Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

About Our Residency Opportunities

At the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, we create transformative opportunities for our Artists-in-Residence to explore and realize their most important ideas by providing: access to a supportive and rigorous intellectual community, robust opportunities for studio and social practice, generous live/work space, an abundance of time, extensive technical assistance and financial support.

The Bemis Center currently supports artists with two inter-related residency programs: at our main campus in the Old Market, and at Carver Bank in North Omaha. Artists interested in applying to any of our residency opportunities should not be enrolled in an academic program during the timelines described by each cycle.

2016 Opportunities

Applications are now closed and under review. Our next call for 2016 applications will be live later this spring. 

About Bemis Center

For more than 30 years, the Bemis Center has supported artists through its Old Market residency program at its 110,000-square-foot main campus located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market neighborhood. These residencies provide artists from around the world with long-term opportunities to focus on their practice and to engage in critical dialogue with the Bemis Center community. The Bemis Center provides Artists-in-Residence with unmatched staff support, participation in a supportive intellectual community, best-in-class facilities, access to a network of regular community partners and a monthly stipend.

Artists-in-Residence enjoy a generous live/work studio, complete with a private kitchen and bathroom. The Old Market campus offers 24-hour access to extensive installation spaces and production facilities, and can accommodate a broad range of artistic activity, including conceptual, material, performative and social practices.

The Bemis Center also supports the growth of its local artistic community by providing residencies to promising artists from the Omaha region.

The Bemis Center has been hailed as “one of the great treasures of its kind in the country” by Jane Alexander, former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was recently recognized as one of the "Top 10 residencies around the globe" by ArtInfo

Watch this video to learn more about the Bemis residency program from artists that we have supported.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
12th and Leavenworth
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
Fax:: 402.341.9791