By Derek Munyon
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
If you’re an artist or an art lover in Omaha, you most likely have heard of and appreciate the Bemis Center.
The downtown location, founded in 1981, provides a space for artists-in-residence to work. If they make the cut, artists from all over are afforded guidance, assistants and interns and various other resources, including a place to work and display their creations.
It has been considered to be one of the “top 10 residencies around the globe” by global art magazine “ArtInfo.”
The Bemis Center wants to keep up this level of excellence in fostering artistic works. The are hosting the Bemis Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, all the proceeds go toward funding the artists-in-residence and public engagement programs that the center is involved in 275 works of contemporary art from 234 international, national and local artists will be up for auction at the event.
Works available for auction were put up on the event’s website and advanced bidding began on Nov. 6. The public can view the works up for auction at the Bemis Center; they will be on display through Saturday.
The Bemis Center’s artist-in-residence program has brought over 800 artists from all over the world to Omaha to live and create new works of art. Their community engagement programs help our city to experience and learn about contemporary art.
The Art 4 Omaha Initiative is one of the public engagement programs the Bemis Center is involved in.
It’s an effort to get people involved through large-scale sculptures, workshops and crowd-sourcing photography.
They were also involved, with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Innovation in Arts Education, on the massive mural “Fertile Ground,” which was done by Meg Saligman. The mural is located on the side of the Energy Systems building at 13th and Webster St.