Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency


Can my family stay with me? May I bring my pets?
Bemis Center cannot accommodate children, spouses, guests for extended stay, or pets living on-site.  Short term visitors or family members may stay with an artist with prior approval by the Residency Program Manager.

What is the stipend used for?
Artists in residence receive a monthly stipend award of $750 to use for their personal needs related to living expenses, materials and supplies. A $150 security deposit is withheld at the beginning for any incidentals that may occur during the residency. A $100 cleaning and maintenance fee for studio needs and upkeep will be deducted from the final stipend.

Is Bemis able to accommodate special medical needs?
Bemis offers barrier-free access in all main buildings and select studios.  Applicants with special needs should contact the Residency Program Manager prior to applying.  Bemis does not provide insurance for medical needs to artists in residence.

What sort of items are provided in my personal studio?
Each studio is equipped with its own private kitchen and bathroom.  Basic kitchen utensils, dishes, cutlery, stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and toaster are provided. Extra furniture is available for artists to arrange and organize their studios by personal preference. A set of bath towels, kitchen linens, and bedding are also provided, as well as on-site laundry facilities. Studios also equipped with a paint sink, plywood-backed sheetrocked walls, and accessible windows.  WiFi is available throughout the facility and there are two communal iMac computers and printers. There are several communal workspaces including a dark room and woodshop. Bemis currently does not have film/video editing equipment or software, soundbooth or recording labs on site.

Is smoking allowed in my personal studio?
Bemis Center is a non-smoking facility.

What recreational or extracurricular activities are available?
Omaha is a community that combines urban and rural lifestyles. The Downtown Old Market offers shops, restaurants, pubs, bookstores, a public library, hardware store,  and post office all within walking distance of Bemis.  There are several parks, trails, waterways and natural resources located in and around the city.  Bemis offers communal bikes to use to explore highlights such as the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River into neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lauritzen Gardens and the Henry Doorly Zoo are also national favorites. A vehicle for local usage is available to resident artists.  As Bemis is a self-directed residency, it does not direct or structure social activities for artists.

The city is home to richly creative assets such as the KANEKO, Joslyn Art Museum, El Museo Latino, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, and Filmstreams. Bemis Center has several partnerships with many organizations that offer resources and benefits to artists in residence.

If I am selected for the residency invitation and am unable to attend, may I defer?
Bemis Center prefers selected artists to attend the residency in it’s entirety.  If an artist can not attend after they have been selected and scheduled, the artist has one calendar year to reschedule from the original dates, or choose to decline and reapply.

For more information, contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
12th and Leavenworth
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
Fax:: 402.341.9791