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The Kala Gallery is a light filled 2,200 square foot exhibition space. The gallery presents approximately six exhibitions each year in a wide range of media by both emerging and recognized artists. Two of the exhibitions feature new works by Kala Fellowship artists and Artist-in-Residence working in print, digital media, video, installation, performance, photography and book arts. The remainder of Kala’s annual programming focuses on curated exhibitions assembled around a unifying theme, process or media.

Art Kala 2020 Auction Benefit

As we all work together to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to adapt and make changes to all of Kala’s programs. Currently, we are working to re-imagine the culmination of Kala’s auction benefit. Those of you who have tickets for April 4th, please be patient as we figure out next steps.  The auction end-date will be on June 27, 2020.

You can participate in the auction both online and throughout the auction exhibition. When the stay at home orders change, the gallery will be open by appointment. Staff will be available to help visitors with bidder numbers and bidding throughout the exhibition. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. You can view artwork on Artsy and place your bid by emailing us.

To arrange a time to view the auction exhibition, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, mayumi@kala.org or Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org, 510-520-6438

To place a proxy bid on auction artwork, contact Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org

To directly support Kala through membership, donations, or sponsorships, contact Ellen Lake, ellen@kala.org

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Print Public 2015

GALLERY LOCATION 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 510-841-7000 GALLERY HOURS Tuesday-Friday, Noon-5:00p.m. Saturday, Noon-4:30 p.m. Other times by appointment

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Artists Opportunities

Kala Art Institute offers several artists’ opportunities throughout the year.

Art Kala 2020 – Open Call: Response
Deadline: June 14, 2020.
Responding to our current climate of grief and cry for changes, Open Call: Response invites artists to submit any form of digital content that responds to our current events.

It can be imagery, it can be messaging, performance, or emotions. We open up and share Kala’s platform to those who need us most during this difficult time. Art can be many things: a way to grieve, a way to heal, a way to protest. Use this opportunity to do what you must do during these trying times.

This call was originally created as a creative challenge for artists to engage with Art Kala 2020 Auction during a time where art making was reconsidered within new confines.

For more details and to submit your work, click here.

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Artists Activating Communities

Artists Activating Communities

Print Public Residency Program

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 is supported, in part, by California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities.

Commons Archive by marksearch

Exinclusivity – Space of Inclusion by Taro Hattori


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Commons Archive

Prototyping for the Golden Gate Library Local Collection, a new research series for the neighborhood branch library

Commons Archive, organized by artist and cultural researcher Sue Mark/marksearch in partnership with the local library and community organizations, honors neighbors as creators, narrators and participants of the many histories in this dynamically changing North Oakland neighborhood.

Building on a six-year creative relationship with Kala through Print Public, continuing through 2020, Commons Archive will work with neighbors and community organizations to gather and preserve the area’s sounds, stories and images. Neighbors and passersby will experience the community’s layered stories as choreographed visual and performative narratives unfolding through evening projections on significant buildings, street banners, and celebrations of local music.

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Facility Rentals

Make your event a work of art!

Host your next cocktail party, reception, or special event at Kala Art Institute & Gallery, a unique contemporary art center in Berkeley.

Kala’s facility features a spacious, 2,200 sq. ft. gallery, conference room, light-filled classroom, and large mixed-use artist project space for individual or small group art exhibitions. The gallery and adjoining spaces are perfect for private parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, lectures, screenings, performances, workshops, and photo/video shoots.

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