Kala welcomes 120+ artists over the course of a year to work in the Kala studios. We offer a variety of artist residency contracts. The contract is a binding agreement between Kala and the artist that they will stay the amount of time that they have committed to and will abide by the terms of the residency.
Kala offers contract rates for different working needs and artist experiences. The initial contracts come in lengths of 1, 2, or 3 month options at full or part time rates. Part time artists limit their studio days to 3 days per week (for as long as 12 hours per visit). Full time artists can use the studio as much as they would like, around the clock. Kala now offers limited housing; 2 private bedrooms in a two bedroom fully furnished apartment located catty-corner to Kala’s facilities. Housing is limited and for an additional cost of $1,000 as of January 1, 2023.
Contracts are for single artists, or we have a collaborative residency option. All artists are asked to donate one print (or equivalent from an edition or multiple) per contract to our growing archive, which began in 1974 and includes work from over 2,500 artists that have worked at Kala.
All artist residencies are highly subsidized and are made possible through generous donations from foundations and individuals. Rates are effective February 1, 2020.
2 Week Contract: for artist housing and studio access $1,000
Full-time studio access and artist housing available only to artists who reside outside the state of California.
*Please note Kala’s artist housing is limited and if space is available adds an additional $1,000 to the artist residency contracts listed below.
1, 2, or 3 Month Part Time Contract: $305 per month
3 days per week studio access
1, 2, or 3 Month Full Time Contract: $455 per month
4 to 7 days per week studio access
6 Month Part Time Contract: $230 per month
3 days per week studio access available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency
6 Month Contract – Full Time: $375 per month
4 to 7 days per week studio access available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency
12-Month Part Time Contract: $2,400 per year
3 days per week studio access available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency. This is a one-time annual payment
For artists working collaboratively, we have created a 1+ residency rate, which is 1.5x the 1 person rate:
Short Term (1-3 month) contract: $435 for part time access (3 days/week) and $645/mo for full time access (4-7 days/week).
Long Term (6 month) contract: $325 for part time access (3 days/week) and $535 for full time access (4-7 days/week).
Emerging AIR Program
For artists who have graduated from a BA, BFA, or MFA program in the last 12 months, Kala is pleased to provide a discounted residency rate to artists for one year after graduation. Rates are $230 per month for a part time 1, 2, or 3 month contract, and $420 per month for a full time contract.
Senior AIR Program
Senior artists (65+ years of age) will receive a $25 per month discount on all residency rates.
Available to former artists-in-residence only
$75 per day (12 hour use; no storage space)