Bemis hosts three new artists-in-residence
June 1st, 2011
Omaha, NE – The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is hosting three new artists-in-residence this month.
The three artists are widely different in their work. From Washington, D.C., April Behnke uses watercolor, pencil and ink to create delicate images of nature and human sexuality. Based in New York, Nathaniel Sullivan uses paintings, performance and playful and ironic video in his work, exploring themes of mischief making, gender identity and the male experience.
Sullivan and Behnke are the newest artists to join the Bemisâ€™ residency program. A third artist, Derek Cote, from Nashville, Tennessee, has already set up shop, and has been working for the past two weeks. Bemis Residency Manager Heather Johnson describes his work as an exploration of alienation.
â€œHeâ€™s interested in anthropological storiesâ€¦ he works predominantly in wood with architectural forms, and heâ€™s really interested in symbology and the different contexts that people can bring to that.â€
The three artists will discuss their work Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm, at the Bemisâ€™ regularly scheduled, and free, Art Talk series. The Bemisâ€™ artists-in-residency program typically hosts 24 artists each year, but is expanding this summer to 36. Johnson said the Bemis accepts about two percent of the artists who apply to the competitive program.
â€œOne of the benefits of the residency program is that the work does not need to be pre-determined,â€ she said. â€œThis is really a place for them to come, work out their ideas take risks, experiment with new media, themes theyâ€™ve been thinking about, so itâ€™s a very open process here.â€
Johnson said the Bemisâ€™ residency program, which includes a studio and monthly stipend, provides artists with the gift of time, space and support â€“ three things critical for the creative process.
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