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.

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Art Kala 2020 Spring Gala and Auction

Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman invite you to join us for Art Kala 2020, an exhibition, auction and gala benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Celebrating Kala’s 46th year, this special event brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made in the Bay Area and beyond. A three week-long exhibition in the Kala Gallery will culminate in a rousing auction and gala benefit for Kala on April 4, 2020. We are thrilled this year to honor Kota Ezawa and Jet Martinez & Kelly Ording as the 2020 recipients of Kala Master Artists Award.

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Adult Classes

New Summer/Fall Kala Art Classes ready for sign-ups

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Kala’s adult education programs connect communities of learners. We provide unique studio opportunities that align with Kala’s overall mission to help artists sustain their creative work. Kala classes are taught by working artists and utilize our exceptional equipment. Develop a new skill, build on previous experience, or take a class just for fun! Private group instruction and tutoring sessions are also available.

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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! PLEASE NOTE: Camp Kala 2020 registration will be posted by the first week of February 2020. To receive camp updates, please click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

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Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s Print Studio and Electronic Media Center. Established in 1974, 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 program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of approximately seventy-five artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Saturday Teen Studio

Enrollment open for 2019-2020
Kala Art Institute is offering a Saturday Studio program in our San Pablo Avenue studio. The program offers a focused studio environment where middle and high school students can dive deep into the creative process. Our time together includes skill-based instruction in a variety of visual art media. Students are encouraged to follow their own vision in applying the techniques that we are exploring together. We offer professional art materials and instruction on our printmaking presses.

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