Friday, May 15, 2009

Kala Art Institute: Artist-in-Residen

Multiple Deadlines: (RECEIVE) & Ongoing

Application deadlines (materials received by):

January 31 for residencies starting in March, April, May, or June
April 30 for residencies starting in June, July, August, or September
July 31 for residencies starting in September, October, November, or December
October 31 for residencies starting in December, January, February, or March

Kala Art Institute

Berkely, CA


Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo-processes, book arts and digital media including sound/video production can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute. Residency applications are accepted four times per year. Artists who apply for residency should be familiar with at least one of the media offered at Kala. Considerations for acceptance are conceptual creativity and technical knowledge. Kala encourages experimental uses of both traditional and new technologies, and their admixture.

Resident artists receive 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop and/or electronic media center; individual storage space; exhibition opportunities such as the Artists' Annual show in the Kala Gallery and possible exposure on Kala's website and in other exhibitions at Kala or outside exhibition spaces; and participation in a vital, international artistic community. Artists also receive a 20% discount on classes and private tutoring offered by Kala.

Please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included. Artists are responsible for finding their own housing.


Applications are reviewed four times per year. Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. (6-month residencies also exist, but are only available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have done the 3-month Evaluative Review.)

Emergency Residency
Kala offers "emergency" residencies to artists who find themselves in immediate need of studio space to complete a specific project. The residency may not exceed one month. The application process for the emergency residency is the same, except that you should disregard the application deadlines listed above and, if you are mailing your application, mark it with the words "Emergency Residency".

The application processes for local and out-of-area artists differ:

Bay Area artists
Please submit a request, by mail or email, for an in-person portfolio review with the Artistic and Executive Directors. Submissions should be in the form of an application cover sheet. Within a week following the application deadline, you will be contacted to schedule the portfolio review.

Artists living elsewhere
Please submit the following by mail, to be reviewed by the Executive and Artistic Directors:
-application cover sheet
-resumé (include detailed information on your previous experience with the media you wish to use at Kala)
-work samples (slides or a CD/DVD); maximum 20 works or 10 minutes of video
-image list
-artist statement
-self-addressed envelope with correct return postage, for the return of your work samples

These below-market rates are made possible through generous donations from foundations and individuals.

1) $225 per month – 1, 2, or 3 Month Contract - Part-Time
-- 3 days per week studio access
-- donation of one sample of work done at Kala

2) $365 per month – 1 Month Contract - Full-Time
-- 7 days per week studio access
-- donation of one sample of work done at Kala

3) $150 per month - 6 Month Contract - Part-Time
-- 3 days per week studio access
-- available only to artists-in-residence who have completed 3 months of residency
-- donation of one print to Kala's Archive per 6 month period; maximum two prints per year

Single-day rate
(available to former artists-in-residence only)
$100 per day (no storage space)

For more information, e-mail Program Coordinator, Patrick Stockstill at

Download the application coversheet: [pdf]

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