Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Current Artists-in-Residence

MAY 16–AUGUST 10, 2018

The diverse range of disciplines includes sculpture, photography, drawing, video, installation, film, performance, printmaking, mixed-media painting, and weaving. Represented areas of focus include aesthetic systems of power embedded within architecture; tension between naturally occurring and human-made materials; surveying the American social landscape; political impact of individuals and the motivations and effects of Western intervention in the Middle East; transformative girlhood experiences and the complexities of Black identity; fractured identities and memories through commemorations and objects; and psychic and cultural legacies of trauma among refugees.

These artists were selected from an international pool of 296 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 is also awarded.

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