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Artist-in-Residence, Joy Moore in the studio
Artist-in-Residence, Lauren Kalman in the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility
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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Open Call for Curator-in-Residence Program

Residency Session: January–December 2018

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on July 15, 2017.

More information: bemiscenter.org/residency

Residency Opportunity Description:
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications from national and international curators for its Curator-in-Residence Program. Beginning January 2018, the successful candidate will participate in a one-year fully subsidized live/work residency as part of the Bemis Center’s acclaimed Artist-in-Residence Program. S/he will originate and present three exhibitions and related public programs inclusive of local and national artists. The Curator-in-Residence will work alongside residency and curatorial staff, and actively contribute to the overall vision of the Bemis Center’s renowned exhibition program. The Curator-in-Residence will be encouraged to work on independent research and other curatorial projects while in residence.

Competitive applicants will possess a strong knowledge of international contemporary art and a genuine interest in researching and responding to cultural production in Omaha and the region. The Curator-in-Residence is part of the cultural fabric of the city, serving as a professional resource for local artists and arts professionals, and as an ambassador of the Bemis Center in the community. S/he will be an integral member of the Bemis Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program, stimulating intellectual discourse surrounding contemporary art practice through studio visits, knowledge-sharing workshops, and other organized programs with fellow artists-in-residence.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator-in-Residence is a full-time temporary position that will work closely with the Exhibitions Program team. S/he will be involved in all curatorial and administrative aspects of organizing three exhibitions over the one-year residency. Exhibitions should be original, conceptually rigorous, and exemplify the true breadth and experimentation currently defining contemporary art. The 2018 exhibition dates: March 15–May 26, June 28–September 22, and November 29–February 23, 2019.

Duties include, but are not limited to: research, artist and donor relations, exhibition design and installation, writing/editing of scholarly texts and didactics, budgeting, conceptualizing and leading public programs, and exhibition tours.

Location

Omaha, Nebraska: United States

Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts provides a diversity of residency opportunities to work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. Bemis facilitates the development of material and intellectual interests; and maintains an alumni program that further extends Bemis support. We offer artists-in-residence unmatched critical and technical guidance, access to assistants and interns, an established network of resources, and opportunities to engage in dialogue with Bemis Center communities.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: Artists-in-Residence-three months, Curator-in-Residence-one year
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8–12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 36-42
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1,200

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    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 alumni are allowed to re-apply for residency after a three 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. The Bemis Center expects selected artists to attend the residency in it’s entirety. If an artist can not attend after they have been selected and scheduled, the artist may not defer and must decline the award.

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

    The 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. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, at 402.341.7130 x12 or hollyk@bemiscenter.org.

  • Application deadline: May 31

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Manuel Neri, David Nash, Matt Lynch, Alice Aycock, Ian Harvey, Michael Todd, Miriam Bloom, Andreas Grunert, Christian Rothmann, Micki Watanabe, Gillian Welch, Janette Beckman, Cey Adams
Bemis is a fantastic thing out in the middle of America. It was a real meeting place away from the usual art-centered group. Working at Bemis was certainly different. I’m still trying to digest what happened there.
— Manuel Neri

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents are responsible for their own meals and groceries; each live-work studio has a private kitchen.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Painting, Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Residents are given large live-work, multipurpose studios. Laundry facilities are provided on site. Residents have access to a private gym.
  • Other facilities and services: Omaha is a community that combines urban and rural lifestyles with a population of over 400,000. Bemis Center is located in the heart of the Downtown Old Market which offers shops, restaurants, pubs, bookstores, a public library, hardware store, and post office all within walking distance. Omaha Eppley Airport is located less than 5 miles from the Bemis Center. If artists are arriving by car, Bemis provides on-site parking for the duration of the residency located directly across the street from Bemis. There are several parks, trails, waterways and natural resources located in and around the city. Bemis offers communal bikes to use to explore highlights such as the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River into neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, and the Henry Doorly Zoo are also national favorites. A vehicle for local use is available to resident artists. As Bemis is a self-directed residency, it does not direct or structure social activities for artists. The city of Omaha is home to richly creative assets including KANEKO, Joslyn Art Museum, El Museo Latino, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, and Filmstreams. Bemis Center has several local partnerships with many organizations that offer resources and benefits to artists in residence.

Residency Fees

There are no fees to apply. Submission of applications is only accepted online at bemis.slideroom.com.

Stipends / other support

The selected Curator-in-Residence will receive an annual amount of $36,600, which includes a monthly residency stipend, a travel/research transportation allowance, and a monthly curatorial honorarium*. The selected Curator-in-Residence will be offered a relocation allowance up to $2,000.** The Bemis Center provides free, on-site lodging in a sizable, well-appointed live/work studio with private bath and kitchen including complimentary utilities, laundry, WiFi and free parking. The Curator-in-Residence will work within a fast-paced, team environment with the Bemis Center staff, volunteers, interns, and Board of Directors, and have access to a dedicated gallery: approximately 2,000 square feet; 12 1/2 foot ceilings, and concrete floors. *Miscellaneous income is subject to reporting on Form 1099. **Curator-in-Residence will organize personal travel and moving costs to and from Omaha, Nebraska.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
United States
Tel: 402.341.7130