Print Public – Artists in Berkeley

Print Public – Artists in our West Berkeley Communities and City of Berkeley

From its founding days, Kala was envisioned as a place where people gather to exchange creative ideas and share technology and tools. Expanding on this idea, Print Public takes this exchange from the Kala studios out to the community. Specifically, Print Public provides an opportunity for artists to create temporary public art along the San Pablo Avenue corridor and throughout the City of Berkeley, meeting people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, shops, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community.

Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide a platform for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public has been supported by California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities, The James Irvine Foundation, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and the National Endowment of the Arts Our Town program.

We are thrilled to announce that Kala’s public art residency & community engagement project Print Public has evolved and is back with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program.

2021-2022 Print Public – Municipal Artist-in-Residence with the City of Berkeley
Christine Wong Yap
Lara Kaur

2021-2022 Print Public – San Pablo Avenue
Emma Logan and Cristine Blanco
Related Tactics: Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, & Nathan Watson


There are Two Programs for  Print Public in 2021/2022

Print Public – Municipal Artist Residency at City of Berkeley

KQED Article about this residency.

Two Bay Area artists will work as cultural strategists within the City of Berkeley in a pilot municipal artist-in-residence program. In addition to working at the City of Berkeley, selected artists will receive a stipend and a 14-month residency at Kala with 24/7 access to our printmaking studio and digital lab. The 2020 competition was  juried by a panel that included Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Executive Director Ellen Lake, and three City of Berkeley staff from the partnering departments.

About the new municipal artist-in-residence program:

Kala’s Print Public initiative has selected 2 Bay Area artists to work as cultural strategists at the City of Berkeley’s Health, Housing & Community Service to work on issues related to community well-being and resilience and recovery in the age of COVID-19.

About the artists:

Christine Wong Yap is a project-based artist who uses printmaking, drawing, social practice, and public art to explore psychological wellbeing. Her projects invite participants to engage in self-reflection and social connection, and explore belonging and interdependence.  She holds a BFA and MFA in Printmaking from the California College of the Arts.  She is currently the lead artist in Art, Culture, and Belonging in S.F. Chinatown with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

Currently her work is on view at the John Michael Kohler Art Center (Shebogyan, WI). She exhibited her work in the Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester U.K.), as well as in Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Manila; and Poland.

She has completed over a dozen artist residencies, including a Kala Fellowship in 2015–2016. She was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2019-2020 Workspace artist-in-residence. In 2018–2019, she was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at U.C. Berkeley.  Reviews of her work have appeared in the L.A. Times and S.F. Chronicle. Her work has also appeared on Oprah.com, NewYorker.com, Artforum.com, NYMag.com, KQED Arts, The Guardian (UK), Oakland Tribune.

Christine Wong Yap will be working with The City of Berkeley’s Wellness RecoveryTeam.

The Wellness Recovery Team promotes a culture of recovery at the Berkeley Mental Health Division and surrounding community. In the context of mental health, recovery is defined as a process of change through which an individual improves their health and wellness and lives a self-directed life. The program uses approaches that honor the lived experience of those in recovery, focusing on personal wellness tools and empowering them to advocate for themselves in the mental health system.


Lara Kaur is a photographer and social worker based in Oakland, CA. Lara’s work focuses on community narratives and holds space for individuals to be seen and recognized as they see themselves. She believes photography offers us a universal form of connection, healing, resistance, and historical memory. Lara is an educator and community advocate dedicated to centering community in all aspects of her work.

Lara also firmly believes in equitable education and access to opportunities for young folks of color. Through her ongoing work with youth, she’s centered photography and creative expression to support youth in exploring identity, resiliency, self-advocacy, and self-compassion.

As a multi-racial womxn of color raised in a family that was separated across continents, photographs have always been a form of emotional connection and experience when the presence of loved ones was absent. Lara holds this power of photography close to her work, as her images create a similar sense of connection amongst individuals and across communities.

Lara Kaur will be working with The City of Berkeley’s Healthy Berkeley Program.

The Healthy Berkeley Program oversees the City’s grants to community agencies aimed at raising awareness about the harmful health impacts of sugary beverages and the benefits of choosing water as the beverage-of-choice.  For more information on the Healthy Berkeley Program please visit www.healthyberkeley.com


Print Public – Public Art Project Along San Pablo Ave

Kala Art Institute is thrilled to announce that our public art residency & community engagement project, Print Public, has evolved and is back with new funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program. Kala looked for projects that will tie in print and digital media in site specific and experimental ways, and will be outside and offsite.

We are excited to be hosting two artist teams that will create temporary public art that engages the community along San Pablo Avenue in Kala’s West Berkeley neighborhood. These selected artists will receive an artist stipend and a 14-month residency at Kala with 24/7 access to our printmaking studio and digital lab.

Public sites are determined by the artists and respective businesses. Kala will assist in creating relationships with surrounding partners of the past Print Public projects, or aid in coming up with new creative endeavors. The 2021/22 competition was juried by a panel that included Kala’s Artisitc Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod, and Print Public alumni artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

For questions about the online application guidelines, please see our residency page, and if further information is needed please e-mail Artist Residency Manager, Meg Pohlod at meghan@kala.org.

About the artists in collaboration – Related Tactics, for Print Public :

Weston Teruya is an artist born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and living and working in Oakland, California who moves between individual and collective modes of practice. In his individual work, he has created projects for the Mills College Art Museum (Oakland), University of Hawai’i, Manoa (Honolulu), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop (San Francisco), and Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum (New York), as well as the public art programs of the San Francisco and Alameda County Arts Commissions. Weston’s work has been supported by grants and awards from Artadia, Asian Cultural Council, Creative Work Fund, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He has been an artist-in-residence at A. Farm – Saigon, Montalvo Arts Center, Ox-Bow, Mills College A+P+I program, the deYoung Museum, Recology SF, and Kala Art Institute.

Weston is also one-third of Related Tactics, a collective of transdisciplinary artists of color who create projects at the intersection of race and culture to examine questions of equity and power. We have produced projects for the Museum of Capitalism (New York iteration), Wexner Center for the Arts (upcoming, Columbus, OH), and the Berkeley Art Center (Berkeley, CA). Our publication intervention, Shelf Life, is designed and distributed through Sming Sming Books. Our public project along the 3rd Street corridor in the Bayview, The future now, curated by Astria Suparak for the University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery, launches in November.

Nathan Watson currently lives and works in San Francisco as an artist and the Executive Director of the Bayview arts non-profit Public Glass. His practice investigates issues from equity and privilege to materiality and labor, but always with a focus on practical applications in addressing complex social issues. Before pursuing his graduate degree at the California College of Arts in 2004, Nate received a BA in history from Centre College and was awarded grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Rhode Island Council For the Arts for his work concerning immigration and craft. Through his time with Public Glass, Nate has developed educational programs supporting youth of color, created marketplaces for Bayview entrepreneurs, and worked with the city to implement storefront capital improvements along the 3rd Street corridor.

Michele Carlson is a multidisciplinary practitioner working across the fields of art, writing, publishing, and collective practice. She has received residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Montalvo Center for the Arts. She is currently working on a manuscript titled The Visits, which examines the way kinship and family are constructed set against the backdrop of incarceration and transnational adoption. She is the former Executive Director at Art Practical and taught at California College of the Arts. She is currently Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Corcoran School or Art and Design at George Washington University.


About the artists in collaboration for Print Public:

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Cristine Blanco is an interdisciplinary artist who explores cultural identity through food and the home environment, issues of public land and ocean access, and socioeconomic inequalities caused by climate change. Calling attention to the odd and uncomfortable, she creates a sensory vernacular by making paintings, sculpture, video and installation. A recent MFA Mills College graduate, she exhibited works at Root Division, SOMArts Cultural Center, Depart Foundation, and Slide Space 123. She is recipient for the 2019 Murphy & Cadogan Award and as part of her showcase she hosted a public community event titled, “Coconut Workshop Deluxe”. Participants discussed memories tied to food and labor through the process of making coconut milk from scratch. She was nominated for the 2020 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center.  Cristine Blanco is also the co-founder of “Far House” a temporary outdoor gallery space based in Pescadero, CA.

Emma Logan is an artist and educator based in Sonoma County, CA. In 2020 she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by a BA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics in 2018 at San Francisco State University. With a heavy research and process driven practice Emma uses organic mediums like clay, wool, and paper to make sculpture and installation work. The tactile nature of these chosen mediums is an important link to her areas of focus: geographic identity, land use, agriculture, and our varied and sometimes complicated relationships with food. Equally as important for the artist is engagement with the viewer through touch, sound, smell, and taste. Her most recent work is a mail art seed sharing project started in April 2020 in response to food scarcity, the privilege of land access, and isolation from community connection, with participants across the US.

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