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 Competition
The 2017 Fellowship competition will be juried by Kala’s Artistic Director and a panel that includes one Fellowship alumni artist, Jamil Hellu and one invited arts professional, Sage Perrott. Deadline extended: May 25, 2017

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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.