Alumni Open Call - 2025

Associated Residency Program

Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs. Located in the historic Old Market, Omaha’s arts and culture district, Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.

Bemis Center’s core mission has always been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth, experimentation, confrontation of challenges, and cultivation of new ideas. To date, more than 1,000 artists have participated in the residency program.

Open to any artist who has participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or has exhibited at Bemis since the organization’s founding in 1981, the Alumni Program ensures the organization’s ongoing relevance, impact, and connection to its former artists by providing financial resources and unique opportunities and expanding professional networks. Two alumni will be selected to participate in a 4-6 week Alumni Residency to be scheduled during a 2023 residency session; January 18–April 14, May 17–August 11, or September 13–November 10, 2023. U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $250 USD weekly stipend, a $750 USD travel stipend, and an additional $2,500 USD unrestricted materials 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. Selected artists are responsible for organizing travel to Omaha to attend the residency. *Please note, participation in the residency program or exhibition program is a requirement to apply. Artists must wait two years to apply after attending the residency program or participating in an exhibition at Bemis to be eligible. 

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Residency Length
4 weeks - 6 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Environmental Arts
Installation Arts
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
New Genres
Paper Arts
Performance Art
Public Art
Social Practice
Sound Art
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Visual Arts
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Food stipend provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Slab Roller
Plaster Room
Electric Kiln
Dedicated Metal Shop
Gas/Oxy Torches
Acetylene/Air Torches
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Bench Grinder
Casting Room
Lighting Studio/Green Screen
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Music/Media/Recording Facilities
Drying Racks
Large Sinks
Floor Looms
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Washer And Dryer
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

Artists who participated in the Bemis Residency Program or exhibited at Bemis prior to August 2022 are eligible to apply for a 2025 residency.

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.  

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 international artists to apply. Working knowledge of English is helpful as Bemis Center is unable to offer an interpreter.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application