Kala Art Institute provides space and equipment to artists working in and across the fields of printmaking, photography, performance, installation and media arts through our Artist-In-Residence (AIR) and Fellowship programs. Artists accepted into our residency programs receive access to Kala’s facilities, which include the Print Studio, an 8,000 square foot printmaking facility, and the Electronic Media Center, digital media lab. Through a wide array of equipment resources, communal space, a dynamic artist community, a 2,200 light-filled square foot gallery, print and media study center, and exhibition opportunities, Kala offers artists a unique and supportive environment to experiment and make new work.

Artist-in-Residence Program

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The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s Print Studio and Electronic Media Center. Established in 1974, Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term communal studio space at low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists. The program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of approximately seventy-five artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Fellowship Program

James Voller, Like That But Not That, 2016
James Voller, Like That But Not That, 2016

Now in its thirtieth year, the Kala Fellowship Program is an international competition that annually grants eight artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s studio facilities for up to six months, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery, through a competitive jurying process. The Fellowship Award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment. Artists producing innovative work in interdisciplinary practices, digital media, printmaking, installation, social practice, and photography are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge.

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Print Public Residency Program

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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 print media and socially engaged art projects and meets people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community. Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide opportunities 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 is supported, in part, by the California Arts CouncilJames Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, and UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

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Parent Artist Residency Program

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Kala is pleased to offer residency opportunities and studio access to artists with children under 18 through our Parent Artist Residency Program. We recognize that each artist-family has its own set of challenges when seeking a residency program. Families with multiple children of varying ages have different requirements than families with older, more independent children. By offering a flexible residency experience in addition to our standard residency programs, we hope to create multiple entry points for artists to create artwork amidst the ever-evolving and diverse demands of family life. The Parent Artist Residency Program at Kala is generously supported by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

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Custom Printing

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Realize your project at Kala Art Institute

Kala Art Institute is a multidisciplinary printmaking studio located in West Berkeley, California since 1974. Besides working as an international and diverse workshop forum for artists, Kala also provides custom printing services. Over time, a number of artists have worked at Kala to create and publish prints, on a variety of materials.

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