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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE 68102-3202
+1 402-341-7130
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Small Contemporary Arts Museum - worth a visit

We stopped by the Bemis to see their current exhibits. Admission is free - donations suggested... read more

Reviewed June 8, 2018
Jerry J
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Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Must stop in Old Market area of Omaha

Warehouse converted to art gallery and center and studios with interns, must see in Omaha. Don't... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2018
BackroadsMother
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Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the 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, the 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. Artist-in-Residence Program For more than three decades, the 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. Frequently cited as one of the top international residency programs, the Bemis Center offers artists private live/work studios, financial support, technical/administrative assistance, and opportunities for intellectual discourse about contemporary art through free public programs, such as panel discussions, lectures, and knowledge-sharing workshops. To date, nearly 900 artists have participated in the residency program. Exhibitions Program The Bemis Center's exhibition program features solo and group exhibitions of artwork in all media by local, national, and international artists. Exhibitions are always free, open to the public, and frequently introduce the community of Omaha to the most experimental and provocative art forms today. Community Engagement Program Over the organization's 35-year history, the Bemis Center has offered artist-driven, community-responsive programs that bolster civic engagement in the creation and understanding of art. Ranging from public murals and artist-led classes and workshops, to the creative-placemaking project Carver Bank, by artist Theaster Gates, community engagement programs provide regular opportunities for the public to learn about and be inspired by the visual arts. Through ARTalks, workshops, Open Studio events, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances, the public has direct access to artists and to their diverse approaches to art making and interpreting the world around us.
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8 Jun 2018
“Small Contemporary Arts Museum - worth a visit”
4 Mar 2018
“Great visit, lots to see”
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724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE 68102-3202
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

We stopped by the Bemis to see their current exhibits. Admission is free - donations suggested. They offer a terrific incubator for artists in residence throughout the year. They had two exhibits in their galleries worth visiting. Particularly noteworthy was Barbara Tagkenaga's opt-art pieces!

Thank Jerry J
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Warehouse converted to art gallery and center and studios with interns, must see in Omaha. Don't pass this buy on SW edge of the Old Market.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

If you like to take your time in an art gallery, enjoy the variety, and be immersed in art, this place is just the right size fir you. Not huge place but enough to keep your attention whole yoirepure walking off dinner at a nearby...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

I get to the Bemis a couple of times a year and always find it interesting. They offer a good range of temporary exhibits and a variety of programs/speakers and other activities throughout the year. Located on the edge of Omaha's Old Market area it...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

This is dedicated for artists around the world to experiment. The. Bemis center serves a critical roll in understanding contemporary art..

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Reviewed November 17, 2016

The Bemis Center is located among other galleries in the Old Market District, this gallery has constantly changing exhibits of quite a few artists. Worth visiting when doing the galleries in the area.

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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Really enjoyed our visit to this arts center. Cool old space which has been redone, excellent gallery space. Obvious quality artist work being exhibited here. In a way the building reminded me of the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, not nearly as large. Exhibits were small...More

Thank Greg D
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Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

The Bemis Center is impressive. Tucked into the Old Market cluster in downtown Omaha, there's a lot bubbling inside. We were greeted cordially by the volunteer at the desk, and shown into the "Collapse" exhibit on the impact of ecological disaster, which proved to be...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Bemis Center is truly a contemporary arts center. The exhibits I saw there on June 24th were by local artists and a New York artist who is in residence at the time. The works were interesting and challenging. This is definitely not a museum...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is an art hibernation center there are several artists perfecting their trade. You will see all sorts of stuff and pick up bargains for lovely pieces of art.

1  Thank Emil T
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