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Artist-in-Residence, Vitus Shell in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Michael Jones McKean, Public art installation
Artist-in-Residence, Orkideh Torabi in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Trevor Amery in the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility
Artist-in-Residence, John Yoyogi Fortes in the studio

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residence Program

Applications for Bemis Center 2019 Residencies have now closed.

RESIDENCY SESSIONS:

January 23–April 19, 2019
May 22–August 16, 2019
September 18–November 15, 2019

Total Artists Selected: 30 (10 artists per residency session)

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on August 15, 2018.

Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the Bemis Center's 110,000 square foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom. 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. Artists who are interested in applying to all 2019 open call opportunities (January–April; May–August; and September–November) will be required to submit a separate application and application fee for each designated session. In the event an artist is selected for more than one session, the artist will select one session to attend.

Application Review Process
SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Residency applications are reviewed by a rotating panel comprised of artists and arts professionals, such as curators, academics, and/or critics. The application review process consists of an online review followed by on-site panel meeting. The review process takes 12–14 weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.

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 of its artists-in-residence and is building an alumni program that will further extend ongoing Bemis support. We offer artists-in-residence unmatched 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: Two-three months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8–12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 30
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1,138

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 residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a five-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.

    Artists 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 the Residency Program Manager.

  • Application deadline: May 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    Deadline: 11:59pm CST | May 1, 2018

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. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom. 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.
  • 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 more than 400,000. Bemis Center is located in the heart of the 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. Omaha is home to richly creative assets including El Museo Latino, Film Streams, Joslyn Art Museum, KANEKO, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, and The Union for Contemporary Art. Bemis Center has several local partnerships with organizations that offer resources and benefits to artists-in-residence.

Residency Fees

A $40 USD non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submitting an application through SlideRoom paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of completed applications is only accepted online through bemis.slideroom.com. Fees related to visa processes or passport acquisition are the responsibility of the awarded artist.

Stipends / other support

U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $1,000 USD monthly stipend and an additional $500 USD travel stipend. Due to the limitations of B2 visas (touring/visiting), international artists-in-residence are eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation, and meals. Bemis Center is not responsible for organizing artist’s travel to Omaha to attend the residency. Additional stipends for studio supplies or materials are not available.

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