The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of Greater Omaha by providing direct support to artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and inspire positive social change in north Omaha. The Union was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement.
The Fellowship Program combines our mission and vision, offering an experience for our local artists that not only supports their creative process, but also provides them with opportunities to engage north Omaha residents in mutually beneficial ways. Once per year, a jury helps us to select five artists living in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to serve as fellows. We accept applications from artists and collectives working in any creative discipline and at any career level.
Previously a six-month program, the fellowship has been extended to eleven months. In the past, fellows have been required to contribute 25 hours of community service in north Omaha. In 2016/17, the fellowship cohort will, for the first time, collaborate on the development and implementation of a socially engaged public project, with an expected contribution of 60 hours per fellow over the course of the program. In exchange for this commitment The Union provides each fellow with:
- A private studio, at no cost to the artist
- A $1500 materials stipend
- A yearlong free membership to The Co-Op, with 24/7 access to a digital media lab, fabric studio, ceramic studio, print shop, tool library, and wood shop
- Technical support throughout The Co-Op and free participation in all Co-Op workshops
- Inclusion in a curated group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship
- Professional documentation of the group exhibition
- Opportunities to participate in public programs at The Union
- Access to workshops on social justice advocacy and socially engaged artistic strategies
- At least one field trip to see/hear about civically engaged art in the region
- An experienced mentor working in the arts
- Studio visits with guest artists and curators
- Free produce from The Union’s Abundance Garden Project
Applications are now open for our 2016/17 Fellowship Program, which will begin in November 2016. Applications are due by midnight on July 31, 2016.
PLEASE READ OUR FELLOWSHIP FAQ + TIPS + GUIDELINES BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
For more information regarding our Fellowship program, please consider attending the following:
Summer School Professional Development Series
June 23, 6PM // Making Local: Nebraska's Residency Landscape
Omaha Creative Institute // 1516 Cuming Street
Learn about four different residency and fellowship opportunities available to artists in Nebraska and how utilizing residencies can influence your practice. In this session, Union staff will highlight all the programatic offerings of the newly revamped Fellowship Program.
June 25, 2-6PM // Feedback Sessions
The Union for Contemporary Art // 2417 Burdette Street
Sign-up for 30 minute one-on-one feedback sessions with The Union + Bemis Center staff on your applications to their open fellowship and residency programs. Bring your application in progress -- the more filled out the better we will be able to provide effective feedback.
Union Fellowship Application Feedback
Bemis Residency Application Feedback
If you have questions that have not been answered in the materials and sessions provided, please contact our Program Manager Paige Reitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 933-3161.