Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

2022 Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Artist-in-Residence Open Call
Due Apr 1 2021


May 18–August 12, 2022

September 7–November 11, 2022

Total Artists Selected: 2 (1 artist per residency session)

Deadline: April 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on August 1, 2021.


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.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts launched its Sound Art + Experimental Music Program in May 2019 with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Embedded within Bemis Center’s renowned international Residency Program, this opportunity offers a unique experience for two artists working in sound, composition, voice, and experimental genres and tools. National and international artists participating in the program receive financial, technical, and administrative support, along with dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing new works that expand the field of sound art and music. This is an independently-driven, process-based residency in a communal environment, fostering creative growth, experimentation, and supportive exchange. There are no expectations placed on residents to create or perform.

LOW END is Bemis Center’s music venue located in its 25,000 square foot lower level and an integral part of the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program. The unique artist-designated space includes custom seating, theatrical lighting, an anamorphic perspective stage, and industrial-grade sound equipment. LOW END features free live shows by local, national, and international sound artists, composers, and experimental musicians. These performances aim to not only build greater appreciation and new audiences for experimental forms of music but also to liberate the artists on stage to take risks and present truly avant-garde work.

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, amps, microphones, and digital hardware 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.

Selected U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $2,000 USD monthly stipend, a $750 USD travel stipend, a $7,000 USD materials budget, and a $1,600 USD shipping budget to cover the transportation of items or equipment to and from the residency. 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.

Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age showing a strong professional working history. Applicants working in, but not limited to, sound art, composition, experimental music, and a variety of other disciplines where sound is the primary medium will be considered.

Bemis residency alumni are allowed to re-apply after a five-year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking a 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. Awarded artists in a collaborative will each receive a monthly stipend and will share the shipping and materials budget.

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


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


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.

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.

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

Deadline: April 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST

Notifications to all 2022 Sound Artist-in-Residence applicants will be made via email by August 1, 2021.


Your website

Current phone number

Current email

Current ZIP code

Artistic Discipline

Are you a collaborative?

Date of Birth

Which session do you prefer to attend?

May 18–August 12, 2022

September 7–November 11, 2022

My schedule is flexible. If selected I could attend either session.

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, experimenting with new techniques, 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.

An itemized budget of how you would spend the $7,000 materials stipend. (750 word max) If awarded, this would be discussed with Bemis Residency Program staff prior to arrival. The materials stipend must be used within a six-month period from the end of the residency session. Examples include, but not limited to, purchasing new equipment, hiring additional collaborators, or producing an album.

Please provide an estimate of how you would spend the $1,600 USD shipping budget. e.g., are there specific items or equipment you require that would need to be sent to the residency, or do you plan to produce new work that will require shipping from Bemis Center? (750 word max.)

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.


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), and PDFs (up to 10MB each).

Visual media samples should be no larger than 5MB each, .jpegs or .pdfs are preferred.

Individual time-based work should not exceed 5 minutes in length per media sample. Total running time for all media samples should not exceed 50 minutes.

Sound files may be linked to outside platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. Note panelists will only review 5 minutes of each media sample.

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

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

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




Country of origin

Highest level of education

Apply online at

Deadline: April 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on August 1, 2021.

For more information, contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or hollyk [​at​]