Studio fees are subsidized 90% by Kala.
The Kala AIR application is online. There is an application fee of $15.00.
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. 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.
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.
Please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included. Artists are responsible for finding their own housing.
They 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.
The Print Studio (8,000 sq. ft.) includes equipment to facilitate a variety of traditional and new print processes including Intaglio, Monotype/Monoprint, Woodblock, Lithography, Screenprint, Letterpress, and Black and White Photography. The Print Studio is separated into the following areas: workshop, darkroom, acid room, exposure room, Lithography, multi-use/shared presses, editioning room, letterpress, paper preparation/print dryers, and kitchen.
The Electronic Media Center (EMC) (450 sq. ft.) houses digital media-based equipment to facilitate digital photography, design, large format printing and digital video editing. New equipment in the EMC includes the Imacon Flextight Precision III scanner, perfect for scanning slides, negatives and transparencies; Final Cut Pro 7 software and Mini DV decks for video artists. The Roland FJ-500, Epson 9800 and 9900 wide format printers (54” and 44” wide) provide stunning output for color/B&W images, in which pigments remain archival. In the EMC, artists are encouraged to integrate new digital technology with traditional printmaking techniques, or push the world of new technology much further than they had ever imagined.
Kala is located in the former Heinz ketchup factory in West Berkeley, in close proximity to shops, resturants and the University of California at Berkeley. There is ample public transportation to nearby destinations such as San Francisco.
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