Open Call


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

With Funding
Omaha, United States


Bemis residency 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. Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency opportunity are not eligible to apply. Bemis welcomes internationally based artists to apply. Working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists as an interpreter will not be provided. Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Residency Program Manager.

Number of Participants

Ten participants are selected, however, 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 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.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 20, 2021 - April 16, 2021


  • $750.00 travel budget
  • $1,000.00 stipend (monthly)


  • $40.00 application fee


Ceramic Facility, Computer Lab, Co-Working, Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Sculpture Facility, Sound Studio, Wood Shop


Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion, Group Dinners, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals


Activists, Animation, Augmented Reality, Ceramics, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Dance, Design, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Fiber Arts, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Opera, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Sculpture, Singing, Sound Art, Textile, Thinkers, Video Art, Visual Arts



Program Description

Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the Bemis Center's 110,000 square foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom. Artists-in-residence have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot industrial space used for large-scale sculpture fabrication. This independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth and experimentation to confront new challenges. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition in our first-floor galleries. Artists who are interested in applying to all 2021 open call opportunities (January–April; May–August; and September–November) will be required to submit a separate application and application fee for each designated session.

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