Print Public Residency Program

Print Public – Municipal Artist-in-Residence

Print Public, Kala’s public art residency has a new call for artists out for the second round of the municipal artist-in-residence program in partnership with the City of Berkeley!

We’re in the midst of the selection process and will announce the municipal artist-in-residence in early Feb 2023. You can learn more about the program below.

Call for artists: Two local artists or artist teams to work as cultural strategists within the City of Berkeley in the second iteration of the municipal artist-in-residence program. In addition to working at the City of Berkeley, selected artists will receive $9,000 (and an additional $1,000 for materials) and a 16-month residency at Kala with 24/7 access to our printmaking studio, digital lab, and other facilities. The selection process will be facilitated by Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Lead, Berkeley Civic Arts, and juried by a panel that includes Kala’s Co-Directors Mayumi Hamanaka and Ellen Lake, a City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commissioner, and City of Berkeley Planning Department team Robert Rivera and Katie Van Dyke. The panel will select two artists or artist teams  to work with the City of Berkeley’s Planning Department for the 2023-2024 municipal artists-in-residence.

About the municipal artist-in-residence program:

Kala’s Print Public initiative is looking for 2 Bay Area artists or an artist teams to work as cultural strategists at the City of Berkeley’s Planning Department. The Planning Department is currently working on two projects that will be the focus of the municipal artist-in-residence program: the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan; and the Pilot Climate Equity Fund. One artist/artist team will be selected per area of focus, and will be paired with a City of Berkeley Staff member “host” directly involved with those initiatives.  To download a pdf of the call for artists, click here.

What is a cultural strategist?
-A cultural strategist is a thought partner who uses creative thinking and culture as a way to address community issues or de-tangle community knots.
-A cultural strategist is an artist that may or may not make an object.
-A cultural strategist often focuses on policies and advocacy, community organizing, and community engagement.

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Each Print Public Award Includes:
Cash Award: $9,000 project stipend, and an additional $1,000 for materials
Studio Residency: Up to 16 months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces. An individual studio space may be also available depending on proposed projects and schedules.
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 a culminating exhibition in 2024 (Dates TBD). Artists will also create concurrent public programming that is free and accessible to the Berkeley community.
Community: Access to a community and network of approximately 125+ artists working at Kala annually, participation in Kala events, and support of Kala staff.

Program Period
The Print Public project period is January 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

A Full Application Includes:
-Completed Application Form, you can apply on Slideroom.
-Statement of Interest in working at Kala Art Institute and how the Print Public municipal artist-in-residence fits with your current practice and goals.
-Artist CV
-Documentation of recent work (see specifications on the online application for guidelines according to discipline)

Please note:
– This is a studio residency only; housing is not included.
– Students who will be enrolled in a degree granting program in the 2023-2024 academic years are not eligible for the award.

For questions about the online application guidelines, e-mail ellen@kala.org

Print Public Projects

2021-2022 Print Public – San Pablo Avenue 
Emma Logan and Cristine Blanco
Related Tactics: Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, & Nathan Watson 

2021-2022 Print Public – Municipal Artist-in-Residence with the City of Berkeley
Christine Wong Yap
Lara Kaur

2018-2019 Print Public
Christy Chan
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh
Grace Rosario Perkins
Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari
t.w.five
Lexa Walsh 

2016-2017 Print Public
Drew Cameron – Rags Make Paper
Ramekon O’Arwisters – Crochet Jam
Mildred Howard – Home
Marksearch – Commons Archive
Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez – Ms. Tica
Jenifer K Wofford – Mettle Detection

2013-2015 Print Public
Taro Hattori
Taraneh Hemami
Susan O’Malley
Sue Mark
Swell
Imin Yeh

To view the publication for the first iteration of Print Public and learn more about their projects, please look here.

To learn more about the origins of Print Public’s municipal artist residency program, read the KQED Article by Sarah Hotchkiss.