How to Apply

Artists interested in becoming a part of the Kala community through the Artist-In-Residence program can apply online at Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. Please review our contracts rates 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.

Applications are reviewed three times per year: March 15, July 15, and October 15. Applications are reviewed by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager and in consultation with Kala’s print studio and digital art lab managers. We are looking for existing technical knowledge and the ability to work independently on Kala’s specialized equipment along with artistic and conceptual strength. Applicants will find out if they have been accepted approximately two to three weeks after the application deadline. Kala’s Studio Managers sometimes require the artist to complete certain classes or technical tutorials before beginning the residency. If this is the case, the artist is given a list of the classes/tutorials required. At this point the artist may accept or reject the offer of a residency.

Annual Application deadlines:
March 15 (for residencies starting in May, June, July, August, or September)

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

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

*We do not have residency options to start in December.

A Full Application Includes:
-Completed application questions
-Artist resumé or CV
-Work samples, up to 5 images and/or 5 minutes of video

Apply online at
Please note: hardcopy or email submissions are not accepted.
For more information, e-mail

Are you an artist-in-residence alumni looking to return?  You do not need to submit a slideroom application, but please email Kala’s Artist Residency Manager, at least 3 months in advance of the dates you’d like to come back to Kala.

Housing Facilities and Services
*We are able to offer 2 private bedrooms in a two bedroom fully furnished apartment located catty corner to Kala’s facilities.
*Kala housing accommodations add an addition $800 per month to each artist residency contract  and that includes a room with shared kitchen, living, and bath room. Non residency participants are not permitted to live or stay on premises.
*Washer and Dryer in unit.
*Workout space and a top floor community deck with views of the Berkeley Hills.
*Residents are in charge of their own meals and groceries.
*Housing is limited and is not guaranteed, an additional housing list is available for local community members who rent out space in their homes.

Left to right: Room 1:Printers Paradise, Living Room, Room 2: Setswell Suite


Shelter in Studio: Kala Art Institute – hosted by San Francisco Center for the Book. Meg Pohlod, Nick Shick, and Gabriela Yoque talk about the studio space and residency program at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA.