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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: JoAnna LeFlore, Public Engagement Coordinator / 402-341-7130 ext. 17

July 27, 2015, Omaha, NE — Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has selected ten artists and two collectives to participate in the organization’s first thematic residency, which focuses on the future of food.

Participating artists include: Sam Van Aken, Syracuse, NY; Stefani Bardin, Brooklyn, NY; Sarah Beadle, Los Angeles, CA; Big Muddy Urban Farm, Omaha, NE; Rob Carter, Brooklyn, NY; Ting-Tong Chang, London, United Kingdom; Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Los Angeles, CA; Lauren Karle, Watrous, NM; Joseph Pintz, Columbia, MO; Misha Rabinovich, San Pedro, CA; Shilpa Rangnekar, Jaipur, India; and Leah Rosenberg, San Francisco, CA.

“Thematic residencies are new territory for us, and we’re so excited to welcome this group to Bemis in the fall,” says Bemis Residency Manager Holly Kranker. Future of Food residency panelists included Nicole J. Caruth, Bemis Artistic Director for Exhibitions and Public EngagementEllina Kevorkian, Bemis Artistic Director for Residency Programs, and Eddie Dominguez, Associate Professor of Art (Ceramics), University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

From urban farming to gastrointestinal studies to documentary film production, this cohort represents a range of different interests and processes. Kevorkian says, “Artists consistently initiate discussions about global issues before they become mainstream. We feel the selected artists bring a breadth of experience and practice to the exploration of food sustainability.”

One of the participating artists, Lauren Karle, has been awarded the Woodman Prize, a gift of the Woodman Foundation for an artist working in functional ceramics. Karle plans to research how food production and rituals have changed over time, and create serving sets that reflect the evolution of these traditions. Other artists-in-residence such as the Omaha-based collective Big Muddy Urban Farm will engage local farming communities. Ting-Tong Chang and Shilpa Rangnekar will join us from London and India respectively, bringing international perspectives to the theme of food. New York resident Sam van Aken will continue research around The Tree of Forty Fruits, a tree grafting project that has been featured in numerous publications including Daily Mail, Smithsonian Magazine, and Time. Los Angeles-based collective Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) will present an exhibition project entitled Power of People, Power of Place in the Bemis galleries from August 6 to October 10.

The majority of Future of Food residents will live and work at Bemis from September 9 to December 9, 2015. On October 10, 2015, Bemis will host a special Open House/Open Studios program offering publics of all ages opportunities to visit the second and third floor artists’ studios, partake in meals designed by the artists-in-residence, and participate in hands-on workshops. “How to feed ourselves sustainably in the future is one of the leading questions of our time—and all of us can play a role in developing creative solutions,” says Caruth. “I suspect our audiences will be as intrigued as they are challenged by what they learn about foodways and food systems from our artists-in-residence.”

About Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
The mission of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is to provide residency opportunities to artists from around the world, so that they may develop new ideas, expand their practice and engage the community.
The Bemis Center has been recognized as one of the "Top 10 residencies around the globe" by ArtInfo, and Jane Alexander, the former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, has called the Bemis Center "one of the great treasures of its kind in the country."

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