The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is an ideal setting for working artists looking for a respite to concentrate on their work. Although originally built in 1969 as a luxury communal home for three prominent couples, the KHN Center has become a renowned artist residency program located in southeastern Nebraska.
Since 2001, the residency has hosted more than 50 working artists each year which include a combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Each has found privacy in which to create along with ample opportunities to interact with fellow artists in a friendly community located in the rolling bluff country of eastern Nebraska. The KHN Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks.
In 2001, the KHN Center was established by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc. The facility is housed within the prairie-style complex designed by architect, Burkett Graf and built by Karl H. and Wealtha Harding Nelson. The efforts of these pioneering visionaries have shaped the face of the arts in Nebraska and the region through the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
The Kimmel legacy looks back to when John Kimmel acquired the Kimmel Farms in Nebraska City in the 1850s. Some 75 years later, his grandson, Richard P. Kimmel, assumed management of the family farms and in 1925 established the Kimmel Orchard just outside the city. In a lifetime devoted to care of the land, both Richard and his wife, Laurine, herself a painter, committed themselves to the development of their community and the best in human endeavor. The foundation they established now provides important support to charitable causes in Nebraska and Iowa with highest priority given to proposals in education, the arts, agriculture, human services and the humanities. Endeavors undertaken by the foundation in Nebraska City such as the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard
, the Kimmel Education Research Center
, the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum
, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts continue to bring the dreams of Richard and Laurine to life.
More information can be found on the Kimmel Foundation's website.