Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Current Artists-in-Residence


The diverse range of disciplines includes painting, drawing, videography, visual and audio installation, sculpture, performance, photography, original music, spoken word, dance, and interactive costume. Represented areas of focus include ecological economy; political and cultural identity; modeling and re-imagining social relations by examining conflict, intimacy, and identity; the paradoxically codependent relationship between the built environment and the natural world; biography, American politics, and images related to trauma and impoverishment within the African American community; plight of refugees and of survivors of torture and war trauma living in the Midwest; pop culture, Afrofuturism, avant-garde cinema, transgressive Queer and Feminist performance, and Black music; the relationship between a father’s trade as a brick mason and the artist’s own labor; the visual language of ritualistic practices of mourning; and physical byproducts of industry repurposed through fantasy.

These artists were selected from an international pool of 200 applicants. All applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a twelve-person panel including Sterling Allen, Artist, former Bemis Artist-in-Residence, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, and Co-Founder, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX;  Lyndon Barrois Jr., Artist and former Bemis Artist-in-Residence, Saint Louis, MO; Alison Burstein, Independent Curator, New York, NY; Amy Chaloupka, Independent Curator, Bellingham, WA; Anna Campbell, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; John Engelbrecht, Director, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA; Ciara Ennis, Curator and Director, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA; Lindsey French, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Jason Lazarus, Artist and Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Jared Thorne, Artist and Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Pedro Velez, Artist and Critic, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Jovanna Venegas, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art Department, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by a three-person panel including Sylvie Fortin, Independent Curator, Critic, and Editor, Montréal, Canada and New York, NY; Joaquin Segura, Artist, founding member and board advisor, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico; Natalia Zuluaga, Artistic Director, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL. 

Selected artists-in-residence will enjoy a generous sized, private live/work studio complete with kitchen and bathroom. Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the 110,000 square foot facility is able to accommodate a broad range of artistic activity. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a large industrial space used for 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. 

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