Artist-in-Residence Program


Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. Please review our application instructions and residency rates here to determine what option works best for you; 6-month residencies are available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have completed a 3-month residency.


Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo processes, book arts, and digital media including video production can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence. Residency applications are accepted online three times per year. Artists who apply for a residency should be familiar with at least one of the media and equipment offered at Kala. Considerations for acceptance are conceptual creativity and technical knowledge.

Resident artists receive year-round 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop, digital lab, black and white darkroom, individual storage space, small project spaces (if available), possible exposure on Kala’s website and in other exhibitions at Kala or outside exhibition spaces, and participation in a vital, international artistic community. Current Artists-In-Residence receive a 20% discount on Kala Workshops and Classes here.

Kala now offers limited housing located across the street from Kala’s facilities. Kala’s shared artist apartment is an additional $1000/month, and a $150 non-refundable housing deposit is applied towards the residency fee. Please note that Kala’s shared artist apartment is a 2 bedroom apartment, meaning you will be living with a roommate and sharing a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. The apartment cannot accommodate partners, co-parents, or children. An additional housing list is available from local community members who rent out space in their homes. In this case, artists are responsible for finding their own housing.

Annual Application Deadlines:

January 15 (for residencies starting in March, April, May, June, July, or August)

July 15 (for residencies starting in September, October, November, December, or January)

October 15 (for residencies starting in December, January, February, March, April, or May)

Are you an artist-in-residence alumni looking to return?  Returning AIRs are always welcome back at any time in the future without any additional application! Please email Kala’s Artist Residency Manager, Leyla Rzayeva at at least 2-3 months in advance.

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