Media Arts Residency Program

2021-2022 Media Arts Residency Award

Kala Art Institute provides Media Arts Residency Awardees with up to a twelve-month residency with 24/7 access to Kala’s facilities, along with the opportunity to produce work in collaboration with Kala programs, a culminating exhibition in the Kala gallery, and in-house expertise for the duration of the residency. Artists working in and across video, sound, performance cinema, and installation will continue this program into its fourth year, a creative residency at Kala to create multi-media projects that culminate in Kala programming.

Awarded artists will have access to both Kala’s Digital Art Lab and Print Studio. Kala’s media center provides computer suites loaded with software for image, video, and sound editing, cameras, projectors, zoom sound recorders, high-quality scanners, and large-scale printers.

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

How to Apply
The application is closed for this program, please check back in Winter 2022.

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

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.

Program Period
The 2021-2022 Media Award 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.

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

2021-2022 Media Arts Residency Awardees:

Esy Casey (Diemen, Netherlands/Beacon, NY)
Cherrie Yu (Chicago, IL)
Ai Iwane (Tokyo, Japan) – Instagram: @ai_iwane
Jamal Ademola (Los Angeles, CA) – Instagram: @jamalademola

Honorary AIR Awardees:
Rosa Park (San Francisco, CA)
Miguel Aragon (Staten Island, NY)

2020-2021 Media Arts Residency Awardees:

Pegah Pasalar (Chicago, IL)
Alexa Burell (Oakland, CA)
Naomi van Niekerk (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Honorary AIR Awardees:
Richard-Jonathan Nelson (San Francisco, CA)
Cuyler Ballenger (Houston, TX)
Annie Albagli (San Francisco, CA)

2019-2020 Media Arts Residency Awardees:
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (San Francisco, CA)
Nkiruka Oparah (Oakland, CA)
Azin Seraj (Alameda, CA)
Naomi van Niekerk (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Honorary AIR Awardees:
Lacey Johnson (Oakland, CA)
Haejin Kim (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

2018-2019 Media Arts Residency Awardees:
Kevin Brophy (Tampa, FL)
Veronica Graham (Alameda, CA)
Tess Martin (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Nicky Tavares (Alameda, CA)
Minoosh Zomorodinia (Albany, CA)

2017-2018 Media Arts Residency Awardees:
Zhiwan Cheung (Pittsburgh, PA)
Lydia Greer (Alameda, CA)
Sarah Klein and David Kwan (San Francisco, CA)
Christoph Steger (Oakland, CA)

Honorary AIR Awardees:
Shaghayegh Cyrous (Walnut Creek, CA)
Motoko Honda (Oakland, CA)
Wioleta Kaminska (San Francisco, CA)
Kate Rhoades (Oakland, CA)