September 30, 2016

Art, Empathy, and Ethos thematic residency

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Artist-in-residence Kenya (Robinson), 2014.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications for the 2017 Art, Empathy, and Ethos thematic residency. The application deadline is December 1, 2016. Through this call, the Bemis Center will construct a cohort of artists whose artistic practices take diverse approaches to negotiating, understanding, and communicating empathy. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in the research, development, or execution of work that explores empathy and its various manifestations, from social justice and human rights, to environmental conservation and global warming.

Examples include ethnocultural differences; consideration of immigrant communities; authentic and inauthentic selves; psychic and new agist mediums and culture; neuroaesthetics; biohacks (including consumables, wearables, and smart clothing); understanding animals; natural resources, energy, and the environment; consideration of viewers and spectatorship; labor economies in service industries; white privilege; correlation between poverty and access to human rights; psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral psychologies; love and loss; embodied and somatic performance; kinesthesia; gender identification; social practice working with underrepresented communities (elderly, persons with physical disabilities, or mental illness); cybernetics and social media; and medical and legal practice.

Contemporary artists from all backgrounds and areas of practice are encouraged to apply. Applicants should not be enrolled in an academic program during the residency period. This residency aims to assemble artists who work with like-minded subject matter and interests. As a process-based residency, there is no expectation or promise of an exhibition in our first-floor galleries.

Selected artists-in-residence will live and work at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from September 20 through November 17, 2017. Each artist will receive a 1,500 USD stipend for the eight-week session and a 500 USD travel stipend. Additional provided resources

Artists-in-residence participate in the Bemis Center’s Open House / Open Studios public program where they open their studios to provide the public a glimpse into their process, present works-in-progress, and deliver a short presentation.


Applications are accepted via SlideRoom at
Nine artists-in-residence will be selected.
Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on March 1, 2017.

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