KALA ART INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECEIVES 2012 ALAMEDA COUNTY ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Kala Art Institute Board of Directors is pleased to announce Executive Director Archana Horsting is the recipient of a 2012 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. This award by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Arts Commission acknowledges her commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Alameda County, providing leadership in the arts, and serving as a role model to others.

Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano co-founded Kala Art Institute in 1974 with one etching press and a single hotplate in a garage.   For nearly four decades, with tenacity, vision and unwavering commitment to Kala’s mission to support the creative work of artists and to share this work with the public, Archana has led the efforts to build the Institute into the multifaceted creative hub it is today, actively serving a large and diverse community.  

The award recipients will be honored by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors through a commendation ceremony presented in conjunction with the County’s celebration of California Arts Day and National Arts and Humanities Month on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

The event will take place at the Alameda County Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1221 Oak Street, 5th floor, Oakland. For more information and to RSVP contact Rachel Osajima, Alameda County Arts Commission, at (510) 271-5162 or rachel.osajima@acgov.org.

Nominations for the Arts Leadership Awards Program were submitted by Alameda County community members. The Alameda County Arts Commission reviewed the nominations and selected five individuals to receive the award, representing all of the districts of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

The 2012 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award Recipients:
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District One: Lisa A. Tromovitch
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District Two: Valerie Snart
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District Three: Margo Dunlap
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District Four: Terry Liebowitz
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District Five: Archana Horsting

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Kala Fellowship Artists Panel Discussion – With artists Michele Carlson, Seth Koen, Sandra Ono and Gail Wight.

Kala Fellowship Artists Panel Discussion -With artists Michele Carlson, Seth Koen, Sandra Ono and Gail Wight.
Saturday, September 15th, 2:00 pm,Kala Gallery, Berkeley.
Panel Discussion will be followed by a Closing Reception for Kala Gallery’s Residency Projects exhibition.

Saturday, September 15th marks the end of Kala’s 2011-2012 Fellowship residency cycle as well as the last day of Kala Gallery’s “Residency Projects” exhibition. In conjunction with this, Kala will host a Panel Discussion with presentations by Kala Fellows Michele Carlson, Seth Koen, Sandra Ono and Gail Wight. Lauren Davies, Kala’s Director of Exhibitions, will serve as moderator.
The current “Residency Projects” exhibition includes new work by four other Kala Fellows: Randy Colosky, Alison OK Frost, Vanessa Marsh, Francesca Pastine and Lauren Rice. Each of these Fellowship awardees gave presentations earlier in the year.

Please join us for the Panel Discussion and stay for the reception & party. The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Kala Gallery/Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Av., Berkeley, CA 94702
510-841-7000 www.kala.org

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Print + Intervene: An Incomplete Survey of Print Actions in Contemporary Art

Print + Intervene: An Incomplete Survey of Print Actions in Contemporary Art
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm
at Kala Gallery

Independent curator and writer Christian L. Frock presents a broad survey of the strategic use of print media as a form of intervention by contemporary artists in the public realm, inclusive of a wide range of techniques from traditional printmaking to digital output.

Invisible Venue, founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. It is a small, free-floating, non-bureaucratic, contextually open-ended forum that encourages artists to make art that takes place in and engages with the world at large.

Projects include temporary, site-specific work in the built environment and online. Recent works include Here and Now, a series of artist interventions in historic architecture organized by Mills Art Museum, and a print intervention in Public Art Dialogue, published by Routledge.

Frock is a regular contributor to art ltd., Art Practical, SFArts.org, and KQED Visual Art, and teaches graduate seminars in the art and writing program at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her work is archived at invisiblevenue.com and visiblealternative.com.

Kala Art Institute Gallery: 2990 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702 510-841-7000

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What’s New in the Print Room – Noah Wilson’s Work

An Interview With Kala Artist Noah Wilson

Noah Wilson

What originally drew you to photography as a technique of getting at what you want accomplish as an artist?

I’ve always appreciated the directness of photography, the ability to use a camera to pull from the world an image of something that catches my attention. It connects me to the response that I have to seeing. When I truly see something, I feel aware and alive, and that’s when I know that I can make a picture. I also appreciate the tools of the camera – frame, focus, lightmeter, etc – because they tune me into the experience of seeing – they make me a better witness – and I enjoy the challenge of trying to shape an image from the world (which is not an image) using these devices. Even though I often reshape my photographic work through various processes and other types of media, the imagery is always connected to that initial response with the camera.

How was it that you originally got involved with Kala? Is there something about your experience from that time that remains with you today? Is there an aspect of your current work or methods that evolved from that time at Kala?

My friend Lindsey White started working at Kala as a Fellowship artist, and she turned me on to the incredible working environment here. Everyone is here to work hard, and that energy that’s created from people making art is pervasive in the studios, palpable even. Working at Kala has led me to experiments in my work that I don’t think I would have arrived at had I not been here. Having personal access to high quality scanners and large format printers lets me problem solve at my own pace and gives me direct contact with how the equipment translates the work. Getting tuned in to the many ways in which this equipment can interpret and print my work has led me to new ways of thinking about my imagery.

I understand that some of your work is available through Kala’s Art Sales Program. Are there other ways in which you have remained connected to Kala in the intervening years, to the studios, or the gallery?

I’ve continued to work at the studios on and off, as often as I can. Also, I’ve had work in many of the group exhibitions, auctions and print sales at the gallery, and I’m creating a small edition of prints for artists who contribute to the Kalassal print sale later this year.
— Interviewed by Eric Hoffman

These and many other works are available for purchase through Kala’s Art Sales Program. For an appointment, please contact Andrea Voinot at 510-841-7000 or andrea@kala.org

Kala Gallery will have an abbreviated summer schedule for the month of August. The gallery will be closed from Sunday, August 12th through Monday, September 3rd. Residency Projects will re-open on Tuesday, September 4th with a return to our regular gallery hours. During the gallery closure, please direct any questions to our administrative offices at 510-549-2977.

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Camp Kala Video

Thank you Camp Kala Artists! We had a blast learning and making art with you this summer. Check out our Camp Kala Video. See you next year! –Team Camp Kala

 

 

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Nilufer Tutuncu’s Exhibition @ Kala Artist Project Space

We are pleased to be hosting Nilufer Tutuncu’s exhibition of paintings in the Artist Project Space from Tues. July 31 – Weds. Aug. 8, 2012.

There will be a reception in the Community Classroom on Sat. Aug. 4 from 1 – 4:30pm.

Nilufer Tutuncu's exhibition of paintings

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“Keeping Time” Exhibition – Submissions Deadline Is Approaching


Time is running out for submissions to “Keeping Time“, Kala‘s call-for-entries exhibition, open to all United States resident artists.

The exhibition seeks work in all media that explores various aspects of marking, tracking, measuring or keeping time. Artists exploring the topic via drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performative works are encouraged to apply.
The August 11, 2012 submission deadline is fast approaching!!
Interested artists, don’t miss this chance for your work to be included in a fascinating show.

Prospectus: http://bit.ly/LwqWyO
Video reminder here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ccV3vh8bE8&feature=youtu.be

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RESIDENCY PROJECTS

 

RESIDENCY PROJECTS – New work by Kala Fellows
Michele Carlson, Randy Colosky, Alison OK Frost, Seth Koen, Vanessa Marsh, Sandra Ono, Francesca Pastine, Lauren Rice, and Gail Wight

Exhibition Dates: July 19 – September 15, 2012
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm
Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA 94702
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 5:30pm; Saturday, Noon – 4:30pm

Kala Gallery is proud to present Residency Projects, featuring new work by our 2011-2012 Fellowship artists. The exhibition includes Kala Fellows Michele Carlson, Randy Colosky, Alison OK Frost, Seth Koen, Vanessa Marsh, Sandra Ono, Francesca Pastine, Lauren Rice and Gail Wight. The gallery presents new work created during the Fellows’ studio residencies in a wide array of media and processes including cut paper sculpture, paper embossments, wood engravings, intaglio prints, print-based collages, photograms, photography and video works.

Kala’s Fellows for 2011-2012 were selected by Kala Directors in association with juror Renny Pritikin, writer, curator and Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California-Davis.

Kala Fellowships are awarded annually to nine innovative artists working in printmaking, photography, book arts, installation, video and digital media. Social practice projects have been included for the first time in Kala’s 2012-2013 Fellowship residencies. Fellowship artists are selected from a competitive field of applicants from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Recipient artists receive a financial award and up to six-months’ residency at Kala’s studio facility followed by an exhibition of their new work.

Please note: Kala Gallery will have an abbreviated summer schedule for the month of August. The gallery will be closed from Sunday, August 12th through Monday, September 3rd. Residency Projects will re-open on Tuesday, September 4th with a return to our regular gallery hours. During the gallery closure, please direct any questions to our administrative offices at 510-549-2977.

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“KEEPING TIME” – CALL FOR ENTRIES

“Keeping Time” – Exhibition Opportunity at Kala Gallery
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 11, 2012

Kala Gallery announces Keeping Time, a call for entries exhibition open to all Untied States resident artists. The exhibition seeks work in all media that explores various aspects of marking, tracking, measuring or keeping time. Artists exploring the topic via drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performative works are encouraged to apply. Works will be selected by Lauren Davies, Kala’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs.

Application Guidelines, eligibility requirements and other details:

• Exhibition: “Keeping Time”
• Location: Kala Gallery, at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
• Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 24, 2012
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 11, 2012

Keeping Time application is open to all current United States resident artists.

• Artists may submit up to five images of works created in any medium within the past five years. Proposals for new work to be created for Keeping Time are encouraged, although Kala can not provide funding for the creation of new works. Only submit images of work that is available for the exhibition.
Kala Gallery announces Keeping Time, a call-for-entries exhibition open to all United States resident artists.
• Work previously presented at the Kala Gallery is not eligible.

• Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of selected artworks. Kala will accept artworks shipped via Fed-Ex, UPS, etc, but cannot provide funds for the transportation of artworks.

• Artwork is insured while on site at Kala.

Submit the following items to Kala Art Institute & Gallery through the online application form:

• Artist Statement – maximum 2000 characters (approx. 400 words).
• Artist’s résumé (either PDF or Word (.doc only) file).
• Work Samples: Five JPEG images uploaded online or web links to 3 video projects.

JPEG Submission: Upload 5 JPEG images including details. Submit jpegs sized to 1200 px on the longest size, 72 dpi, file size not larger than 500K. Image uploading process requires information for each image. Specific dimensions must be included.

Video Submission: Only for time-based artworks. Submit web links (Vimeo, Youtube, your website etc.) for up to 3 projects. 5 min. max length, for each project. Please enter a link to a specific project that you want to submit.

If submitting a proposal for a new work, give very detailed information and dimensions. Please keep in mind that Kala cannot provide funding for the creation of new work.

• Application fee is $25 payable through Paypal
or -
Join Friends of Kala Membership Program at the Artist/Student Level of $45, and waive the application fee, along with receiving all other membership benefits, including the invitation to participate in Kala Artists’ Annual Exhibition, and 10% off of workshops, classes and art purchases. To join the membership and continue with the application, click here.For more information about Friends of Kala Membership, check the membership page or call Ellen Lake in the Kala Development Department at 510-841-7000, ext. 204.
ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1239628-8B8eGbYUVs

For questions about the online application guidelines, e-mail Mayumi Hamanaka at mayumii@kala.org.
For other questions about Keeping Time, e-mail Lauren Davies at lauren@kala.org.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 11, 2012

SELECTED ARTISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT WWW.KALA.ORG on September 13, 2012

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What’s New in the Print Room?

New Works by Ewa Gavrielov and Heather Wilcoxon!

EWA GAVRIELOV

EWA GAVRIELOV

EWA GAVRIELOV
Born in Poland and raised in Israel, Ewa trained as an architect and worked for many years as a graphic designer and illustrator, designing books, magazines and promotional items for numerous organizations. She began printmaking in 1997 and now spends much of her time working in Kala’s studios.
My works come out of a kind of exploratory alertness for the interaction of the marks and the space that is unmarked. I combine shapes which strike me as interesting, but which I dont have specific plans for; then I watch to see what will come into being on the paper.

HEATHER WILCOXON

HEATHER WILCOXON

HEATHER WILCOXON
Heather uses a variety of drawing, painting and printing techniques to build up her wry, surreal and animated images, forming character-scenarios which, according to her, “reflect all of our concerns, our fears, our worries and our brutality towards one another.”
The creatures (body parts, faces, eyeballs, etc.) that inhabit her work hint at the threatening, the grotesque and hairy, the whimsical, the beasty, and the absurd. Together they reflect her concern for nature, the local ecology, and other socially charged themes.
Heather received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988, and has been exhibited and collected widely. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito and teaches at Kala.

These and many other wonderful works are available for purchase through Kala’s Art Sales Program. To see more, check out our newly updated Art Sales web page: http://www.kala.org/sales/artists2012.html.

For an appointment, please contact Andrea Voinot at 510-841-7000 or andrea@kala.org.

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