Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts



The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has selected Risa Puleo as its inaugural Curator-in-Residence. From January 4–December 15, 2017 Puleo will participate in the Bemis Center's Artist-in-Residence Program and organize exhibitions in the Bemis Center galleries. This program is the first of its kind in Nebraska. 

Currently based in New York City, Puleo is an independent curator and critic. During her residency she will curate two original exhibitions exemplifying the true breadth and experimentation currently defining contemporary art. She will also present public programs and serve as a professional resource for artists participating in the Bemis Center's residency program as well as the Greater Omaha arts community. 

"We feel so fortunate to have Risa Puleo join us at the Bemis Center to represent our inaugural Curator-in-Residence Program," said Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director, Residency Programs. "Risa's interest in working with Omaha's arts community combined with her extensive knowledge of contemporary art, curating, and writing, makes her an excellent candidate to serve the Bemis Center's international artists-in-residence and local and regional artists."

Puleo attended Bard College's Curatorial Studies Program and also has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College. She is former Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on exhibitions to be presented at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston, TX); Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT); and Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), in addition to her upcoming projects at the Bemis Center. Puleo writes for Bomb, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, Modern Painters, and Art Papers, among other publications.

"I am so honored to be chosen as the first curatorial resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, a residency and exhibition program with an international reputation for supporting artists of incredible caliber," said Puleo.

Puleo was selected from an international pool of 88 applicants. All applications were reviewed by a four-person panel including: Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE; Charley Friedman, Artist and Co-Founder, Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, NE; Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director, Residency Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; Alex Priest, Exhibitions Manager, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.

"Her ability to interact with a variety of constituents and gain a deep understanding of the cultural landscape of the places where she works is what set Risa Puleo apart from other applicants," said Priest. The Bemis Center will announce the open call for the 2018 Curator-in-Residence program in early 2017. 

The Curator-in-Residence Program's inaugural year is made possible by Carol Gendler and the Mammel Foundation. 

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
12th and Leavenworth
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