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. Bemis residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a five-year hiatus from the 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 internationally based artists to apply. Bemis Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Learn more at

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 22, 2020 - April 17, 2020


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


  • $40.00 application fee


Ceramic Facility, Desk Space


Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion


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



Program Description

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. Bemis Center is also currently building an alumni program that will further extend ongoing artist support. Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, Bemis Center's campus accommodates a broad range of artistic activity. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with a kitchen and bathroom and have 24-hour 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 library.

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