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Save the Date – Saturday, April 23, 6:30-10pm! Art | Kala | 2016 Auction

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Kala Art Institute invites you to join us for Art|Kala 2016 an exhibition, auction and gala benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Gala Tickets:

Art|Kala 2016 opens with a two-week exhibition featuring inventive, contemporary art made here and now in the Bay Area. It culminates the night of Saturday, April 23 with a lively Gala Auction of all the work on view. Steven Oliver, founder of the construction firm Oliver & Company and visionary behind Oliver Ranch, an expansive collection of site-specific art in Sonoma County, will host the auction as Honorary Chair. Art|Kala 2016 features artworks by over 100 talented artists, and unique art-related items, local treasures, and experiences offered through both live and silent auctions. Celebrity chef Narsai David will return as Master of Ceremonies and Wes Sparling as our auctioneer. We are thrilled to honor beloved Kala artists, John DeMerritt & Nora Pauwels and the dynamic duo and the creative force otherwise known as Paulson Bott Press, Renee Bott & Pam Paulson as the 2016 recipients of Kala Master Artists Award.


Preview Party: Thursday, April 7, 6-9 pm, free admission
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 22, 2016, free admission
Gala Auction: Saturday, April 23, 6:30-10 pm, VIP cocktail party at Meyer Sound, 6-7 pm
Gallery Address: Kala, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday, 12-4:30pm


Gala Tickets:  
$75 in advance; $100 at the door
$150 VIP: includes Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound
$250 Patron: two tickets and VIP Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound

Buy Tickets:

By Phone: 510-841-7000, ex 204
By Mail: Send a check to Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
In Person: Kala Gallery

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New Etchings by Enrique Chagoya


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ENRIQUE CHAGOYA: Los Disparates Series

A gifted caricaturist and mimic, he grapples with the conflicts of his own hybrid inheritance, giving expression to an irreverent, wildly pluralistic imagination. — George Adams, The New York TimesThis January Kala Art Institute releases a new series by Enrique Chagoya. Los Disparates, a collection of six etchings, is modeled after a series of prints by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Chagoya, who has lived on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as in Europe, employs secular and religious symbols to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States and Latin America. His recent work looks at issues of immigration, surveillance, animal poaching, economic recession, and war.

The original Los Disparates, also known as Proverbios or Sueños, were created by Goya between 1815 and 1823. They were not released during his lifetime due to the Inquisition and the oppressive political climate in Spain. In 1864, the series was published by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. On a number of the original proofs are handwritten titles by Goya, which include the word “Disparate” or “Folly”.

Enrique Chagoya was born in Mexico City and now lives in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute as well as his MA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Chagoya won an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of a Western States Arts Federation Regional Fellowship, an artist fellowship in Giverny, France, from the Lila Wallace Foundation, a Tiffany Fellowship, and two NEA artist fellowships.

Chagoya is a professor of art and art history at Stanford University. His work is found in over thirty public art collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, the Des Moines Art Center, LACMA, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Chagoya’s relationship to Kala goes back to 1984 when he was an artist-in-residence. Kala’s Board of Directors recognized Chagoya in 2009 with its Master Artist Award for his achievements in the field of art and education. In 2013 Kala honored Chagoya with a retrospective, Freedom of Expression: The Work of Enrique Chagoya curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly.

Through this characteristically clear-eyed reflection on his own practice, Chagoya draws an illuminating link between his own work and that of the Spanish master that goes considerably beyond their four shared letters. — Alex Bigman, East Bay Express

For sales inquiries, contact Andrea Voinot, Art Sales Manager / andrea@kala.org / (510) 841 – 7000 ext. 206

Enrique Chagoya, Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly)

Enrique Chagoya, Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly), 2015 – Etching, 8.25 x 12.5 in. Paper, 16 x 19.25 in. Edition of 30

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Enrique Chagoya, Bobabilicon (Big Booby), 2015 – Etching, 8.25 x 12.5 in. Paper, 16 x 19.25 in. Edition of 30

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Enrique Chagoya, Disparate Ridiculo (Ridiculous Folly), 2015 – Etching, 8.25 x 12.5 in. Paper, 16 x 19.25 in. Edition of 30

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When it moves without moving… like WATER with Felipe Castelblanco and Jamil Hellu

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When it moves without moving… like WATER
with Kala Fellowship Artists Felipe Castelblanco and Jamil Hellu

Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Art Institute is excited to present When it moves without moving… like WATER, a screening and conversation between current fellowship artists Felipe Castelblanco and Jamil Hellu.


Felipe Castelblanco “Driftless”

Current Fellowship artist Felipe Castelblanco will present his recent video work, Driftless, which explores the fluidity of public spacesthrough interventions in large bodies of water in several countries. In addition to screening this work, Felipe will present research materials that have informed his process. From there, he and artist Jamil Hellu will discuss themes central to both of their practices including questions surrounding the presence of contemporary public art in unusual or contested public spaces, and the materiality, politics and contradictions of water as a medium for public engagement.

Felipe Castelblanco is a Colombian/American interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, sculpture, performance and networked installations his work creates participatory experiences of publicness and coexistent—if sometimes contentious—encounters. Most recently, he has constructed an invisible wall connecting children across two continents (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh); collaborated with participants from 10 countries to turn the world upside-down (Future Tenant Gallery); and assembled a team of day laborers to paint houses—on canvas—in the streets of Philadelphia (Practice Gallery). Felipe holds and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2012 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art in California, FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, FIVAC festival in Camagüey Cuba, Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia among others.

Jamil Hellu focuses his work on his ethnicity and Middle-Eastern ancestry, engaging in a multidisciplinary investigation of his own internalized feelings about the tragedies of war. While addressing the implications and stereotypes of his Arab heritage, he creates artworks that are both personal and overtly political. He earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University in 2010 and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He was selected for the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco in 2014. Hellu received the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010–2011. He was granted a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. He lives in San Francisco.


Jamil Hellu “All Ways Lead to the Mill”

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Performance by Carissa Potter, Love and Longing Choir

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Thursday, December 3 at 7pm
Love and Longing Choir, Performance by Carissa Potter at the Kala Gallery

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For this night we will join as a group to sing songs of desire, heartbreak and connection. In unison perhaps we will find some answers, or at-least feel a little less alone.

Carissa Potter is a founding member of Colpa Press and founder of People I’ve Loved. Since 2010, she has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute, where she teaches letter­press. She also serves as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Artist Webpage: http://carissapotter.com/

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Film Screening of Last Day of Freedom by Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman – FULL

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Wednesday, November 18, Doors open at 7pm, Screening starts at 7:30pm
Film Screening of Last Day of Freedom by Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
at The Pearson Theatre at Meyer Sound
FULL – Please contact Mayumi Hamanaka at mayumi@kala.org to be put on a waitlist.

Just announced, Last Day of Freedom is short-listed for Academy Award! Congratulations Nomi and Dee!

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision- should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom, a richly animated personal narrative, tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and capital punishment. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

Hibbert-Jones and Talisman have been collaborating on film, video, new media and art installations since 2004. Their projects explore trauma, justice and memory. Hibbert-Jones is an Associate Professor of Art and Digital New Media at the University of California in Santa Cruz and Talisman is an independent editor and media producer.

Official Webpage of the film Last day of Freedom: http://www.lastdayoffreedom.net/

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Berkeley Community Fund Honors Archana Horsting, director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute


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Berkeley, CA – Archana Horsting, director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute has joined the ranks of Alice Waters, Wavy Gravy and other community leaders and activists as the latest recipient of the Berkeley Community Fund’s “Most Useful Citizen” award.

More than 40 years ago, with just a single etching press and a hotplate, Emeryville artists Horsting and Yuzo Nakano started Kala Art Institute, one of a handful of art institutes in the world created by and for artists.

Since 1974, Horsting has sustained and expanded Kala through fires, earthquakes, recessions, and rising rents, always keeping the doors open for anyone and everyone who wants to create art. Kala is unique in that it provides space and resources for emerging and well established artists from all over the world, as well as children and adults in the community, some of whom are creating art for the first time.

Locally, Kala classes draw a diverse group to the studios to learn screen-printing, etching, letterpress, and more. Kala has provided special classes for area businesses including Bayer Healthcare and Pixar.

“We’ve offered 16 classes to Pixar animators since 2011 and these are a huge hit. They didn’t want to leave. They wanted to stay after class and keep working,” said Horsting. “With the increase in technology, there is a yearning to get back to using your hands, to make things in a physical way, to get off the computer. Kala provides an oasis, a place where all people can go to express themselves.”

Kala, which has a gallery and expansive workspace on San Pablo Avenue and Heinz Street in West Berkeley, provides artist residencies, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and professional development for artists. It also offers art classes and workshops to the public on site and through the Artists in the Schools program. About 25,000 people participate in Kala’s programs each year.

“Kala is an incredible place for artists to create and thrive,” said Richelle Gribble, a current Kala fellowship artist from Idyllwild, CA, working across media and focusing on science, art, and social networks.

Horsting is a practicing artist and lives at the Emeryville Artists Cooperative in Emeryville. She was among the first members of the co-op, established in 1980. It is one of the only cooperatives of its kind in the country. Through a competitive selection process, it provides artists in all disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, musical composition, and dance choreography, with affordable live work space.

Horsting received the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award, at the Berkeley Community Fund’s annual dinner on Thursday, October 8th at H’s Lordships Restaurant, Berkeley Marina.

About the Wheeler Award / Berkeley Community Fund (BCF): Since 1929, The Benjamin Ide Wheeler award has been presented to Berkeley’s “most useful citizen.” The Medal is awarded to one person who is selected for their outstanding nonpartisan service in any field of activity that has benefited the quality of life for a significant number of people in Berkeley. Past recipients include Alice Waters, David Brower, Kent Nagano, Wavy Gravy, Susan Medak, and last year, Arlene Blum. For more info please contact BCF Executive Director Joleen Ruffin, at 510-542-2126 or joleen@berkfund.org. Learn more at berkfund.org

"Kala Director Archana Horsting in the Kala Gallery, with a mural painted by Richelle Gribble from the exhibition West of the Sun”

“Kala Director Archana Horsting in the Kala Gallery, with a mural painted by Richelle Gribble from the exhibition West of the Sun”

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Join the friends of Kala Collector’s Circle and receive a limited edition Enrique Chagoya print from his new Goya series printed at Kala


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Join the friends of Kala Collector’s Circle and receive a limited edition Enrique Chagoya print from his new Goya series printed at Kala, Disparate Series, 2015.

The Friends of Kala Membership program and Enrique Chagoya offer this very special opportunity to join the Collector’s Circle and add Disparatede Bestia, Animal Folly or Disparate Ridiculo, Ridiculous Folly to your art collection. Kala just completed publishing a set of Enrique Chagoya’s Goya series, 6 prints in the edition, 2 of these fantastic prints (images above) are now available for Collector’s Circle members. To see more of Enrique Chagoya’s work, click here.

Join the Collector’s Circle for $1,500 and receive

– Enrique Chagoya’s prints, Animal Folly or Ridiculous Folly
– 10% of workshops, classes, and Camp Kala
– 10% off artwork purchases from Kala
– National American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) good for free entry to 500+ museums
– Two tickets to the annual spring Kala Gala
– 20% off private facility rental fee for an event

You can join the Friends of Kala Membership Program online or contact Ellen Lake, 510.841.700 x204, ellen@kala.org. To make an appointment to view the artwork, contact Andrea Voinot, 510.841.7000 x206, andrea@kala.org.

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DONUT TALKS at KALA Fellowship Artist Richelle Gribble


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Saturday, September 26 11:30am-1pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702

Join us for DONUT TALKS, a series featuring artists from our Fellowship and Artist-In-Residence programs during their studio residencies. DONUT TALKS are free of charge and open to the public. And donuts will be served!

September’s DONUT TALK features 2014-2015 Fellowship artist Richelle Gribble. Richelle Gribble creates mixed media paintings and collages, prints, interactive installations, videos, drawings, computer games and sculptures. Her artwork is inspired by concepts of virality, biology, networks, group dynamics, and social trends that connect us all. For her DONUT TALK, Richelle will provide a glimpse into the work she has been completing at Kala through a casual artist talk followed by donuts and conversation.

Richelle Gribble earned a BFA in Studio Arts from the Roski School of Art and Design with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of Southern California, in 2013. She is a recipient of the Kala Fellowship Award and the USC Discovery Scholar Prize. Her work was included in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the International Print Center New York Gallery, New York, NY; Christie’s New York Salesroom at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY; Jonathan Ferarra Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Con Artist Gallery, New York, NY; ARTery Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA; The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI; Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; Fisher Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; and many other public and private spaces. She was thrilled to receive a commission to create an artwork celebrating our humanity, which flew to outer space and back aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard’s space system. She is represented in several collections including that of Ilene & Stanley Gold and American composer Morten Lauridsen. Her current research and art projects are presented in a TEDxTrousdale talk “What is our Role within a Networked Society?” which examines the ways that interconnectivity transforms communities and contributes to our happiness.



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2015 Berkeley Community Fund Honors Archana Horsting with the Distinguished Wheeler Award


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Save the Date - 2015 BCF Annual Dinner Honoring Archana Horsting

Join the Berkeley Community Fund on Thursday, October 8 to honor Archana Horsting, co-founder and executive director of Kala Art Institute, with the 2015  Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award at the BCF annual dinner. The Wheeler Award is given annually to an outstanding member of the Berkeley community for distinguished long time service. Archana will join other Wheeler Award notables Wavy Gravy, Narsai David, Steven H. Oliver, Helen and John Meyer, Alice Waters, and others. Congratulations Archana! The award recognizes Archana’s indefatigable 41-year leadership of Kala. Through her vision, inspired by Atelier 17 in Paris, Kala offers exhibitions, lectures, workshops and professional development for artists. It also brings art classes and workshops into our public schools and the community.

Sponsorship opportunities benefiting the Berkeley Community Fund for the annual dinner are available. Download a sponsorship form, or use their online registration page. All proceeds will support the Berkeley Community Fund’s High Hopes Scholarship Program.

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Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program benefits from Whole Foods Berkeley Nickels for Nonprofits Program


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Bring your reusable bags, shop at Whole Foods Market Berkeley (Telegraph and Ashby Store), and donate your bag credit to Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program. We are honored to be the Nickels for Nonprofits recipients from September 30, 2015 through January 17, 2016. Thanks Whole Foods Market!



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