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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 2022 Alumni Residency Open Call


Type: Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges [View all]
Posted by: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Deadline: Mon, August 16th, 2021

Two Bemis alumni will be selected to participate in a 4–6 week Alumni Residency to be scheduled during a 2022 residency session: 

January 19–April 15, 2022
May 18–August 12, 2022
September 7–November 11, 2022

Total Artists Selected: 2

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

 

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

 

STUDIOS, FACILITIES, AND RESOURCES

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Selected U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $250 USD weekly stipend, a $750 USD travel stipend, and an additional $2,500 USD unrestricted materials 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.

ELIGIBILITY

Alumni Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists who have participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or have exhibited at Bemis after a two-year hiatus from the program. Artists who participated in the Bemis Residency Program or exhibited at Bemis prior to August 2019 are eligible to apply for a 2022 residency.

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.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

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 accommodations or questions about accessibility, please contact the Residency Program Manager.

 

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 $15 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, alumni, 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. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.

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

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

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

What year did you participate in Bemis Center’s Residency and/or Exhibition Program?

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., continuing working on current projects, conducting research, reading, writing, etc. (750 words max)

Based on your interests and residency goals previously mentioned, are there specific resources you may require while in residency necessary to your studio practice? (100 words max)

Is there anything specific that you would like to revisit or continue exploring in Omaha/the Midwest region that is not stated above? (500 words max)

An itemized budget of how you would spend the $2,500 USD materials stipend. (100 words) *If awarded, this would be discussed with Bemis Residency Program staff prior to arrival.

PORTFOLIO

Provide up to five media samples of work examples 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.

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

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.

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]?

Are you scheduled to attend other residencies next year?

Previous artist residencies attended

Age

Race

Gender

Country of origin

Apply online at bemis.slideroom.com. 

 

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

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

 

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



Posted on Sun, February 7th, 2021
Expires on Mon, August 16th, 2021

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