BIO
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.

HISTORY

Founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano as an international workshop and forum for ideas, Kala Art Institute provides exceptional facilities to professional artists working in all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts. Located in the former Heinz ketchup factory in West Berkeley since 1979, Kala’s 15,200 square foot facility houses an extensive array of artmaking equipment, as well as a public exhibition gallery, an art library and an extensive print archive. Established artists associated with Kala over the years include Squeak Carnwath, Roy de Forest, Jessica Dunne, Bella Feldman, Barbara Foster, Sonya Rapoport, Peter Voulkos, and William Wiley. In addition to the artists in residence program, the organization’s annual activities include over 100 classes and workshops open to the general public; 8-12 visual art exhibitions in Kala’s gallery as well as off-site locations; on-going lectures, artists talks, and special events open to the general public; and an Artists- in-Schools program that provides curriculum-based visual arts education to children in schools in Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Kala currently serves approximately 25,000 individuals annually, many of whom reside in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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OPPORTUNITY

Kala Art Institute: Artist in Residence Program


Deadline:
Tue Oct 15, 2013 00:00

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

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.

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.

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

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The Kala AIR application is now online at kala.slideroom.com. Hardcopy and email submissions are no longer accepted. Applications are reviewed three times per year: March 15, July 15, and October 15. 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 completed a 3 month residency.

Application deadlines:
October 15
residencies starting in November, December, January, February, or March

Application Materials
-Completed application questions
-Artist resumé or CV
-Work samples, up to 10 images and/or 10 minutes of video

Apply online at kala.slideroom.com.
For more information, e-mail kalaair@kala.org.


EVENT

Watercolor Painting


Dates:
Thu Aug 29, 2013 18:30 - Thu Oct 10, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Thursdays, August 29-October 10, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuition $345

Watercolor paintings, works on paper, and other water media have a strong presence in contemporary art practice. The spontaneity and luminosity of water-based media on paper is unsurpassed. We will engage in a laboratory of contemporary practice, with both traditional and untraditional watercolor techniques, engaging with watercolor paint, gouache, alternative papers, pens, and ink. You will begin to set up experiments with material and processes that will lead you to your own unique visual language. Methods of critical analysis, color literacy, contemporary painting issues, and basic painting methods and skills will will also be covered. Both experienced painters and beginners are welcome.

Francesca Pastine was born in New York City and received her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has had exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and many major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Sofia. Pastine is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco and Pentimenti Gallery. in Philadelphia. She will participate in an exhibit, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art, at Halsey Contemporary Art Centre at the University of North Carolina in 2013. Pastine is the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Kala Art Institute Fellowship. She has taught art at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, the City College of San Francisco, and Dominican University.
http://cutter.rexx.com/~fpastine/

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EVENT

Everything You Wanted to Know About Being an Artist but Were Too Afraid to Ask


Dates:
Tue Aug 27, 2013 19:00 - Thu Aug 29, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Tuesday & Thursday, August 27 & 29, 7-9pm
Tuition: $40

With the instructors, this class will be a chance for students to exchange anecdotes and hypotheticals and answer questions about open calls, representation by galleries, fairs, grad school, curators, artist statements. Come with your questions. Figure out the what, why and for whom of things together.

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour are independent curators based in Oakland, CA. They have collaboratively curated exhibitions at MacArthur B Arthur, Liminal Space, Little Paper Planes, and S.H.E.D. Projects. Independently Im has curated or assisted on exhibitions at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Queens Nails Projects, Intersection for the Arts, Pro Arts, the Walter and McBean Galleries (SFAI), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Im has received her BA in Art History from Mills College and her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. Harbour has received some modicum of education from San Francisco Art Institute, DJs regularly, and contributes writing to Art Cards, Art Practical, and Curiously Direct.


EVENT

Etching 1: Introduction to techniques


Dates:
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:00 - Sun Sep 01, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Sundays, August 25, September 1, & 8, 10am-5pm
Tuition $385

This class is part one of an intensive series of etching classes with artist Kazuko Watanabe that will provide extensive instruction in etching techniques. The first class, Etching 1, will introduce participants to basic intaglio techniques using a range of traditional, contemporary, and new methods. Participants will be led through a series of exercises in various etching techniques, and will also be introduced to various papers, and printing methods.

Kazuko Watanabe has worked in print media for over twenty years. She has researched and developed three-dimensional prints, print sculpture, the use of intaglio in artist's books and the combination of traditional print media with computer techniques. In 1999, she received the Library Fellows Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2001, her work was selected for the "Print National" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York. http://www.kazwat.com/

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EVENT

Introduction to Encaustic Painting


Dates:
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:00 - Sun Aug 25, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25, 10am-4pm
Tuition $192 Materials $80 Total Cost $272

Learn the techniques used for encaustic painting, a process that uses beeswax to carry pigment. Incorporate your own collage, found objects, or photo imagery, and complete your own masterpiece. Safety and shop practices, tools and their use, priming techniques, and a variety of paint application processes will be covered. No prior experience with encaustic is required. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Hylla Evans is a paint maker for Evans Encaustics, teaches painting extensively in the Bay Area, New York, and Amsterdam, and for for all six years has been an expert presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts. She has developed new paints and grounds for encaustic painting and encourages each artist to experiment with the boundaries of this exciting medium.

http://www.kala.org/class/class_cal2013.html