Kala Art institute, Artist in Residency program
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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. This year, we were so pleased to receive a particularly large, diverse, and strong group of applications representing a wide range of media and disciplines, which were submitted by artists based throughout the world. We received 330 applications this year and Kala has awarded nine Fellowships plus six Honorable Mention awards.

Our jurors this year were Ranu Mukherjee, Alumni Fellowship Artist and Xiaoyu Weng, Curator, Writer, and Director of Asian Programs for the Kadist Art Foundation and Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium in San Francisco.

Kala is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Fellowship Awards:

Miguel Aragón, Brooklyn, NY
Felipe Castelblanco Olaya, Columbus, OH
Lea Cetera, New York, NY
Sofia Córdova, Emeryville, CA
Alinka Echeverria, Mexico City, Mexico
Richelle Gribble, Idyllwild, CA
Zohra Opoku, Accra North, Ghana
Maiko Sugano, Ibaraki, Japan
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Seattle, WA

Kala is also pleased to announce Honorary AIR Awardees. The following artists will receive a one-month residency:

Hayv Kahraman, Oakland, CA
Jess Rowland, New York, NY
Rhonda Holberton, Oakland, CA
Shiyuan Lui, Copenhagen, Denmark
Imin Yeh, Berkeley, CA
Ali Kaaf, Berlin, Germany


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.

Please check back on our website in early 2015 for details about the next application round.