Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (NE), International Open Call for Applicants: Spring and Summer 2020 Artists-in-Residence, with stipend
Deadline: May 17th, 2019, 11:59pm CST
Residency dates: Spring January 22nd–April 17th, 2020
Summer May 20th–August 14th, 2020
Total Artists Selected: 20 (10 artists per residency session)
Eligibility: For nearly 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. The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourages creative growth, experimentation, confrontation of challenges, and cultivation of new ideas.
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.
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.
Stipends: 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.
Eligibility: 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. 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.
Link to more information: http://www.bemiscenter.org/residency/current_opportunities.html
Images of facilities: http://www.bemiscenter.org/residency/facilities.html
About: Founded in 1981 by artists Jun Kaneko, Tony Hepburn, Lorne Falke and Ree Schonlau, the spirit and programs of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts are based on the conviction that exceptional talent deserves to be supported. Our practical commitment to this belief is achieved by providing well-equipped studio spaces, living accommodations and a monthly stipend to artists who are awarded residencies. These artists come from around the world to work within a supportive community of like-minded people. The atmosphere and environment offer an ideal situation for creative growth and experimentation and encourage artists to confront new challenges. They are located in Omaha, Nebraska.