Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts



The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 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. 

Risa 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. 

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.

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.

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
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130