Fellowship Program

Kala Fellowship Public Programs

Now in its thirty first year, The Kala Fellowship Program is an international competition that annually grants eight artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery, through a competitive jurying process.

In our 2016 application pool, we were so pleased to receive a particularly large, diverse, and strong group of applications representing a wide range of media and disciplines, which were submitted by artists based throughout the world. We received 219 applications and Kala has awarded eight Fellowships plus three Honorable AIR awards. Our Honorable AIR Awardees receive a one month studio residency.

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.