About the programFor four decades Bemis Center’s core mission has been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. To date, more than 1,000 artists have participated in the residency program.
Bemis offers artists-in-residence unmatched technical guidance, access to interns, 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. The Bemis Alumni Program extends artist support beyond their Bemis residency through Alumni Residencies, an annual Alumni Award, and Alumni Convenings.
EligibilityResidency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age showing a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and choreography.
Bemis residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a five-year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended. Learn more about our Alumni Program.
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 international artists to apply. Working knowledge of English is helpful as Bemis Center is unable to offer an interpreter.
Duration2022 SUMMER RESIDENCY SESSION
May 18–August 12, 2022
Deadline: April 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST Total Artists Selected: 8
Notifications to all Summer 2022 applicants will be made via email on August 1, 2021.
2022 FALL RESIDENCY SESSION
September 7–November 11, 2022
Deadline: August 16, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST Total Artists Selected: 8
Notifications to all Fall 2022 applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2021.
Studio informationLocated in the historic Old Market, Omaha’s arts and culture district, Bemis Center’s campus accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Two selected artists-in-residence will enjoy a generous sized, private live/work studio complete with kitchen and bathroom. Sound Art + Experimental Music artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to Bemis Center’s Sound Studio, a 1,000 square foot shared workspace that includes a variety of instruments, microphones, and software to assist and expand creative processes. Selected residents will also have 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.
What the AiR providesU.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $1,000 USD monthly stipend and an additional $750 USD travel 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. Additional stipends for studio supplies or materials are not available.
What the Artist paysBemis Center is not responsible for organizing artist’s travel to Omaha to attend the residency. Additional stipends for studio supplies or materials are not available.
How to applyApplication fee (USD): $40.00 (only for artists). Submission of applications is only accepted online.
SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Residency applications are reviewed by a rotating panel 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. The review process takes 12–14 weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision. If an artist is selected for more than one session, the artist will select one session to attend. Apply online at bemis.slideroom.com.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
- 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. working on current projects, conducting research, reading, writing, etc., if you are selected for a residency. (500 words max)
- Specific resources necessary to your practice you may require while in residency, based on your interests and residency goals previously mentioned. (100 words max)
- Current Resume. If you are a collaborative group, include a combined resume listing all collaborative members and reflecting previous work history and projects completed as a collaborative. Please list all collaborative members at the top of the resume. PDF format preferred.
- Two references including name, email, phone number, and relationship to each reference. References will be contacted by Bemis Center during the review panel process. Letters of recommendation are not required.
- Up to ten media samples of work completed within the past five years 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.
- Do not include multiple page .pdfs as one media sample.
- Multiple images in a single media sample are not recommended and can be difficult for panelists to review.
- Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format; approximately one 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.
OPEN CALL SURVEY
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]?
- Residencies you are scheduled to attend next year
- Previous artist residencies attended
- Country of origin
- Highest level of education
OutcomeResidencies are independent, self-directed, and process-based: there are no expectations placed on artists to create or perform. Residents are, however, invited to participate in at least one opportunity to engage our community, such as our public Open House / Open Studios.
Selected artists must attend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks within a residency session to be accepted. Deferring or rescheduling a residency is not permitted at this time. Late arrivals, early departures, or extended absences may result in prorated stipends.
ContactAddress: 724 South 12th Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Tel: +1 402 3417130 / Fax: +1 402 3419791
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