Bemis Center Open House/Open Studios, Saturday


October 12th, 2018

Omaha, NE—For over thirty years, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has hosted artists in residency for an extended stay at the facilities, providing them with the time and means to produce new work. Artists hail from all over the world, working with a variety of media, this time, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.

The Bemis Center will host this season’s Open House/Open Studios. The community is welcome to visit the artists’ live and work spaces, view works in progress, and chat about the process.

Some of the artists in this season’s residency are Amia Yokoyama, Cosima Shietekat, and Ekta Aggarwal. All are now at least mostly based in LA.

Aggarwal’s paintings are largely meditative. The patterns she creates are inspired by traditional Indian artistic styles, and she now incorporates traditional Indian materials made in Jaipur.

Yokoyama and Shietekat now work together in the collaboration, WetWinkie. The duo shows that creative partners can be found in odd places. In their case, meeting at a thrift store led to starting a band, living together, and now, their performative multimedia project features original music, video, creative sculptural set pieces and costume.

Overall, their work can be described as an extension of their collaborative process, emphasizing sociality and empathy. Sometimes, their sets can get a little messy.

The Bemis Center’s Open House/Open Studios is this Saturday, October 13th from 11-4pm. Each of the artists will present and discuss their work at noon. For more information and registration, visit

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