The Kala Fellowship, an international competition, annually grants nine artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery, through a highly competitive jurying process. Kala was pleased to receive a particularly strong and diverse group of applications representing a wide range of media and disciplines, which were submitted by artists based throughout the world. We received 274 applications this year and Kala has awarded nine Fellowships plus six Honorable Mention awards, listed below.
Our jurors this year were Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Chris Duncan, artist and alumni of the Kala Fellowship program.
Kala is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Fellowship Awards:
Brian Barr, Detroit, MI
Ben Bigelow, Oakland, CA
Tammy Rae Carland, Oakland, CA
Corey Escoto, Pittsburgh, PA
Amy Ho, San Francisco, CA
John Davis, Oakland, CA
James Sterling Pitt, San Francisco, CA
Cybele Lyle, Oakland, CA
Andrew Connelly, Placerville, CA
Kala is also pleased to announce Honorable Mention awards of a one-month residency for these artists:
Llewellyn Fletcher, Oakland, CA
Bessma Khalaf, Oakland, CA
Sahar Khoury, Oakland, CA
Jesselisa Moretti, Los Angeles, CA
Emma Spertus, Oakland, CA
Hillary Wiedemann, Oakland, CA
The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in book arts, electronic/digital media (video, sound, animation, etc.), installation art, social practice, photography, and printmaking are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards will be given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge.
The Kala Fellowship Program annually grants nine artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala's specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media.
This year Kala has reserved at least one of the nine awards for a one month Artist Project Space residency, where the artists' projects are developed in an open to the public studio space for one month as part of their full fellowship residency. This program is geared toward artists making work that is appropriate to develop onsite and engages the public in some form. Another of the nine awards is designated for a California artist living outside of a main metropolitan area with funding provided by The James Irvine Foundation.
Hosting nine new artists at Kala each year helps to ensure that the artistic energy and vision of Kala’s entire community of artists in residence is continually re-energized and rejuvenated.
The 2013 Fellowship competition is closed. Please look for information about the 2014 competition early next year.