Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residencies

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residencies

This Deadline Expired: Saturday, August 15, 2020

For nearly four decades, Bemis Center’s core mission has 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, nearly 900 artists have participated in the residency program.

For more information, visit bemiscenter.org.

2021 Alumni Residency

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.

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.

Artists-in-Residence Open Call

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 2021 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.

Complete details can be found at bemiscenter.org/apply.

Joan Wadleigh Curran
Lonnie Graham

Lonnie Graham is a Pew Fellow and Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He is former director of Photography at Manchester…

Lonnie Graham is a Pew Fellow and Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He is former director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an urban arts organization…

Lonnie Graham is a Pew Fellow and Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He is former director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an urban arts organization dedicated to arts…

Eli Smith

Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist who works with oil paint. Most of his works depict strong emotion through use of…

Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist who works with oil paint. Most of his works depict strong emotion through use of the human body and figure, often using black and white pigments and little color,…

Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist who works with oil paint. Most of his works depict strong emotion through use of the human body and figure, often using black and white pigments and little color, with many works in…

Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

Deanna McLaughlin

Deanna McLaughlin is a sculptor and designer in Philadelphia. She uses found objects and transforms them into quirky furniture…

Deanna McLaughlin is a sculptor and designer in Philadelphia. She uses found objects and transforms them into quirky furniture pieces. She loves working with a variety of media.…

Deanna McLaughlin is a sculptor and designer in Philadelphia. She uses found objects and transforms them into quirky furniture pieces. She loves working with a variety of media.…

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