Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

Facilities and Resources


Artist-in-Residence studio

Artist-in-Residence live/work studio

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has twelve live/work studios on two floors in which the artists-in-residence reside. Spaces range from 820–2,200 square feet. Each studio has its own kitchen and private bathroom and has been equipped with basic items you will need while here (linens, bedding, dishes, basic set of tools, etc.) Each floor has complementary laundry facilities. Utilities are paid by Bemis Center and each studio is connected to the internet. Contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, for more information at 402.341.7130 x 12 or

Installation Room

Third Floor Communal Residency Installation Room

Bemis Center has approximately 6,500 square feet of project space on the third floor. These spaces are available to all artists-in-residence. As such, artists need to coordinate shared usage with the Residency Program Team and the other artists-in-residence. The installation space is not open to the public unless coordinated through the administrative offices.

Third Floor Communal Residency Installation Room

Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility

Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility

The Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility is the Bemis Center’s stand alone, fabrication space. The 9,000 square ft building is equipped with a variety of hand tools, measuring instruments, clamps, vices, utility carts, and work tables for our artists-in-residence. Below is a complete list of available power tools and equipment.

Bailey, BX4227D Electric Kiln (Oval)
North Star, 36” Slab Roller
Shimpo, VL Whisper Potter’s Wheel

Power Tools
Bosch, 1617EVS & 618EVS, 2.5 HP Router (plunge & fixed base)
Bosch, PR20EVS, 1 HP Palm Router
Bosch, GSS20-40, Finishing Sander (2)
Bosch, JS470EB Barrel Grip Jig Saw
Bostitch, BTFP12233, 18 Gauge Brad Nailer
Bostitch, SX1838, 18 Gauge Narrow Crown Stapler
DeWalt, DW411, Palm Sander
DeWalt, DCS381, 20v Cordless Reciprocating Saw
DeWalt, DCF885, 20v Impact Driver (2)
DeWalt, DCD780, 20v Cordless Drill (2)
DeWalt, DCD985, 20v Cordless Hammer Drill
DeWalt, DCD985, 3/8” Keyless Chuck Drill
DeWalt, DWD2106,1/2” Keyed Chuck Drill
Dremel, 200 Series, Rotary Tool
Dremel, 2050 Stylo+, Rotary Tool
Ingersoll Rand, SS-3, Portable Air Compressor
Makita, 9404, 4” x 24” Belt Sander
Makita, 9557PB, 4 ½” Angle Grinder
Makita, JR3050T, 11-amp Reciprocating Saw
Milwaukee, 5376-20, 1/2” Hammer Drill
Porter Cable, 543, Jig Saw
Porter Cable, BN200C, 18 Gauge Brad Nailer
Rolair, AB5 “Air Buddy”, ½ HP Portable Air Compressor
Ryobi, R163G, Router (mounted on router table)
Ryobi, HJP001, 12v Cordless Drill
Skil, SPT77W, Worm Drive Circular Saw
Skil, 5400, Circular Saw
Skil, 7510, 3” x 18” Belt Sander

Welding + Metal Working
Hypertherm, PowerMax 30, Plasma Cutter
Jet, J-2500, 15” Standing Drill Press
Jet, IBG-8, Industrial 8” Bench Grinder
Miller, Millermatic 185 MIG Welder
Milwaukee, 6177-20 Abrasive Cut Off Saw
Smith / Harris, Oxy-Acetylene Hoses and Regulators
Victor, 0-135, Cutting Torch
Victor, 6 Rosebud Heating Tip
Victor, 00, 2, & 4 Welding Tips

Bosch, RA 1171, Router Table
Delta, 28-203, 14” Vertical Band Saw
DeWalt, DW705, 12” Compound Miter Saw
DeWalt, DW734, 12 ½” Thickness Planer
Festool, CT MIDI HEPA 575267 Dust Extractor
Jet, JDP-17DX, Standing Drill Press
Jet, DC-1100VX, Portable Dust Collector (3)
Jet, AFS-1000B Air Filtration System
Rexon, RM-311, Scroll Saw
Rikon, 80-805, 8” Low Speed Bench Grinder (tool sharpening)
SawStop, ICS53230, 10” Industrial Table Saw

Please contact the Residency Program Team before arriving to inquire about additional resources. 

Clare Haas Howard Research Library

Clare Haas Howard Research Library

The Clare Haas Howard Research Library is located on the main floor of the Bemis Center, near the administrative offices. The library contains over 2,500 art-related books, organized by artist and medium. These also include numerous volumes on art history, design and museum catalogs. The library is open to the public during staff hours (11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., Monday–Saturday) as a research facility. Current artists-in-residence are permitted to check out books. The Clare Haas Howard Research Library is searchable online at

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