Skip navigation
Upcoming Events
10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
Quick Search
Latest from the News Blog
November 21, 2017

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts has added three new positions to its staff.

...

More
November 20, 2017

In Miami Beach, home to...

More
November 20, 2017

The Studios at MASS MoCA invites artists in Puerto Rico who have been affected by Hurricane...

More
Join Our Mailing List

Stay informed about our latest news and updates. Powered by Vertical Response.

Artist-in-Residence, Joy Moore in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Michael Jones McKean, Public art installation
Artist-in-Residence, Amanda Valdez in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Sean Fader during public performance
Artist-in-Residence, Sarah O Donnell during live performance

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Open Call 2018 Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Residency Session: September 19–November 16, 2018

Total Artists Selected: 9
Deadline: 11:59pm CST | December 15, 2017

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email by April 15, 2018.

Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom. Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the Bemis Center's 110,000 square foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot industrial space used for large-scale sculpture fabrication. This independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth and experimentation to confront new challenges. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition in our first-floor galleries.

Application Review Process
SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Residency applications are reviewed each cycle by a rotating panel represented by arts professionals such as artists, curators, academics, and/or critics. The review process will take 10-12 weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.

Apply online at bemis.slideroom.com.

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: Artists-in-Residence: two-three months | Curator-in-Residence: twelve months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8–12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 36-42
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1,200

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 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.

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

    Small collaborative groups are eligible to apply. Please note, if selected, Bemis Center is only able to accommodate two members of a collaborative group to attend the residency and live on-site.

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

    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 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Deadline: 11:59pm CST | December 15, 2017

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)
    Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the Bemis Center's 110,000 square foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot industrial space used for large-scale sculpture fabrication.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Artists-in-residence 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: 
    The Bemis Center has twelve live/work studios on two floors in which the artists-in-residence reside. Spaces range from 820–2,200 square feet. Each studio has its own kitchen and private bathroom and has been equipped with basic items you will need while here (linens, bedding, dishes, basic set of tools, etc.) Each floor has complimentary laundry facilities. Utilities are paid by the Bemis Center and each studio is connected to the internet.
  • 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 $40USD non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of applications is only accepted online at bemis.slideroom.com.

Stipends / other support

Artists-in-residence receive a $750 monthly stipend to help with materials, supplies and living expenses while in residency. An unrestricted $500 travel stipend is also provided.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are invited to participate in at least one opportunity for public presentation, such as our public Open House / Open Studios. Selected artists must attend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks to receive the award. Artists are not able to defer or reschedule if unable to attend the residency.

Contact Information

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
United States
Tel: 402.341.7130