How to Apply


Artists interested in becoming a part of the Kala community can apply online at  – the next deadline is Jan 15th!

Annual Application Deadlines:

January 15 (for residencies starting in or after March 2024*)

May 15 (for residencies starting in or after August 2024*)

October 15 (for residencies starting in or after January 2025*)

*Artists are welcome to schedule within 12 months after acceptance.

Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. Please review our contract 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.

Applications are reviewed by Kala’s Co-Director, Artist Residency Manager, and additional staff in consultation with Kala’s print studio manager and digital lab technician. The jury considers skill in the proposed project area that matches the resources available at Kala, along with artistic and conceptual strength.

Kala’s studio environment is designed for artists who can work independently and/or collaboratively without staff assistance. Staff will provide basic orientations, which include information about functionality, tips & tricks, and individual “personalities” of our presses, machinery, and processes in the studio; however, we can’t offer instruction. If you are new to a piece of equipment or a technical process, we encourage you to take a class to gain proficiency. You can view Kala Art Classes & Workshops here.

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 Artist Residency Manager Leyla Rzayeva at /

Are you an artist-in-residence alumni looking to return?  Please email Kala’s Artist Residency: at least 2-3 months in advance of the dates you’d like to come back to Kala. Returning AIRs are always welcome back without any additional application!

Housing Facilities and Services

Kala’s artist apartment: Kala’s two shared artist apartments (two, 2-bedroom apartments) are an additional $1200/month, and a $200 non-refundable housing deposit is applied towards the residency fee. Please note each 2-bedroom unit is shared, meaning you will be living with a roommate and sharing a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. We cannot accommodate partners, co-parents, or children. Apartment availability is limited to 4 artist-in-residence each month; we have an alternative housing list also available.

*Non-residency participants are not permitted to live or stay on the 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 meals and groceries.

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


Throwback to 2021!

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.