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

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Residency opportunities scheduled for Fall 2018 will soon be available.

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: 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 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 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.

    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.

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

Submission of applications is only accepted online at bemis.slideroom.com.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

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