With the understanding that contemporary art participates in a global dialogue concerning larger social and philosophical issues, the Bemis Bloghas been created to ignite discussion and build an interactive online community that inspires collaboration and creative thinking.


Elle Lien is a writer, chef and cultural critic. Her work regularly appears in periodicals throughout the country. She is the former editor of the Charleston City Paper and currently writes an opinion column, “In the Red,” for theOmaha City Weekly.

Elle is presently at work on a book of cultural essays about life in the Midwest. She is also in the process of developing Clean Plate, a performance piece/restaurant designed to encourage discussion about the socio-cultural, economic and political significance of American food and food production.

As a guest blogger, using material from current events and personal experience, Elle brings her perspective as a cultural observer to the discussion of the intersection of art and community on both a local and global scale.