Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Alumni Residency Open Call


Two Bemis alumni will be selected to participate in a 4–6 week Alumni Residency to be scheduled during a 2021 residency session: 

January 20–April 16, 2021
May 19–August 16, 2021
September 8–November 5, 2021

Total Artists Selected: 2


Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2020.

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Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, Bemis Center's campus accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with a kitchen and bathroom and have 24-hour access to expansive installation and production spaces within Bemis Center’s 110,000 square foot main facility and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot large-scale sculpture fabrication space and workshop. A Bemis residency also includes complimentary laundry facilities, utilities, wifi, and access to an on-site research library. Bemis offers artists-in-residence unmatched technical guidance and an established network of resources. Participants have the opportunity to create networks, collaborate, and share their work with fellow artists-in-residence, organizational partners, and the public.


Selected U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $250 USD weekly stipend, a $750 USD travel stipend, and an additional $2,500 USD unrestricted materials stipend. Due to the limitations of B2 visas (touring/visiting), international artists-in-residence are eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation, and meals. Selected artists are responsible for organizing travel to Omaha to attend the residency.


Alumni Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists who have participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or have exhibited at Bemis after a two-year hiatus from the program. Artists who participated in the Bemis Residency Program or exhibited at Bemis prior to August 2018 are eligible to apply for a 2021 residency.

Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency opportunity are not eligible to apply.

Small collaborative groups are eligible to apply. Please note, if selected, Bemis Center is only able to accommodate two members of a collaborative group to attend the residency and live on-site.

Bemis welcomes internationally based artists to apply. Working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists, as an interpreter will not be provided.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact the Residency Program Manager.


Artists are invited to participate in at least one opportunity for public presentation, such as our public Open House / Open Studios. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition in our first-floor galleries. Artists are not able to defer or reschedule if unable to attend the residency.


A $15 USD non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submitting an application through SlideRoom paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of completed applications is only accepted online through Fees related to visa processes or passport acquisition are the responsibility of the awarded artist.


SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Residency applications are reviewed by a rotating panel comprised of artists and arts professionals, such as curators, academics, and/or critics. The application review process consists of an online review followed by an on-site panel meeting. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.

Deadline: August 15, 2020 | 11:59 PM CST

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2020.


  • What year did you participate in Bemis Center's Residency and/or Exhibition Program?
  • Your website
  • Current phone number
  • Current email
  • Current ZIP code
  • Artistic Discipline
  • Are you a collaborative?
  • Date of Birth
  • A brief statement about your creative and intellectual interests and description of how you anticipate using the time and space, e.g., continuing working on current projects, conducting research, reading, writing, etc. (750 words max)
  • Based on your interests and residency goals previously mentioned, are there specific resources you may require while in residency necessary to your studio practice? (100 words max)
  • Is there anything specific that you would like to revisit or continue exploring in Omaha/the Midwest region that is not stated above? (500 words max)
  • An itemized budget of how you would spend the $2,500 USD materials stipend. (100 words) *If awarded, this would be discussed with Bemis Residency Program staff prior to arrival.


Provide up to five media samples of work examples including: images (up to 5MB each), video (up to 250MB each), audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each), and/or models (Sketchfab).

  • Images should be no larger than 5MB each, .jpegs or .pdfs are preferred.
  • Each time-based work sample should be up to five minutes in length or less.
  • Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format; approximately one standard page in length, (i.e., one page is the equivalent of one media sample). Works-in-progress may be included; all samples must be submitted in English.
  • Do not include multiple page .pdfs as one media sample.
  • Multiple images in a single media sample are not recommended and difficult for panelists to review.


Please answer the following questions for research and statistical purposes.

  • How did you hear about this Bemis Center Residency Program opportunity?
  • What aspect of this residency opportunity inspired you to apply?
  • Would you use your time at Bemis to continue an existing project or create a new project[s]?
  • Are you scheduled to attend other residencies next year?
  • Previous artist residencies attended
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Country of origin

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Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2020.

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

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