th, 2021.  


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Family & Community Workshops

Mixed Media: Basquiat-inspired Family Feelings Portrait (ONLINE)
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Inspired by the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, we will explore ways in which artists express their feelings, emotions and life experiences in their artwork. Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent who often combined poetry, text, symbols, and abstract figures into pieces that expressed identity and commented on the world around him. In this online workshop, we will listen to a biographical story on how Basquiat’s relationship with his family inspired and motivated him artistically. Together, we will tap into our own feelings and thoughts to create a mixed media artwork that outwardly expresses the many emotions we hold inside.

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