Fellowship Program


For over 30 years, Kala Art Institute has annually 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.

2017-2018 Fellowship Artists:
Jennifer Basile (Miami, FL)
Rachel Livedalen (Fort Worth, TX)
Yuki Maruyama (Oakland, CA)
JoAnne McFarland (Brooklyn, NY)
Robert Minervini (San Francisco, CA)
Golbanou Moghaddas (San Francisco, CA)
Lorena Guadalupe Molina (Clinton, NY)
Tyler Starr (Davidson, NC)

Honorary AIR Awardees:

Myles Dunigan (Lawrence, KS)
Casey Gardner (Berkeley, CA)
Joyce Ertel Hulbert (Berkeley, CA)
Anais Lera (Brussels, Belgium)
Cathy Lu (San Francisco, CA)

Our jurors in 2017 were Jamil Hellu, Alumni Fellowship Artist and Sage Perrott, arts professional and Adjunct Professor at Utah State University.

2016-2017 Fellowship Artists:

Antonius Bui, Sugar Land, TX
Lydia Cohen, London, UK
Pantea Karimi, San Jose, CA
Erin McElroy, San Francisco, CA
Masako Miki, Berkeley, CA
Elian Stolarsky, Montevideo, Uruguay
Weston Teruya, Berkeley, CA
Leila Weefur, Oakland, CA

Honorary AIR Awardees:

Julia Goodman, Oakland, CA
Tom GreyEyes, Oakland, CA
Galen Jackson, Berkeley, CA

Our jurors in 2016 were Terry Berlier, Alumni Fellowship Artist and Cathy Kimball, Executive Director and Chief Curator, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.