Archana Horsting American

Archana Horsting,  co-founder of Kala Art Institute, received a B.A. with honors from U.C. Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, and art practice at Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia. She pursued independent post-graduate study with Krishna Reddy and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. She later studied with Akira Kurasaki from Japan, and Sandro Martini from Italy. Archana has been a Visiting Artist at U.C. Santa Cruz and Mills College, has served as a Site Visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a panelist for the California Arts Council. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2012 she was awarded the Arts Leadership Award from Alameda County for Kala Art Institute, now celebrating 47 years. In 2015 she was awarded the Benjamin Ide Wheeler award from the Berkeley Community Fund. Most recently, in 2021 Archana received the Women's History commendation from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.