Open Call

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 2022 Sound Art + Experimental Music Open Call

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

With Funding
Omaha, United States


Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age showing a strong professional working history. Applicants working in, but not limited to, sound art, composition, experimental music, and a variety of other disciplines where sound is the primary medium will be considered. Bemis residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a five-year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking a 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.

Number of Participants

2022 SUMMER + FALL RESIDENCY SESSIONS: May 18–August 12, 2022 September 7–November 11, 2022 Total Artists Selected: 2 (1 artist per residency session) Deadline: April 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on August 1, 2021.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 18, 2022 - November 11, 2022


  • $8,600.00 material budget (one-time)
  • $750.00 travel budget
  • $2,000.00 stipend (weekly)


  • $40.00 application fee


Ceramic Facility, Co-Working, Darkroom, Desk Space, Fabrication Lab, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Sound Studio


Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom


No meals


Animation, Artificial Intelligence, Ceramics, Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Multimedia, Music, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Public Art, Sculpture, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Video Art, Visual Arts


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Program Description

Located 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, amps, microphones, and digital hardware 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.

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