JANUARY 11–APRIL 7, 2017
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts announces artists selected for its international Artist-in-Residence Program taking place January 11–April 7, 2017. The diverse range of disciplines includes installation, sculpture, writing, printmaking, video, painting, drawing, and animation. Represented areas of focus include contemporary technology, the relationship between material and language, transcultural symbols, storytelling through American “Roadside” attractions, abstract landscapes, back-to-the-land movements, and socio-political issues in Iran.
These artists were selected from an international pool of 268 applicants. All applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a six-person panel including: Shoghig Halajian, Assistant Director, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Tempestt Hazel, Arts Program Manager, Curator, Writer, Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago; Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Artist and Manager of Public Programs and Residencies, The Watermill Center; Madsen Minax, Artist, Educator, and Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence Alum; Joy Moore, Artist and Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence Alum; Calvin Phelps, Director, Pike School of Art–Mississippi. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by a three-person panel including: Laura Burkhalter, Associate Curator, The Des Moines Art Center; Santiago Cal, Artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Lauren Ross, Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art Virginia Commonwealth University.
Selected artists-in-residence will enjoy in 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.