Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Current Artists-in-Residence


The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts announces artists selected for its international Artist-in-Residence Program taking place September 20–November 17, 2017. The Art, Empathy, and Ethos thematic residency brings together ten artists whose practices take diverse approaches to negotiating, understanding, and communicating empathy. The diverse range of disciplines includes photography, filmmaking, music composition, social practice and engagement, writing, installation, animation, and oral storytelling. Represented areas of focus include immigration and colonialism; nationalism and identity; human relationships with nature; art and technology; race and gender injustice; geology as a metaphor for experienced trauma; prioritization of self-care among community care providers; and universal human rituals.

These artists were selected from an international pool of 311 applicants. All applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a six-person panel including Meghan Moe Beitiks, artist, past Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI; Jonathan Durham, artist and past Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence; Asuka Hisa, Director of Education, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Josh Johnson, artist and Residency Arts Technician, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Curtis Tamm, artist and past Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence; and Victor Wang, Independent Curator. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by a three-person panel including Barbara Hernandez, Director, SOMA, Mexico City; Alpesh Patel, Director, MFA Program in Visual Arts, Florida International University, Miami, FL; and Lydia Mathews, Curator and Educator, Parsons School of Design at The New School, New York, NY. 

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.

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