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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: Cassils: Phantom Revenant | Chimeras | Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance - 2 Feb 2017 to 29 Apr 2017

Current Exhibition

2 Feb 2017 to 29 Apr 2017

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
NE 68102
North America
T: +1 402 341-7130

Jessica Segall (Brooklyn, NY)
Artist-in-Residence 2015, Zzzzzzz 1, 2016
Inkjet print 30 x 40 inches, Courtesy the artist.

Artists in this exhibition: Cassils; Rashayla Marie Brown, Kate Clark, Leah DeVun, Julia Oldham, Miriam Simun, and Lucie Strecker and Klaus Spiess; Paula Wilson


Omaha, NE—The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts announces its summer lineup of exhibitions and special projects featuring new work by Omaha-based artists and former artists-in-residence. On view June 16–September 17, 2016, exhibitions Time + Space: Futures and Nebraska Rising open free to the public with a celebratory reception from 6:00pm–9:00pm on June 16 at the Bemis Center’s Old Market location. During the opening reception ONLY, the Bemis Center will host “Who Eats at Taco Bell?”, an going traveling project by artists Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of Tug Collective.


Time + Space: Futures
The second chapter of a yearlong two-part exhibition series, Time + Space: Futures reflects on and celebrates the Bemis Center’s 35-year legacy of supporting artists from around the world by showcasing the work of former artists-in-residence whose practices are influenced by science-fiction or take various approaches to understanding (or predicting) the future. New and recent work by exhibiting artists voyage to diverse worlds, some suggestive of social upheaval and protest—the dream of a new social order expressed through magic, fantastical dystopian and utopian futures, post-apocalyptic worlds, artificial intelligence, futurist architecture, and the location of self within an imagined future. The Bemis Center commissioned several new projects and performances for this capstone exhibition highlighting the organization’s anniversary year.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ting-Tong Chang (London, UK), Micol Hebron (Los Angeles, CA), Aaron Jones (Detroit, MI), Gabriel Martinez (Houston, TX), nova Milne (Brooklyn, NY), Kambui Olujimi (Brooklyn, NY), Robert Pruitt (Houston, TX), and Jessica Segall (Brooklyn, NY).

Nebraska Rising
Featuring the work of eleven artists living within 100 miles of Omaha, Nebraska Rising spans medium, locale, and subject matter to form a content-rich environment that explores the theme of landscape. In considering the landscape, not only as a naturalistic environment but also as a narrative of artistic responses, this exhibition points to a distinctly Nebraskan terrain that is vibrant and contemplative. Employing site-specific installations to photographic hyper-realities, Nebraska Rising examines the state’s complexities and ever-changing topography. Whether naturalistic, psychological, domestic, or self-created, landscape as a theme offers a wide context in which to consider artists in our own backyard.

Exhibiting Artists:
Heron Bassett (Omaha, NE), Mary Elizabeth/Mesonjixx (Lincoln, NE), Phil Hawkins (Omaha, NE), Roberta Leaverton (Weeping Water, NE), Joey Lynch (Omaha, NE), Liana Owad (Lincoln, NE), Kristae Peterson (Omaha, NE), Christopher Prinz (Omaha, NE), Craig Roper (Lincoln, NE), Barbara Simcoe (Omaha, NE), and Michael Villarreal (Lincoln, NE). 

“Who Eats at Taco Bell?”
Artists Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of Tug Collective present their ongoing project “Who Eats at Taco Bell?” at the Bemis Center as part of their summerlong expedition along the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail. Leading up to the U.S. Presidential Election in November, the artists are stopping in various communities along the 11-state journey making tacos with people, prompting dialogue, and inviting innovative forms of engagement around the question: What is it going to take for us to truly live interculturally? According to the artists, the “taco” operates as an “indicator species”—one small part of an ecosystem that can indicate the health of a society faced with multiplying diversities.

For more information about the exhibitions and related public programs, please visit the Bemis Center’s website at To request high-res images for press purposes, please contact Chris Cook at or 402.341.7130.

About Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

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.

Bemis Facilities:
Old Market, 724 S. 12th Street, Omaha, NE, 68102
Carver Bank, 2416 Lake Street, Omaha, NE, 68111

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