Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Two installations open this Saturday, June 5, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!  You can join the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts to celebrate the opening of All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy and Charley Friedman: Soundtracks for the Present Future!

Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Rachel Adams chatted with Mike Hogan about this free event which includes live performances, libations, and a full afternoon of culture and discussion.  More information can be found at

Performances will take place outdoors and stream live at

Two black and white prints are next to each other with a little space in between them. The left is of a young face in profile with eyes closed and mouth open. The right is an ear with swirl patterns superimposed over it to suggest age.
Maria Antelman and Melanie Flood Projects

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is currently holding their virtual auction.  The event ends Friday night at 10:00 p.m. with a free webcast concert starting at 8:00 p.m.

Chris Cook, Executive Director, tells Mike Hogan “Live & Local” how the center is adapting to the COVID challenges, how they continue to help and support artists across the nation, and how you can participate in this event while safely distanced.

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents LOW END on the Bricks, a free outdoor concert featuring Omaha-based experimental musicians Dereck HigginsMesonjixx, and Teetah!  The socially-distanced block party experience includes event procedures and a visitor code of conduct that will ensure the safety of guests, artists, and staff.   

And while admission is free, LOW END on the Bricks is currently sold out.  To be placed on a waiting list contact Andy Garlock, Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Technician at or 402.341.7130 x 23. 

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how you can also stream the concert from the comfort of your home for free!  Watch live at

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Saturday, February 15 was the closing of the "BIRDS OF A FEATHER" exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, and Sophia Potter, Omaha-based professional cellist, both stopped into the studios at KIOS-FM to share their thoughts on the closing event and the impact this and other Bemis Center events have on them and the community as a whole.

More information about the Bemis Center and the activities can be found

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with Visual and Sound Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, to announce the second installment at the new LOW END venue.  The new 25,000 square foot music venue in Bemis Center's lower level will kick off this event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 with an Artist Talk in presentation space on main floor, hosted by Rachel.  Then at 8:00 Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, a New York-based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations that thrive across subjectivities performs for the audience.

All performances at LOW END, including this one, are free thanks to a generous foundation donation.

Rachel and Jeremy sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this program and Jeremy's creative process.

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The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has done it again!  Two new exhibits are opening the same night.  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs has curated Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE.  In TIMESHARE, Miami native Jillian Mayer explores how art can function and/or aid during times of disaster or when the planet becomes uninhabitable.  

And Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, has her own show, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing.  This show contains new works by the Canadian artist duo, some researched and produced in Omaha this past summer, examine hospitality and care of birds and avian communication with humans.  

Both curators stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about how they got the ideas for their respective shows, how they went about bringing these exhibitions to fruition and how art can save lives.

Both shows open on Wednesday, November 20, with an Exhibition Opening Reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (724 S. 12th Street).  The event is free and open to the public with free parking.  Both shows run through February, 2020

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