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: January 15, July 15, and October 15. Applications are reviewed by Kala’s Artistic Director/Co-Director, Artist Residency Manager and an additional staff in consultation with Kala’s print studio manager and digital lab technician. 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 three-four weeks after the application deadline. In certain cases, artists are required 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.

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)

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: 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. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $150 is due in 2 weeks after confirmation of housing, and will be applied towards  your monthly housing costs.
*Kala housing accommodations add an addition $1000 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.