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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence Open Call
Due Aug 16 2021

2022 FALL RESIDENCY SESSION
September 7–November 11, 2022

Deadline: August 16, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST

Total Artists Selected: 8


Notifications to all Fall 2022 applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2021.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

For 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. To date, more than 1,000 artists have participated in the residency program.

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. The Bemis Alumni Program extends artist support beyond their Bemis residency through Alumni Residencies, an annual Alumni Award, and Alumni Convenings.

STUDIOS AND FACILITIES
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, microphones, 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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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. Selected artists are responsible for organizing travel to Omaha to attend the residency. Additional stipends for studio supplies or materials are not available.



ELIGIBILITY
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. 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.

Bemis welcomes international artists to apply. Working knowledge of English is helpful as Bemis Center is unable to offer an interpreter.

ACCESSIBILITY

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.

The Bemis Center campus includes two buildings that are ADA compliant with barrier-free access. The main building spans six levels and houses twelve, private live/work studios between the second and third floors, each ranging in size and configuration. There are five live/work studios on the third floor with roll-in shower stalls. Communal installation workspaces are barrier-free. The private residency entrance to the first floor consists of six steps. There are seven stairs and an ADA-approved ramp to the main entrance, which also accesses the first floor. A passenger elevator operates between the first floor and fifth floor.

The Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility is a single-story, ground-level building located directly across the street from the main building. A cobblestone and brick city street separates the two facilities and conjoins the parking lot, which includes accessible parking spaces at the front entrance for visitors and residents. Okada includes two gender-neutral and accessible bathrooms with handrails. Workspaces can be arranged and organized to accommodate a variety of practices and needs.

The Sound Studio, located on the lower level, can be accessed from the first floor by eighteen steps. The basement level is also accessible from the first-floor entrance of the landing dock by a single chair lift or eighteen stairs. The Sound Studio is barrier-free and ADA compliant.

In striving to create accessibility for all, Bemis welcomes inquiries from applicants with specific questions to ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of any resident. Please direct residency accessibility questions to Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or hollyk@bemiscenter.org.


OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

Residencies are independent, self-directed, and process-based: there are no expectations placed on artists to create or perform. Residents are, however, invited to participate in at least one opportunity to engage our community, such as our public Open House / Open Studios.

Selected artists must attend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks within a residency session to be accepted. Deferring or rescheduling a residency is not permitted at this time. Late arrivals, early departures, or extended absences may result in prorated stipends.


FEES
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 bemis.slideroom.com. Fees related to visa processes or passport acquisition are the responsibility of the awarded artist.

APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS
SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Residency applications are reviewed by a rotating panel of artists and arts professionals, such as curators, academics, and/or critics. The application review process consists of an online review followed by an on-site panel meeting. The review process takes 12–14 weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision. If an artist is selected for more than one session, the artist will select one session to attend.

Apply online at bemis.slideroom.com.

September 7–November 11, 2022

Deadline: August 16, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST
Notifications to all Fall 2022 applicants will be made via email on December 31, 2021.


REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

Your website

Current phone number

Current email

Current ZIP code

Artistic Discipline

Are you a collaborative?

Date of Birth

A brief statement about your creative and intellectual interests and description of how you anticipate using the time and space, e.g. working on current projects, conducting research, reading, writing, etc., if you are selected for a residency. (500 words max)

Specific resources necessary to your practice you may require while in residency, based on your interests and residency goals previously mentioned. (100 words max)

Current Resume. If you are a collaborative group, include a combined resume listing all collaborative members and reflecting previous work history and projects completed as a collaborative. Please list all collaborative members at the top of the resume. PDF format preferred.

Two references including name, email, phone number, and relationship to each reference. References will be contacted by Bemis Center during the review panel process. Letters of recommendation are not required.

PORTFOLIO

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.

Each time-based work sample should be up to five minutes in length or less.

Do not include multiple page .pdfs as one media sample.

Multiple images in a single media sample are not recommended and can be difficult for panelists to review.

Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format; 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.

OPEN CALL SURVEY
Please answer the following questions for research and statistical purposes.

How did you hear about this Bemis Center Residency Program opportunity?

What aspect of this residency opportunity inspired you to apply?

Would you use your time at Bemis to continue an existing project or create a new project[s]?

Residencies you are scheduled to attend next year

Previous artist residencies attended

Age

Race

Gender

Country of origin

Highest level of education

Apply online at bemis.slideroom.com.

For more information, contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or hollyk@bemiscenter.org.