The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is renowned for its international residency program. It is also known for hosting changing exhibitions and community programs by living artists of all stripes. But it is seldom thought of as an organization with its own collection of art.

#BemisPainters, 1982-2015, an exhibition that opened on July 16, puts on view 30 works from its wide-ranging archive of work by artists who were residents from across the entire 35-year history of the organization. The archive consists of a variety of art objects, many donated by residents, as well as other works related to past sales gallery and auction initiatives.

Ellina Kevorkian, Bemis’ new Artistic Director for Residency Programs, was intrigued to draw together a selection of paintings by former artists-in-residence, finding in them the diversity of motifs, themes, conceptual and aesthetic considerations that you might anticipate across such an expansive field. Some may also find the opportunity to view paintings a nice diversion from Bemis’ recent excursions into installation-based social practice art.

Artists in the show include: Samantha Bittman, Helen Brough, Richard C. Cox, Marc Dennis, Hamlett Dobbins, Echo Eggebrecht, Sarah Gamble, James Homberg, Bob Koons, Alex Lukas, Ben Murray, Christina Narwicz, Pierre Obando, Jeremy Olson, Allison Renshaw, Steve Reynolds, Eric von Robertson, Leslie Shows, Hyun Soo Choi, John Sparagana, Aaron Storck, Mary Ann Strandell, Amanda Valdez, Quynh Vantu, Joan Waltemath, and Lambert Wintersberger.

#BemisPainters, 1982-2015 can be seen until October 10 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street in the Old Market. For more information, call 402/341-7130 or visit

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