Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Open Call for Submissions

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites U.S.-based artists to submit artwork for the 2019 Benefit Art Auction starting June 1, 2019. A panel of arts professionals will select approximately 300 works to be included in this year’s Benefit Art Auction, taking place on Friday, October 25. All auction proceeds support participating artists and raise critical funds for Bemis Center programs.

Artists may choose to donate between 50% to 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their work to Bemis Center. Artist/Bemis Center split is based on the final sale price. Artwork will not be sold below 60% of retail value. 

If your artwork is selected for the 2019 Benefit Art Auction, as a thank you for your generosity, your donation entitles you to:

  • Two complimentary tickets to join us at the Benefit Art Auction on October 25
  • An invitation for two to the Artist and Member Preview Reception on October 11
  • Bemis Alumni Status*
  • One-year Bemis Center Membership
  • Free shipping and framing (if applicable to your submissions)
  • Lifetime HUGS from all your fans at Bemis!

There is no fee for submissions.

2019 Benefit Art Auction Timeline
June 1–First Day to Submit Artwork
July 1–Final Day to Submit Artwork 
Mid-July–Notification of Selected Artwork
August 16–Deadline for Artwork Arrival at Bemis
October 11–Artist and Member Preview Reception
October 25–Benefit Art Auction + Concert

How to Submit:
1. Click SUBMIT below.
2. Upload up to two images, artwork details, and a short bio. 


Thank you for generously supporting Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts with your participation and creativity!

*This year we are thrilled to have launched a formal Alumni Program! Open to any artist who has participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or has exhibited at Bemis since the organization’s founding in 1981, the Alumni Program ensures the organization’s ongoing relevance, impact, and connection to its former artists by providing financial resources and unique opportunities and expanding professional networks. More information about our new Alumni Residency, Award, and Convenings.

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