Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Alumni Award

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is thrilled to offer its first Alumni Award. This $5,000 unrestricted annual award is designed to provide financial support to increase the capacity of an alum’s practice. Funds may be used for any purpose and do not need to be tied to a specific project or body of work.


Miatta Kawinzi is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator. Born in Nashville, TN to a Liberian mother and Kenyan father, Kawinzi grew up moving through various geographic, cultural, and linguistic spaces that inform their work and interest in hybridity and layered imagery and content. The artist works with still and moving images, their voice and body, gesture, language, objects, space, and sound to explore practices of re-imagining the self, identity, and culture through abstraction and poetics. Their work engages interior and exterior landscapes to illuminate themes of selfhood, diaspora, and belonging. Kawinzi participated in the Bemis Residency Program in 2016.

Miatta Kawinzi; Libration, 2019. Installation View. HD Color Video Projection, Quadraphonic Sound, Elastic, Thread; Dimensions variable; Site-specific installation view at Red Bull Arts Detroit, Detroit, MI; Courtesy of the artist; Photo by Clare Gatto.

Alumni artists were nominated for the Bemis Alumni Award and the winner was selected by José Diaz, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Kim Nguyen, Curator and Head of Programs, Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Karen Patterson, Curator, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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