Print Public Residency Program

From its founding days, Kala was envisioned as a place where people gather to exchange creative ideas and share technology and tools. Expanding on this idea, Print Public takes this exchange from the Kala studios out to San Pablo Avenue. Specifically, Print Public provides an opportunity for artists to create temporary public art along the San Pablo Avenue corridor, meeting people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, shops, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community.

Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide a platform for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public has been supported by California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities, The James Irvine Foundation, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and the National Endowment of the Arts Our Town program.

We are thrilled to announce that Kala’s public art residency & community engagement project Print Public has EVOLVED and is back with new funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program.

There are two program Applications for  Print Public

Application 1:

Print Public – Municipal Artist Residency at City of Berkeley

KQED Article about this upcoming residency!

Two Bay Area artists or artist teams to work as cultural strategists within the City of Berkeley in a pilot municipal artist-in-residence program. In addition to working at the City of Berkeley, selected artists will receive $7,500 and a 14-month residency at Kala with 24/7 access to our printmaking studio and digital lab. Print Public will be juried by a panel that includes Kala’s Gallery Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Managing Director Ellen Lake, and three City of Berkeley staff from the partnering departments. Four finalists will be selected and paid $500 to prepare a proposal for a presentation to the jury panel. The panel will select two artists or artist team  to become artists at the City of Berkeley’s inaugural municipal artists-in-residence.

About the new municipal artist-in-residence program:

Kala’s Print Public initiative is looking for 2 Bay Area artists or an artist team to work as cultural strategists at the City of Berkeley’s Health, Housing & Community Service to work on issues related to community well-being and resilience and recovery in the age of COVID-19.

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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Application 2:

Print Public – Public Art Project Along San Pablo Ave

Kala Art Institute is thrilled to announce that our public art residency & community engagement project, Print Public, has evolved and is back with new funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town program. Kala is looking for projects that will tie in print and digital media in site specific and experimental ways, and can be outside and offsite.

We are seeking two Bay Area artists or artists team to create temporary public art that engages the community along San Pablo Avenue in Kala’s West Berkeley neighborhood. Selected artists will receive $7,500 and a 14-month residency at Kala with 24/7 access to our printmaking studio and digital lab.

Public sites are determined by the artists and respective businesses. Kala will assist in creating relationships with surrounding partners of the past Print Public projects, or aid in coming up with new creative endeavors. The 2020 competition will be juried by a panel that includes Kala’s Gallery Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod, and Print Public alumni artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

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Each Print Public Award Includes:

Cash Award: $7,500
Studio Residency: Up to 14 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. Covid-19 restrictions may apply to in person classes, the adult classes coordinator can elaborate upon artists arrival.
Exhibition: Each artist selected is included in a culminating exhibition, TBD 2021. Public programs for artists are also possible and determined on an individual basis with each artist and following Covid-19 protocol.
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 Print Public project period is October 1, 2020 through March 30, 2022.

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 award will affect a specific future project and/or how it will impact your overall practice.
-Artist CV
-Documentation of recent work (see specifications on the online application for guidelines according to discipline)
-Two References
-Application Deadline has passed for 2020/2021.

Print Public Info Session: Check out our recording on our YouTube page!

Please note:
– This is a studio residency only; housing is not included.
– Students who will be enrolled in a degree granting program in the 2020-2021 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 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
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
Imin Yeh

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