Application Guidelines


For over 35 years, Kala Art Institute has annual awarded artists time, space, and financial support for their work through the Kala Fellowship award. The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge.

In 2021, Kala will award six artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to twelve months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media. This year with the aid of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, one of the six awards will go towards supporting a parent artist!


Please watch our Information Session Recording from May 12th, 2021 for more information on the 2021/2022 award cycle: 

Each Fellowship Award Includes:
Cash Award: $3,000
Studio Residency: Up to twelve months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces.
Kala Class: One class or tutorial session that will provide training in a chosen area of printmaking and/or digital media
Exhibition: Each artist selected is included in our annual group exhibition of Fellowship artists. Public programs for artists are also possible and determined on an individual basis with each artist.
Community: Access to a community and network of approximately 75-80 artists working at Kala, participation in Kala events, and support of Kala staff.

Program Period
The 2021-2022 Fellowship residency period is October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Artists must be able to schedule a residency during that time. The group exhibition schedule is to be determined.

2021 Competition
The 2021 Fellowship competition will be chaired by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod. The jury is made up of  Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka,  Print Public alumni artist Imin Yeh, and invited Bay Area arts professional, Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, Chief Curator of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.  

The application is OPEN for this program.  Please visit Slideroom! Application deadline: June 4th, 2021.  

A Full Application Includes:
-Completed Application Form, you can apply on Slideroom.
-Statement of Interest in working at Kala Art Institute and how a Fellowship Award will affect a specific future project and/or how it will impact your overall practice.
-Artist CV
-Documentation of recent work: Provide 1-15 items. Allowed Media Types: Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each), 3D Models, External media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud
-Two References
-$10 Application Fee

Please note:
– This is a studio residency only; limited housing is included. Upon receipt of award, artists will be notified.
– Students who will be enrolled in a degree granting program in the 2021-2022 academic year are not eligible for the award. For questions about the online application guidelines, e-mail Artist Residency Manager, Meg Pohlod at