Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

About Us

Bemis Center facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Our vision is to inspire an open and diverse dialogue on the critical issues that give shape and meaning to the human condition.

As an artist-centric nonprofit, we honor and respect the critical role artists play in our society. We value creativity, trust, courage, diversity, tolerance, and the open exchange of ideas and world views.

As an institution and as individuals, we are raising our voices to support change and push back against all forms of oppression and injustice. Read more about cultural equity at Bemis


For more than three decades, Bemis Center has provided artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work. Frequently cited as one of the top international residency programs, Bemis Center offers artists private live/work studios, financial support, technical/administrative assistance, and opportunities for intellectual discourse about contemporary art through free public programs, such as panel discussions, lectures, and knowledge-sharing workshops. Nearly 900 artists have participated in the residency program.

Established in 2017 as the first of its kind in Nebraska, Bemis Center’s Curator-in-Residence Program provides a curator the opportunity to participate in the Bemis Residency Program, serve as a professional resource to Bemis artists-in-residence and the Greater Omaha arts community, and organize exhibitions and public programs at Bemis Center. 

Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, launched in 2019, is a special track within the Residency Program for artists working in sound, composition, voice, and music of all genres. Participating artists will receive financial, technical, and administrative support, along with dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing. The program includes a performance venue offering free live shows for the public to experience the latest innovations by local, national, and international sound artists and experimental musicians.


Bemis Center’s exhibition program features solo and group exhibitions of artwork in all media by local, national, and international artists. Exhibitions are always free, open to the public, and frequently introduce the community of Omaha to the most experimental and provocative art forms today. 


Throughout the organization’s history, Bemis Center has offered artist-driven, community-responsive programs that bolster civic engagement in the creation and understanding of art. Public programs provide regular opportunities for the public to learn about and be inspired by the visual arts. Through artist-led classes and workshops, ARTalks, open studio events, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances, the community has direct access to artists and to their diverse approaches to art making and interpreting the world around us.


American Alliance of Museums

Americans for the Arts

Alliance of Artists Communities

Common Field 

Nebraskans for the Arts

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands



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