Kala Art institute, Artist in Residency program
Kala Art institute, Artist in Residency program fellowship Kala Art institute, Artist in Residency program
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Now in its thirtieth year, The Kala Fellowship Program is an international competition that annually grants eight 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 competitive jurying process.

In our 2015 application pool, 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 275 applications and Kala has awarded eight Fellowships plus four Honorable AIR awards. Our Honorable AIR Awardees receive a one month studio residency.

2015-2016 Fellowship Artists:

Takuji Hamanaka, Brooklyn, NY
Jamil Hellu, San Francisco, CA
Lucy Puls, Berkeley, CA
Ronny Quevedo, Bronx, NY
Neil Rivas, San Francisco, CA
Leah Rosenberg, San Francisco, CA
James Voller, Melbourne, Australia
Christine Wong Yap, Astoria, NY

Honorary AIR Awardees:

Bijan Yashar, Albany, CA
Chris Thorson, Napa, CA
Katie Baldwin, Huntsville, AL
David Tim, San Francisco, CA

Our jurors in 2015 were Genevieve Quick, Alumni Fellowship Artist and Kevin B. Chen, Independent Bay Area Curator, Writer, and Visual Artist.


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 are given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge.

Hosting 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.