Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Current Artists-in-Residence


The diverse range of disciplines includes animation, architecture, drawing, film, furniture-making, music, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, sound, textiles, video, and writing. Represented areas of focus include cultural identity, memory, and sexualities of diasporas; transformation within the minutiae of the everyday; the effects of institutional control and social power structures on individual autonomy; exploring and exaggerating the interdisciplinary relationship between art, design, craft, architecture, and industrial production; displacement within a double diaspora; exodus, long-distance nationalism, and belonging; the interplay between systems that drive technological progress and engagement in a digital and physical hybrid world; transitions between visual and sonic forms; nature and cultural context such as history, national myths, and the importance of rituals; and the exploration of sound, performance, and objects as they relate to audience and space. 

These artists, with the exception of Guy Goldstein who was invited to be the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program artist-in-residence in partnership with Joslyn Museum, were selected from an international pool of 200 applicants. All applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a twelve-person panel including Sterling Allen, Artist, past Bemis Artist-in-Residence, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, and Co-Founder, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX;  Lyndon Barrois Jr., Artist and past Bemis Artist-in-Residence, Saint Louis, MO; Alison Burstein, Independent Curator, New York, NY; Amy Chaloupka, Independent Curator, Bellingham, WA; Anna Campbell, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; John Engelbrecht, Director, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA; Ciara Ennis, Curator and Director, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA; Lindsey French, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Jason Lazarus, Artist and Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Jared Thorne, Artist and Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Pedro Velez, Artist and Critic, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Jovanna Venegas, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art Department, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by a three-person panel including Sylvie Fortin, Independent Curator, Critic, and Editor, Montréal, Canada and New York, NY; Joaquin Segura, Artist, founding member and board advisor, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico; Natalia Zuluaga, former Artistic Director, ArtCenter/South Florida (now Oolite Arts), Miami Beach, FL. 

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