Kala Art Institute

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Location: Berkeley, California

Mission: Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative efforts over time through its Artist-in- Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to increase appreciation of this work through exhibitions, public programming and educational efforts.

Artists at Kala are encouraged to produce innovative artwork of the highest quality, and are given total freedom to realize their artistic vision using media that span the Gutenberg to digital eras. Artists are also provided with a number of professional development opportunities, and a spirit of exchange and education is nurtured through artist involvement in exhibitions, special events, lectures, teaching, and classroom experience. Additionally, Kala is committed to offering quality art education to the general public and public school children through its on-site program of classes and workshops and its Artists-in-Schools program, established in 1991, providing multiple-week artist-led instruction to students in East Bay public schools and summer programs.

Cost: Kala Art Institute AIR Residency Models/Price Listings:

1) 1, 2, or 3 Month Part Time Contract: $285 per month
– 3 days per week studio access
– donation of one sample of work done at Kala

2) 1, 2, or 3 Month Full Time Contract: $425 per month
– 4 to 7 days per week studio access
– donation of one sample of work done at Kala

3) 6 Month Part Time Contract: $210 per month
– 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

4) 6 Month Contract – Full Time: $350 per month
– 4 to 7 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

5) Collaborative Residencies:
For artists working collaboratively, we have created a 1+ residency rate, which is 1.5x the 1 person rate:

– Short Term (1-3 month) contract: $425 for part time access (3 days/week) and $635/mo for full time access (4-7 days/week).

– Long Term (6 month) contract: $315 for part time access (3 days/week) and $525 for full time access (4-7 days/week).

Note: Only one storage unit (cubby and drawer) and one key is allotted for a collaborative residency to the lead artist in the pair.

6) Emerging AIR Program
For artists who have graduated from a BA, BFA, or MFA program in the last 12 months, Kala is pleased to provide a discounted residency rate to artists for one year after graduation. Rates are $210 per month for a part time 1, 2, or 3 month contract, and $395 per month for a full time contract.

7) Senior AIR Program
Senior artists will be considered for our Senior Artist-In-Residence Program, which provides a $25 per month discount on all residency rates.

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

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT SPACES: We have two 125 square foot individual project spaces in our gallery facility. The project spaces are $150 per month for Kala AIRs and are accessible 24 hours per day. These studios facilitate the need of artist to complete a specific project which requires a private studio within Kala’s active artist community. Applicants have an opportunity to indicate whether they would like to add a project space to their residency. Availabiliy is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Size of Studios: Studio 1: 124 sqf + Studio 2: 126 sqf

Rent: Current AIR: $150/month + Fellowship Artists: Free

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

ThFellowship Award, an international competition, annually grants nine 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 highly competitive jurying process. The Fellowship Award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment. Many Fellowship winners transition to the Artist-in-Residence program at the conclusion of their Fellowship period in order to continue their work at Kala.

Application Fee: $10.00

Number of Artists: Up to 6 – 20 artists at a time (local and international)

Accommodations: Resident artists receive 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop and/or electronic media center, individual storage space, 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.

Length of Stay: Up to 1-, 2-, to 3 months

Demographic: Kala Art Institute prohibits discrimination in all its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. Kala also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to the Institute’s facilities.

Medium: Artists in need of space and equipment for work in printmaking, photography, or digital media are encouraged to apply online to Kala’s residency program in one of two ways. Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo-processes, book arts and digital media including video production can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute. Residency applications are accepted online three 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 use of both traditional and new technologies, and their admixture.

Benefits: Resident artists receive 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop and/or electronic media center, individual storage space, 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. Established in 1974, Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term communal studio space at low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists. The program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of approximately seventy-five artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

Parent Artist Residency Program
We recognize that each artist-family has its own set of challenges when seeking a residency program. Families with multiple children of varying ages have different requirements than families with older, more independent children. By offering three new residency options in addition to our standard residency program, we hope to create multiple entry points for artists to create artwork amidst the ever-evolving and diverse demands of family life. As a pilot program, we will offer seven residencies in 2013-2014 supporting artists with children. Each resident parent artist can choose a standard residency (1 to 6 months) or one of the options offered here, each constituting approximately $1000 worth of services.

Deadline: March 15, July 15, and October 15

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