2012 WRAP UP
2012 HAS BEEN A SPECTACULAR YEAR!
- The RESIDENCY program supported 36 artists from 7 countries for the first time this year – an increase from 24 artists annually – and we received a record 1,325 applications to the program.
- The EXHIBITIONS program launched rainbows with Michael Jones McKean's The Rainbow, an extraordinary example of how the Bemis Center makes it possible for artists to accomplish their most ambitious visions.
- The COMMUNITY ARTS program continues to build bridges in our community and this year, we were thrilled to learn that our Fertile Ground Education Curriculum, inspired by the mural, has been officially adopted into the third and fourth grade curriculums of Omaha Public Schools.
YOUR SUPPORT MEANS SO MUCH
We know we could not accomplish so much without the generosity of our community.
Please consider contributing to our 2012 WRAP UP campaign, helping the Bemis Center end this year with a bang and launch a spectacular lineup of 2013 programming! With your support, we will continue to remain free and open to the public, delivering high quality programming like our artist residencies, exhibitions, art talks, and community dinners.
YOUR GIFT SUPPORTS EXCEPTIONAL TALENT
We achieve our mission to support exceptional talent by providing direct support to artists and by serving our community through programming that highlights the ability of art and artists to transform our world.
Here are testimonials from some of the exceptional artists supported in 2012:
"My experience was amazing. I felt so grateful to be accepted and the growth I experienced as an individual and artist was immeasurable." Julie Schenkelberg, artist-in-residence
"The residency made me think about theatre differently. It was incredibly gratifying to be able to craft small, simple stories for a very specific audience. I love that the program brings the arts into the participants’ everyday lives and that it reaches out into the community." Ellen Struve, artist-in-residence working with Heartland Family Service’s Ready in 5 program, promoting kindergarten readiness for refugee children and their families
"In New York, I am one artist out of a million… Here in Omaha, people at the Bemis Center and in the general public seem genuinely interested in what I'm making and thinking about... There is something in the air in Omaha that seems to encourage engagement and lively interest in the arts." Meredith James, artist-in-residence
We have big plans for 2013. We hope you’ll continue to join us throughout the year and help us spread the word about the many opportunities to experience exceptional contemporary art at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.