Artist-in-Residence Program


Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. Please review our application instructions and residency rates here to determine what option works best for you; 6-month residencies are available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have completed a 3-month residency.


Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo processes, book arts, and digital media including video production can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence. Residency applications are accepted online three times per year. Artists who apply for a residency should be familiar with at least one of the media and equipment offered at Kala. Considerations for acceptance are conceptual creativity and technical knowledge.

Resident artists receive year-round 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop, digital lab, black and white darkroom, individual storage space, small project spaces (if available), possible exposure on Kala’s website and in other exhibitions at Kala or outside exhibition spaces, and participation in a vital, international artist community. Current Artists-In-Residence receive a 20% discount on Kala Workshops and Classes here.

Kala now offers artist housing located across the street from Kala’s facilities. Kala has two, two-bedroom apartments and can house 4 artist-in-residence each month. The shared artist apartments are an additional $1200/month, and a $200 non-refundable housing deposit is applied towards the residency fee. Please note that Kala’s shared artist apartments are 2 bedroom apartments, meaning you will be living with a roommate and sharing a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. The apartment cannot accommodate partners, co-parents, or children. An additional housing list is available that includes local community members who rent out space in their homes. In this case, artists are responsible for finding their own housing.

Annual Application Deadlines:

January 15 (for residencies starting in or after March 2024*)

May 15 (for residencies starting in or after August 2024*)

October 15 (for residencies starting in or after January 2025*)

*Artists can delay attending the residency within 12 months from the acceptance date; after 12 months, we ask you to please reapply.

Are you an artist-in-residence alumni looking to return?  Returning AIRs are always welcome back to the residency program! Please email Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Leyla Rzayeva at or at least 4-6 months in advance.

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