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Artist Residency in the U.S.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Omaha, Nebraska
Mission Bemis Center facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Overview 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.

Established in 2017 as the first of its kind in Nebraska, Bemis Center’s Curator-in-Residence Program provides a curator the opportunity to participate in the Bemis Residency Program, serve as a professional resource to Bemis artists-in-residence and the Greater Omaha arts community, and organize exhibitions and public programs at Bemis Center.

Bemis Center’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, launched in 2019, is a special track within the Residency Program for artists working in sound, composition, voice, and music of all genres. Participating artists will receive financial, technical, and administrative support, along with dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing. The program includes a performance venue offering free live shows for the public to experience the latest innovations by local, national, and international sound artists and experimental musicians.                                                   

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. 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. Working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists as an interpreter will not be provided.

Application Requirements 
Application Materials  
1) Basic info: Your website, current phone number, current email, current ZIP code, date of birth
2) Artistic Discipline
3) Are you a collaborative? 4) A brief statement about your creative and intellectual interests and description of how you anticipate using the time and space. (500 words max)
5) Specific resources necessary to your practice you may require while in residency, based on your interests and residency goals previously mentioned. (100 words max)
6) Current Resume. PDF format preferred. 7) Two references including name, email, phone number, and relationship to each reference. Letters of recommendation are not required.


1) 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.
2) Each time-based work sample should be up to five minutes in length or less.
3) Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format; 1,500 words max or 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.
4) Do not include external links to media samples or websites. Do not include multiple page .pdfs as one media sample. Do not include trailer video samples.


A $40 USD non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submitting an application through SlideRoom paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of completed applications is only accepted online through Fees related to visa processes or passport acquisition are the responsibility of the awarded artist.

Facilities and Grants 
Studios and facilities:
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 research library.


U.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. Bemis 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.

Application Deadlines
For more information, contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or