Kala Art Institute: Media Award

Associated Residency Program

The Kala Art Institute Media Award is an international artist award. The Media Award supports artists in completing specific projects that will benefit from Kala's equipment that facilitates work in installation, performance cinema, photography, traditional and digital print media, sound and video. 

Awards will be given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge. The 2022/23 Media Award competition will be chaired by Kala’s Artist Residency Manager Meg Pohlod. The jury is made up of Kala’s Artistic Director Mayumi Hamanaka, Media Award alumni artist Alexa Burell, and invited Bay Area arts professional, Gilbert Guerrero from Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland. In 2022, Kala will award 4 artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala's specialized equipment in but not limited to: printmaking, photography, and digital media.

Each Media Award Includes:
Cash Award: $3,000
Studio Residency: Up to nine months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces.
Kala Class: One class that will provide training in a chosen area of printmaking and/or digital media.
Exhibition: Each artist selected is included in our annual group exhibition of Fellowship artists. Public programs for artists are also possible and determined on an individual basis with each artist.
Community: Access to a community and network of approximately 75-80 artists working at Kala, participation in Kala events, and support of Kala staff.

Applicants with disabilities may contact the Artist Residency Manager via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations with application (meghan@kala.org 510-549-2997 x 303).

Residency Length
1 month - 9 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Performance Art
Digital Media
Moving Image
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Public Art
Social Practice
Art Education
Art History
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Darkroom (Black And White)
Darkroom (Color)
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Large Format Scanner
Film Scanner
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Printmaking Workspaces
Book Arts Facilities
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Aquatint Box
Hot Plates
Metal Plate Shear
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Acid Room
Silkscreen Studio
Lithography Studio
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Washout Room
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

The deadline for applications is Sunday, May 29th at 11:59pm, PST. 

Full application requirements available on our website and via our Slideroom application.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application