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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 through September 27th. Thanks Whole Foods Market!

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STOP & GO: Made From Scratch

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An evening of Stop-Motion Animation & Food Pairings
Screening at Kala Art Institute, September 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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Stop & Go: Made From Scratch offers a delicious suite of animations in a variety of impressions on crafting, horticulture and food. In some animations artists literally play with their food, while in other works they employ a wide range of materials to create a desired effect. Altogether this screening is more than just a feast for your eyes. It also presents images, sounds and sensations that will both nourish and delight audience members.

For this screening Stop & Go is very excited to partner with Kelsie Kerr of Standard Fare. Kerr is an acclaimed chef who, over the past three decades, has contributed to the success of several well-loved Bay Area restaurants including Chez Panisse and Zuni Café. In 2014, Kerr launched her own establishment Standard Fare which specializes in seasonal and sustainable menus packaged to-go in innovative and re-usable ceramic wares. Known for her use of fresh produce and dairy from local sustainable sources, Kerr and her team will offer up inspired tastings to complement the courses of animation.

Stop & Go features a broad range of emerging work in the field of stop-motion animation. Artists whose works are in this program include Emily Alden Foster, William Cashion & Elena Johnston, Hugo de Kok & Kay van Vree, Benjamin Ducroz, Eric Dyer, Sandra Eber, Andy Ellison, Alice Evans, David Green, Elizabeth Hobbs, Andrew Kelleher, Katarzyna Kijek & Przemyslaw Adamski, Sarah Klein & David Kwan, Katie Lenton, Jennifer Levonian, Jillian McDonald, Peter Millard, Rob Munday, Johan Rijpma, Jacob Rivkin, Albert Roskam and Caleb Wood.

Admission

$40- Includes the film screening and vegetarian food tastings.

Tickets:

At the door the night of the show and presale at Brown Paper Tickets 

Location:

Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
510-841-7000
www.kala.org

For additional press information, interviews and images contact:

Sarah Klein
thesarahklein@yahoo.com
www.stopandgoshow.com

Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org

Top Artwork by Sarah Klein.

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Kala is Among 69 Our Town Award Recipients

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Sue Mark, Communities' Crossing, 2015 (photo by Pamela Palma)

Sue Mark, Communities’ Crossing, 2015 (photo by Pamela Palma)

Berkeley, CA— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program’s fifth year of funding.  Kala Art Institute is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $75,000 to support Print Public, a community engagement project bringing multiple partners together to create art installations, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Addressing Kala’s commitment to engaging the community, we’ve created a cross-sector partnership to develop Print Public, a public art, community vibrancy initiative. Through permanent and temporary site-responsive public artworks, socially engaged residencies, and related public programming, Kala, UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and it’s [IN]City program, UCB’s Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Transportation Center, City of Berkeley, and creative partners are bringing vacant properties and overlooked public spaces to life, providing cultural connections along the busy San Pablo Avenue transit corridor in Berkeley. With support from UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, California Arts Council, Cal Humanities Community Stories, and now NEA Our Town, we are investing in arts and culture along the San Pablo Avenue corridor in new and exciting ways.

“Kala Art Institute, City of Berkeley, and partners demonstrate the best in creative community development with Print Public and this work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. “Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike.”

Archana Horsting, Kala’s Executive Director is excited to build on the Print Public pilot project, focusing on creating an “arts-integrated approach” to urban planning and community building in Berkeley. Archana describes Print Public as “innovative cross-disciplinary art projects that push the boundaries of print media in public space.”

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well. The NEA’s online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects along with lessons learned and other resources.

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DONUT TALKS at KALA – Fellowship Artist Zohra Opoku

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DONUT TALKS at KALA

Fellowship Artist Zohra Opoku
Masquerade: A Reading and Discussion

Saturday, July 25 11:30am-1pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Art Institute is excited to present 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!

On Saturday, July 25, current Fellowship artist Zohra Opoku will be completing a reading amongst related image and video projections that connect West African masquerade with ideas of disguise explored in the artist’s practice. In her work, Zohra Opoku uses the medium of photography and video to magnify our experience of textile culture and materials in different spaces. Using the guiding topics of SIDESPECIFIC and TEXTURES Opoku researches how identity can be read, interrelated, and visualized. While at Kala, the artist is working on a series that materializes self portraits through screen printing, collage, and video. Part non-traditional self-portraiture, Opoku is employing the surroundings of the bay area as a natural backdrop and using dress and self-framing to speak to various strands, colors, and transitions of African cultural identities.

Zohra Opoku (b.1976) (DE/GH) is an Accra-based versatile artist whose work employs media including installations, photography and video to explore the sophistication of textile cultures in disparate spaces targeting fashion’s political and psychological role and socio-cultural dynamics in relation to African history and individualistic or societal identities. This experience enroots her aesthetic practice into sculptural modules as her [in]direct social commentary as seen in THE BILLBOARDPROJECT, composed of big scale installations of second-hand clothes which were displayed in central Accra. She is employing metaphors of repetition and disguise in her portrait series TEXTURES and SIDESPECIFIC presented in specifically identified locations. Opoku holds an MA (2003) in Fashion from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her residencies include Art OMI, Ghent (NY/2012)/, Iwalewa Haus Bayreuth (DE/2013) and Jan van Eyck Institute (NL/2014). She is included in the touring group exhibitions Making Africa (2015-20) curated by Amelie Klein & Okwui Enwezor. Upcoming exhibitions include the Material Effects curated by Yesomi Umolu at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan and Designing Futures curated by Christina de Middel at the LagosPhoto Festival 2015.

 

 

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Special Edition Susan O’Malley Prints Available at Kala

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While we continue to sway from the shock of losing beloved artist, Susan O’Malley, her artwork continues to ground us in love and beauty. Kala is deeply honored to be able to offer 16 limited edition prints for sale from Susan’s Advice From My Eighty Year Old Self series. Available on a first come basis for $250 each (plus tax and shipping), all proceeds will be donated to the Susan O’Malley Memorial Fund for the Arts to support emerging artists and to commission a permanent installation of her work. Prints are on view now through June 27th in the Kala Gallery. For more information or to purchase a print, contact Kala’s Art Sales Manager, Andrea Voinot. andrea@kala.org or 510-841-7000.

 

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Lea Cetera | Kala Artist Project Space Residency

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Lea Cetera | Kala Artist Project Space Residency
May 21-June 6, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Fellowship Artist Lea Cetera is in residence in Kala’s Artist Project Space in the gallery through June 6. While in residence, Lea will be creating a public participatory exquisite corpse video in collaboration with visitors to the gallery. For her project, Lea is interested in exploring what happens with excerpts of prepared dialogue and where that can go with unrestricted and open-ended parameters when performed in collaboration with members of the public. Inviting visitors to perform in her video, either solo or in pairs, Lea will be supplying props, prompts, pre-scripted lines or improv, depending on the participant’s desires, in the minimal set she has created– an empty white room, a door and a table and chair. Available for participant’s use will be a prop table of various objects that may be utilized during the performance along with wireless microphones. After collecting the scenes, Lea will be editing it all together in order to create some kind of new narrative that neither the performers nor director could anticipate. Like any exquisite corpse, there is no true sense of the outcome until the end.

See more of Lea’s work here.

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DONUT TALKS at KALA – Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela

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Fellowship Artists Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela
Artist Talks with coffee and donuts

Saturday, May 30, 11am-1pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Art Institute is excited to present DONUT TALKS, a new 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 coffee and donuts will be served, thanks to our sponsor, Pepples Donuts!

On Saturday, May 30, current Fellowship artists Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela will present an artist talks about their recent work and projects in progress during their Kala residencies. Lea Cetera will be in the Kala Project Space and will use the studio space as an ongoing film set, filming and creating and experimenting with an open narrative form, utilizing a public studio space as well the audience as a way of creating a filmic exquisite corpse. During Rodrigo Valenzuela’s residency, he has been using a neighborhood salvage store as his photo studio, expanding on his creative practice that expands the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction.

 

Lea Cetera works in video, sculpture and performance to produce temporal video installations that examine the space between object and body, public and private, the virtual and real. Utilizing techniques culled from theatre, film and puppetry, her work investigates constructed identities, the object, technology, alienation, fantasy and role-play. Cetera has performed and shown work in the USA and internationally at venues such as Sculpture Center, The Jewish Museum, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), Pilar Corrias (London, UK), Southard Reid (London, UK), Simone Subal, High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree, CA), Poetry Project at St. Marks Church on the Bowery, Anthology Film Archives and participated in Portugal Arte 2010 and the New Wight Biennial 2012. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2005. She lives and works in New York City.

Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Chilean artist living between Houston and Seattle. Rodrigo holds a BFA in photography from The University of Chile , a BA in Philosophy from The Evergreen State College and an MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. He is currently a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work has been shown at MOCA Miami, National Academy Museum in New York, North Dakota Museum of Art, Henry Art Gallery, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, COCA Seattle and more. Rodrigo is also an alumni of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture , Vermont Studio Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Clark College. During 2015 Rodrigo will have solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago, Chile, The Frye art museum in Seattle WA and UPFOR gallery in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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East Bay Gives

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On Tuesday, May 5, Kala Art Institute is proud to join 360 other East Bay nonprofits for East Bay Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign. Our goal is to raise $5,000 from donors like you to support our youth art programs including a seven-week summer art camp and innovative art residencies in Alameda County public schools.

Give where you live and support Kala. Your gift will go to make Camp Kala accessible to diverse young artists and to fund fall residencies in public schools in Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. Every dollar you donate, up to $5,000, will be matched by individual Kala donors who raised funds for this on April 25th at Kala’s annual spring auction benefit.

Double the power of your gift—by donating to Kala Art Institute on May 5!

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PRINT PUBLIC opens May 7, Thurs, 6-9pm

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Please join us next Thursday, May 7, 6-9pm, for the Opening Reception of Print Public, Kala’s two-year place-making project.

This has been a ground-breaking new direction for Kala and we are thrilled to share it: from the 2013/2014 research phase with UC Berkeley students, to our Neighborhood Charettes and Potlucks, to the implementation of the respective art projects from the six artist teams, and to all the new relationships that have been forged throughout.

Print Public
May 7 – June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thurs, May 7, 6-9pm
Open House: Sat, May 16, 12-5pm
Calendar of Events 

Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
(510)841-7000; www.kala.org; Tues–Sat 12-5pm

​Susan O’Malley, ‘Advice From My 80 Year-Old Self,’ 2015

 

Kala Art Institute presents the exhibition and final phase of Print Public, a two-year place-making project along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor in our West Berkeley neighborhood. Please join us for the Opening Reception on May 7, Open House on May 16, and related events in the gallery and around the neighborhood (calendar attached).

Print Public was conceived in collaboration with the University of Berkeley’s Department of City & Regional Planning as an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Susan O’Malley, Sue Mark, Swell, and Imin Yeh have created distinct artworks in partnership with the San Pablo Avenue community. During year one of the project, Print Public was integrated into UC’s urban planning research course called [IN]City. The lead faculty are Fernando Hector Burga and Karen Trapenberg-Frick. The [IN]City student team consisted of Derrick Behm, Emily Busch, Lucia Constantine, John McWhirter, and Lu Sun. Additional UC student-partners include Julie Chau (partnered with Susan O’Malley) and Anisha Gade (partnered with Sue Mark).

An essay, and a special dedication for Susan O’Malley, by Christian Frock will accompany the exhibition. Susan O’Malley passed away unexpectedly in March 2015. While we continue to sway from the shock, her artwork serves to ground us in love and beauty. Her memorial site: morebeautifulthanyoucouldeverimagine.com/

Kala Art Institute gratefully acknowledges support for Print Public from: University of California Berkeley Chancellors’ Community Partnership Fund, The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Grant, California Humanities’ California Stories Grant, and The Andy Warhol Foundation.

Kala also thanks and acknowledges the following important neighborhood partners: Bob’s Machining Co., Flooring Alternatives, Signarama-Berkeley, Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, Golden Gate Library, Destiny Arts Center, PLACE, Actual Café, SPAGGIA, The Emeryville Historical Society, The Ecology Center, Urban Adamah, Love Our Neighborhood Day, and Carissa Potter.

Please see the attached pdf for Print Public’s Calendar of Events and Project Briefs

For further information contact Amanda Curreri at Kala Art Institute: amanda@kala.org.

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BAM Student Art Exhibition!

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This past school year Kala has been working with the students of Berkeley Arts Magnet. Making self-portraits, still life paintings, and much more. These students have been hard at work! Now it’s time to celebrate all of the wonderful art they’ve produced. On May 7th, Kala will be hosting an art exhibition for BAM students grades TK-5th. Please join us for food, drinks, and most of all, amazing artwork!
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