Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Past Curators-in-Residence


Risa Puleo, an independent curator and critic, served as Bemis Center's inaugural Curator-in-Residence. From January–December 2017 Puleo participated in the Bemis Center's Artist-in-Residence Program and organized exhibitions in the Bemis Center galleries. During her residency, she curated two original exhibitions, Chimeras and Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, exemplifying the true breadth and experimentation currently defining contemporary art. She also presented public programs and served 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. Puleo writes for BombArt in AmericaArt Asia PacificModern 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. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

February 2–April 26, 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

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