Located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, a quiet riverside town in the Midwest, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, founded in 2001, serves visual artists, writers, interdisciplinary artists and composers from around the world by providing them the space and time to create new work.
Nebraska City, Nebraska: United States
Inspired by the prairie architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect Burkett Graf created an elegant design making the building itself an artistic expression of graceful living. With broad overhangs to shelter windows and enclosed courtyards from harsh weather, southern exposures to spacious bedrooms and living rooms, and an openness that bridges the barriers between the structure and its natural setting, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center offers artist-residents exceptional comfort. Essential amenities for resident-artists, such as a grocery store and pharmacy, are within walking distance, and the Center maintains two bicycles for residents’ use. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is provided. The building also houses a gallery featuring year-round exhibitions.
Residency Length: 2-8 weeks
Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 65
Total applicant pool in most current year: 395
Application type: Open application
Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
Additional eligibility information:
Transitional Residencies Awards: The Center’s program gives special support to emerging artists by reserving a number of “transitional” residencies for recent masters degree graduates (within two years of application deadline). The application process is the same for all applicants, however applications from artists in transition following graduation from an accredited degree program receive special consideration.
Nebraska Artist Residencies: The Kimmel Harding Nelson program provides special support to Nebraska artists by ensuring that a number of residencies are awarded to Nebraska artists each year. The application process is the same for all applicants, however applications from Nebraska artists receive special consideration.
The KHN Center defines Nebraska artists are those who are currently living and working in the state, grew up in Nebraska, or received their degree from a Nebraska university or college.
Past residents of KHN are asked to wait 3 years before applying for another residency. Artists are limited to 2 residencies at KHN within their lifetime.
Application deadline: March 01, September 01
Additional deadline info:
March 1 is the deadline for Session 2 residencies to take place the following July – December. September 1 is the deadline for Session 1 residencies to take place the following January – June.
Facilities & Services
Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
One or two residents are housed in each of three large apartments. Private bedroom and bathroom; furnishings and linens provided.
Meals: No meals/food provided
Weekly stipend provided to help artists with meal expenses. $100/week. Meals are the responsibility of residents; cookware, dishes, utensils, etc., are provided.
Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
Our facility has limited accessibility. Please contact us for information.
Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Printmaking
Additional studio information:
Private writer’s studios are located in two of the apartments. Visual artists: three studios — two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Special equipment available: Scroll saw, table saw, sp15 vandercook printing press, one aluminum easel, one wooden easel. Some hand tools available. Artists are encouraged to bring all equipment/supplies necessary to their process. Please call with questions regarding studios and equipment available Musicians/Composers: a studio with an upright piano; two Dynaudio Acoustics BM5A monitors and a Mackie 4-channel compact mixer.
Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities on-site; smoking permitted outdoors only.
$35 Application Fee
Stipends / other support
$100 per week
Additional expectations / opportunities
Although not a requirement, artists-in-residence periodically volunteer to offer public talks, performances, exhibitions, or presentations as a part of their professional development. The Center frequently invites the public to Open Studio events to interact with resident artists. The Kimmel Harding Nelson cooperates with other organizations to bring the arts, art appreciation, and art education to the public. Residents are encouraged to, but not required to donate work for our permanent collection. Recordings and books or manuscripts are made available to residents and visitors. Visual art is shown throughout the building.