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Open Call 2019 Curator-in-Residence Opportunity

RESIDENCY SESSION: January–December, 2019
Deadline– June 1, 2018
Application fee– There is no fee to apply.


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications from national and international curators for its Curator-in-Residence Program. Beginning January 2019, the successful candidate will participate in a one-year fully subsidized live/work residency as part of 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 Bemis Center’s renowned exhibition program. As a residency, the Curator-in-Residence will have the space and freedom to work on research and curatorial projects independent of his/her exhibitions at the Bemis.

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 Bemis Center in the community. S/he will be an integral member of 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 Program Director, the Curator-in-Residence is a full-time temporary position that will work closely with the Exhibition 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 2019 exhibition dates are: March 21–June 15, July 11–September 21, and November 21, 2019–February 15, 2020.

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 exhibition-related public programs, and tours.

The Curator-in-Residence studio is for single occupancy only; Bemis Center is unable to accommodate partners, children, and pets at this time.

There is no fee to apply. Submission of applications is only accepted online at

About Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.

Residency opportunities are open to national and international arts professionals 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history.

Students enrolled in an academic program during the time of requested residency are not eligible to apply.

Bemis Center welcomes internationally based arts professionals to apply. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists, as an interpreter will not be provided. Upon notification of acceptance to the residency, the selected individual will be responsible for preparing and submitting the required personal employment visa materials by August 2018. A P-3 visa is recommended. Please visit the USCIS website for more information: Bemis Center will provide appropriate documentation and materials to supplement the visa application process. Due to the current state of temporary, immigrant travel policies to the United States, we are unable to guarantee approval. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. As an international call, Bemis Center strives to support applicants from any country.

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. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact the Residency Program Manager, Holly Kranker, at 402.341.7130 x 12 or


  • Master’s degree in curatorial or museum studies, art history, or related field; or five years equivalent professional work experience in the field;
  • A minimum of 1–2 years of curatorial experience in an academic, nonprofit, and/or commercial gallery setting;
  • Strong knowledge of international contemporary art and a keen interest in understanding and working with Omaha’s cultural landscape;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Creative and strategic thinker with the capacity to take initiative and to work independently as well as a team player in a fun, yet demanding, arts organization.
  • The ideal candidate will understand and promote Bemis Center’s mission and, as an ambassador of the organization, perform all Bemis-related duties in a professional, responsible manner.

Application & Fee
Applications are only accepted online at There is no fee to apply.

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 curatorial honorarium*. The selected Curator-in-Residence will be offered a relocation allowance up to $2,000.** Bemis Center provides free, onsite 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 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.

Application Review Process
SlideRoom will confirm receipt of your submitted application. Applications are reviewed by a rotating panel represented by national and regional arts professionals such as artists, curators, academics, and/or critics. The review process will take 6–8 weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision.


Deadline: 11:59pm CST | June 1, 2018

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email by August 1, 2018.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102


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Submission Friday:

Sophia Schultz


Ash (2017), 120mm black and white photo

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Submission Friday:

Olga Pypno, “nostalgia”, 2018

- a painting / screen printed wallpaper using flowers pressed from grandmothers garden when I was little.

Instagram: @olgapypno

Tumblr: @olgapypno

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Submission Friday:

Harry Williams

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Submission Friday:

Sarah Milstein

Conversation Piece, b-mix clay with frost slip.  San Francisco, 2018.  This piece is intended to start a conversation.  There is no handset because I don’t want it to be so real that you walk by it without thinking.  It’s about nostalgia–how we used to talk on the phone for hours, how we knew our friends’ numbers by heart, how we really had to want to reach someone because it took so long to dial.  We are in an era when we are so connected, and yet at the same time, disconnected from each other.  I want it to encourage listening and communicating better.

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Submission Friday:

Joan Wadleigh Curran, Security, 2016-17, Oil on canvas, 48" x 48"

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Submission Friday:

Marion Volant, Nature presque morte

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Submission Friday:

Name: Collin Ginsburg

Title: Androgynous Business

Location: London

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Submission Friday:

Marie Irmgard, Nogales, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, 2018. 

Photo: Markus Bachmann

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Submission Friday:

Yu-Chen Chiu

America Seen, Florida.

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Submission Friday:

Fred Lisaius, “Family Tree”, 60 x 36 inches, acrylic on birch panel. 

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Submission Friday:

Maximilian Canepa, Freshly picked Rice - Ubud, Bali

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Submission Friday:

Dominique Cheng

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Submission Friday:

Laurinda Stockwell, Rainy

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Submission Friday:


Gran’s, Inkjet Print


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Submission Friday:

Tine Isachsen, “My Ghost”, pen on paper and digital oilpaint. @tineisachsen

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Submission Friday:

Paula Cahill, Insomnia, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2017

I made Insomnia after seeing Michelangelo’s favorite statue, The Sleeping Ariadne,  at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy.  Ariadne’s Sleep was a popular theme in ancient Greek vessels and Roman statuary.  Although there is disagreement among historians as to Ariadne’s identity, most concur that her sleep is fitful and oppressive.  In Insomnia I strive to contemporize line as well as the ancient theme of Ariadne’s Sleep by referring to the statue.  Insomnia is comprised of a single, luminous line that changes color and connects back to itself.  I mix up to 100 gradients of color and lay them down one brush stroke at a time while gauging where the color is going to create a juxtaposition of hue between adjacent lines and intersections in the paintings.  You can learn more about my work at

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Submission Friday:

Frozen Spring I by Cristina Coral

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Submission Friday:

Mark Dunst

The moment is solitary.

Acrylic on canvas

40" x 60", Diptych



Submission fee: £20

Passion for Freedom

The internationally renowned Passion for Freedom art festival opens once again in London on Monday 1st October at its new home in the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall. The exhibition will showcase uncensored art from the UK, Europe and around the world, promoting human rights, highlighting injustice and celebrating artistic freedom of expression.

The festival asks artists to consider three questions, the Passion for Freedom 3 (PFF3):

1. What is freedom?
2. How do you preserve it?
3. How do you celebrate it?

The organizers focus on controversial and socially sensitive topics, providing a voice for the voiceless. PFF aims to provide a space free from the suffocating nature of political correctness, harassment, public ostracization and tyranny.

Founder Camilla Forest commented:
“This is the festival’s tenth year and it is going from strength to strength. We exhibit more and more exciting works every time and I anticipate 2018 to be our greatest year yet. The festival works now as an indicator for the level of freedom on a given continent, nation or even city. At our exhibition you witnessed events in Venezuela, China, Pakistan, England and Poland from the eye of the artist. Our artists have helped lift the veil on tyranny, with anyone infringing freedom inevitably facing an artist’s brush or singers verse. As Picasso said, “No painting is made to decorate apartments, it is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.”

For 10 years the festival has shown works from over 600 artists representing 55 countries. This year there will be a collection of films and books, as well as an event about journalism.

Every year there is a Gala Ceremony to close the event. Three artists are nominated for Awards while three films are selected for the Freedom Film Awards. The audience vote for their favourite piece of art in the People’s Choice Award during the Gala Ceremony.

The festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei (China), Mehdi-Georges Lahlou (France/Maroco), Jafar Panahi (Iran), Atena Farghadani (Iran) Jamie McCartney (UK), Jessica Fulford-Dobson(UK), MIMSY, Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan)


Artists Worldwide.
Passion for Freedom invites submissions from visual artists working in the following mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, print making, photography, mixed media, installation and video.


1 October - 13 October 2018
Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall


Gary Hill - American foundational artist in video art
Dr Lee Weinberg independent curator, researcher and lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering Design and Art and the head of the Curatorial Studies MA programme at the University of Haifa
Andrew Stahl - professor from British School of Art
Mychael Barratt - Canadian highly accomplished printmaker and bestselling artist.
Francisco Laranjo, Head of School of Arts and Associate Professor of Porto University

Please find detailed information, Submission Form, Terms and Conditions on our website.


“The festival has a simple mission – which is to display the work of artists who are thinking seriously about freedom, what it means and how you preserve it. Passion for Freedom celebrates the people who not only do it, but who mean it. Go if you can – London’s stunning ‘Passion for Freedom’ exhibition is worth an hour of anyone’s time”

Douglas Murray
Journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author


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