Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Current Artists-in-Residence

JANUARY 10–APRIL 6, 2018

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts announces artists selected for its international Artist-in-Residence Program taking place January 10–April 6, 2018. The diverse range of disciplines includes painting, drawing, writing, digital animation, sculpture, performance, printmaking, installation, graphic design, music, photography, and filmmaking. Represented areas of focus include identity; how materialism forms culture; generational stories; social systems and institutions; psychological and physical iconography; black culture in America; recreational activities and their relationship to the landscape; and speculative fiction.

These artists were selected from an international pool of 344 applicants. All applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a twelve-person panel including Jim Bockelman, Artist and Professor, Concordia University, Seward, NE; Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Adam Farcus, Artist, William R. Hollingsworth Fellow, Mississippi Museum of Art and Director, Lease Agreement, Jackson, MS; Alison Ferris, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Benjamin Gardner, Artist and Associate Professor of Art & Design/Department Chair, Drake University, Des Moines, IA; David Gracie, Artist and Professor, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE; Tooraj Khamenehzadeh, Artist and Curator, Kooshk Residency, Tehran, Iran; Ann Meisinger, Assistant Curator of Public Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; Fabiola Menchelli, Artist and former Bemis Artist-in-Residence, Mexico City, Mexico; Marìa Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; George Scheer, Executive Director, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC; and Quintin Rivera Toro, Director, Area Lugar De Proyectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by a three-person panel including Deana Haggag, President & CEO, United States Artists, Chicago, IL; Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), Miami, FL; and J. Morgan Puett, Artist and Co-Director, Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA. 

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. Residents will receive a $750 monthly stipend to help with materials, supplies and living expenses while in residency. A non-restricted $500 travel stipend will also be awarded.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
E-mail: info@bemiscenter.org