Raven Halfmoon: Flags of Our Mothers and Paul Stephen Benjamin: Black of Night on display through September 15, 2024.

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Glyneisha Johnson Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Photo by Colin Conces12


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Open House Open Studios Photo by Debra Kaplan
General Operations

Provide a foundation of operating support to make a broad range of educational and inspiring cultural experiences possible and always free and accessible.

Claudia Wieser Generations Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Photo by Colin Conces5

Exhibition Sponsors help Bemis engage visitors of all ages through exhibitions focusing on the most innovative ideas, voices, and forms of art on a global scale. Exhibitions are always free and accessible, through the generous support of our sponsors.

Arts Open House Open Studios Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe workshop
Public Programs

Public Programs Sponsors provide Bemis’s diverse audiences free and accessible opportunities to learn about and be inspired by contemporary art. Artist-led classes and workshops, ARTalks, open studio events, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances provide the community direct access to artists and to their diverse approaches to art making and interpreting the world around us.

Shagha Ariannia Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Photo by Colin Conces1

Residency Sponsors uphold Bemis’s formidable, 40-year reputation as one of the top international residency programs. Attracting artists from around the world to Omaha, Nebraska, Bemis provides artists dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work through the generous support of our sponsors.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Open House Open Studios Marc Vilanova performance Photo by Debra Kaplan

Since Bemis Center’s founding in 1981, more than 1,500 artists have participated in our Residency or have exhibited at Bemis. The Bemis Alumni Program ensures our ongoing relevance, impact, and connection to former artists by providing financial resources, unique opportunities, and expanding professional networks.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Benefit Art Auction Concert 2019 Photo by Chris Holtmeier Fotonfoto6

Bemis Center’s special events—such as its Benefit Art + Concert and Summer Arts Encounter featuring today’s leading contemporary artists—provide premier marketing platforms while supporting all Bemis programs and operations. The events draw visitors to Omaha from across the midwest, ranging from emerging to established artists and young professionals to longstanding business leaders.

Explore sponsorship levels below or contact us to discuss the opportunities that best align with your philanthropic goals.

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All benefits above for four individuals, plus:
  • Logo in print and digital materials and publicity, including the Benefit Art Auction invitation.

  • Logo on sponsor wall at the Auction Exhibition and prominently displayed at the Benefit event.

  • Logo in sponsor listings on-site and in printed materials for one year.

$4,420 tax-deductible


To learn more or to customize a sponsorship opportunity

Ellie Novak
Development Director


Bemis Center’s mission is made possible, in part, by our generous sponsors.


Cindy and Mogens Bay
Karen and Robert Duncan
Connie and Todd Duncan
Carol Gendler
Lawrence R. and Jeannette James Foundation
Betiana and Todd Simon
The Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation
Stacy Simon
Annette and Paul Smith
Donald Wurster


Deanna Viars Bosselman and Fred Bosselman
Lili Cheng and Yarom Boss
Devin Fox and Rob Block
Danielle and Jeff Gordman
Kelsey Janda and Tony Noecker
Susan and Mike Lebens
Trudy and Larry Lundquist
Victoria Maclin and Ken Lyons
The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation
Polina and Bob Schlott
William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
Karen and Richard Vierk


Melanie and Fred Clark
Terri and Mike Dunlap
Cindy and Scott Heider
Ree and Jun Kaneko
Teresa and David Rogers
Natalie and Thomas Simms


Catherine and Terry Ferguson
Michel Cohen
Susan Friedman Cohn
Marlina and Dusty Davidson
Amy Haddad and Steve Martin
Joanie and Richard Jacobson
Samantha and Mitch Mosser
Ed Ruscha
Robin and Aaron Shaddy
Haleigh and Michael J. Smith II
Sarah and Jon Tvrdik
UNL Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
UNO Medical Humanities
Kate and Roger Weitz
Dara Pagano and Jeff Wyatt


Bemis Center for
Contemporary Arts

724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102


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Wed 11 am–5 pm
Thu 11 am–9 pm
Fri 11 am–5 pm
Sat 11 am–5 pm
Sun 11 am–5 pm