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Artist-in-Residence, Joy Moore in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Lauren Kalman in the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility
Artist-in-Residence, Amanda Valdez in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Bethany Collins in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Rob Carter in the studio

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Art, Empathy, and Ethos
Thematic Residency | September 20–November 17, 2017

Artists-in-Residence Selected: 9
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
Applications are only accepted via SlideRoom at bemis.slideroom.com.

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on March 1, 2017.

Residency Opportunity Description:
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications for the 2017 Art, Empathy, and Ethos thematic residency. Through this call, the Bemis Center will construct a cohort of artists whose artistic practices take diverse approaches to negotiating, understanding, and communicating empathy. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in the research, development, or execution of work that explores empathy and its various manifestations, from social justice and human rights, to environmental conservation and protection.

Examples include ethonocultural differences; consideration of immigrant communities; authentic and inauthentic selves; psychic and new agist mediums and culture; neuroaesthetics; biohacks (including consumables, wearables, and smart clothing); understanding animals; natural resources, energy, and the environment; consideration of viewers and spectatorship; labor economies in service industries; white privilege; social practice; correlation between poverty and access to human rights; psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral psychologies; love and loss; embodied and somatic performance; kinesthesia; gender identification; social practice working with underrepresented communities (elderly, persons with physical disabilities, or mental illness); cybernetics and social media; and medical and legal practice.

Contemporary artists from all backgrounds and areas of practice are encouraged to apply. Applicants should not be enrolled in an academic program during the residency period. This residency aims to assemble artists who work with like-minded subject matter and interests. As a process-based residency, there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition in our first floor galleries.

Location

Omaha, Nebraska: United States

Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts provides a diversity of residency opportunities to work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. Bemis facilitates the development of material and intellectual interests; and maintains an alumni program that further extends Bemis support. We offer artists-in-residence unmatched critical and technical guidance, access to assistants and interns, an established network of resources, and opportunities to engage in dialogue with Bemis Center communities.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: September 20–November 17, 2017
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 36-42
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1200

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and choreography.

    Bemis Alumni are allowed to re-apply for residency after a three year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended. The Bemis Center expects selected artists to attend the residency in it’s entirety. If an artist can not attend after they have been selected and scheduled, the artist may not defer and must decline the award.

    Students enrolled in an academic program during the time of requested residency are not eligible to apply.

    Applications consisting of small collaboratives (2-3 total members) are eligible to apply. Each artist included in the collaborative must submit a resume.

    Bemis welcomes internationally based artists to apply. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists as an interpreter will not be provided.

    The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x12 or hollyk@bemiscenter.org.

  • Application deadline: December 01

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Manuel Neri, David Nash, Matt Lynch, Alice Aycock, Ian Harvey, Michael Todd, Miriam Bloom, Andreas Grunert, Christian Rothmann, Micki Watanabe, Gillian Welch, Janette Beckman, Cey Adams
Bemis is a fantastic thing out in the middle of America. It was a real meeting place away from the usual art-centered group. Working at Bemis was certainly different. I’m still trying to digest what happened there.
— Manuel Neri

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents are responsible for their own meals and groceries; each live-work studio has a private kitchen.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Painting, Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Residents are given large live-work, multipurpose studios. Laundry facilities are provided on site. Residents have access to a private gym.
  • Other facilities and services: Omaha is a community that combines urban and rural lifestyles with a population of over 400,000. Bemis Center is located in the heart of the Downtown Old Market which offers shops, restaurants, pubs, bookstores, a public library, hardware store, and post office all within walking distance. Omaha Eppley Airport is located less than 5 miles from the Bemis Center. If artists are arriving by car, Bemis provides on-site parking for the duration of the residency located directly across the street from Bemis. There are several parks, trails, waterways and natural resources located in and around the city. Bemis offers communal bikes to use to explore highlights such as the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River into neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, and the Henry Doorly Zoo are also national favorites. A vehicle for local use is available to resident artists. As Bemis is a self-directed residency, it does not direct or structure social activities for artists. The city of Omaha is home to richly creative assets including KANEKO, Joslyn Art Museum, El Museo Latino, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, and Filmstreams. Bemis Center has several local partnerships with many organizations that offer resources and benefits to artists in residence.

Residency Fees

A $40 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of applications are only accepted online through bemis.slideroom.com.

Stipends / other support

Each artist will receive a $1,500 stipend for the eight-week session and a $500 travel stipend. Artists are responsible for arranging travel to and from Omaha to attend the residency. Additional material stipends are not available, however, these additional resources are.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Selected artists-in-residence will live and work at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from September 20–November 17, 2017. Artists-in-residence participate in the Bemis Center’s Open House / Open Studios public program where they open their studios to provide the public a glimpse into their process, present works-in-progress, and deliver a short presentation.

Contact Information

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
United States
Tel: 402-341-7130