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.

The 2015 Fellowship application is now online!
Learn more here.

In 2014, 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 and Kala awarded nine Fellowships plus six Honorable Mention awards.

2014-2015 Fellowship Artists:

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

Honorary AIR Awardees:

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

Our jurors in 2014 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.


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.