Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1 annually. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, age, race, religion, or national origin.
Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. The Center can house up to five artists of various disciplines at any given time.
Applications for residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center must be submitted through our online application process. A $35 application fee applies to online submissions and is collected through the application portal. Applications received via USPS mail or email will not be considered and exceptions will not be made.
September 1 is the deadline for Session 1 residencies to take place the following January – June.
March 1 is the deadline for Session 2 residencies to take place the following July – December.
Specific begin and end dates are listed below for upcoming sessions.
2014 Session 1: January 6 - June 20
2014 Session 2: July 7 - December 19
2015 Session 1: January 5 - June 19
2015 Session 2: July 6 - December 18
When you indicate preferred dates in your application be sure they fall within the session for which you are applying. If your schedule is flexible, you may note such in lieu of or in addition to exact dates in the application form. Be sure that your preferred arrival date is a Monday and your departure date, a Friday, as weekends between residents are used for cleaning and laundering of linens.
Acknowledgement of receipt of applications and notification of the results of the juried application process will be sent by e-mail from a "@khncenterforthearts.org" address. Be sure to adjust your e-mail filter to receive these important messages.
Notifications of the results for applications received by September 1 for a session 1 residency will be sent prior to or on the following November 1 and prior to or on the following May 1 for March 1 deadline applications.
Guidelines for Online Applications
The following list gives general requirements for all applicants. Each item will be presented as a separate form for you to complete in our online portal. Before submitting your application, download the SUPPORT MATERIALS guidelines for your discipline and follow the directions specific to your discipline to help prepare files. Guidelines are also noted throughout the online application process.
1 Application information including your general information and requested dates of residency.
2 Statement about submitted works (limit 200 words, ~1500 characters) and a statement of intent of what you propose to work on while at the Center including why the residency is important to you at this stage in your career (limit 200 words, ~1500 characters). Your name MUST NOT appear in the contents of either statement.
3 Contact information for two professional references who are familiar with your work and your potential to be a positive member of our small community of residents.
4 Professional history from your current resume or vita. Your name MAY appear in the contents of this information.
5 An optional outreach proposal. If you are interested in doing outreach in our community, you can provide us with information about the type of activity or event you would like to facilitate. This is NOT required for you to be considered for a residency.
6 Support materials, or work samples, for your specific discipline. See the guidelines for your discipline below to help you prepare your materials. Your name MUST NOT appear in the contents of your support materials or in the corresponding file info entered in the online portal.
7 Application fee of $35 paid via credit card through the online portal. The fee includes our base fee plus an additional fee for media upload. All fees are paid through the portal; check or money order can not be sent to the Center.
Click to download PDF of specific guidelines for your discipline.
Residents should plan to arrive at the Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (local time: CST or DST) on a Monday and depart on a Friday.
There are two airports about an hour away: Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA) and the Lincoln Airport (LNK). To get from either airport to Nebraska City, residents can arrange for transportation with Nebraska City's Tree City Taxi at least 24 hours prior to their arrival or departure. The taxi fare ($90 per trip) will be paid for by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Residents can also consider traveling by train or bus to Lincoln or Omaha. The same arrangement with the taxi service applies. The Kansas City Airport (KCI) is two hours away. However, taxi service will not be paid for from Kansas City to Nebraska City.
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.
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.
Applicants not awarded residencies may re-apply at the next deadline.
Former residents are eligible to re-apply for a maximum of two residencies within their lifetime. Alumni who are artists living in or from Nebraska, can apply two years after their original residency application. Non-Nebraska alumni can reapply three years after their original residency application.
Meryl DePasquale, a poet from Minneapolis, MN, kept a blog during her 2012 residency.
Val Phillips, a writer from Gardner, CO said about her 2010 residency, "The housing was fantastic. My studio was luxurious. Loved the light. The other artists were terrific, talented women who shared generously of their friendship, counsel, wisdom and humor. I really appreciated how you guys wouldn’t interrupt us. The time…and also the fact that we are welcomed and treated as well everywhere in Nebraska City – that’s awesome!"
For more comments from alumni on their experience at the KHN Center, download the PDF of remarks from recent evaluations.
Residency awards are based upon the recommendations of two jurors who independently review support materials (without names attached) submitted by applicants. Jurors normally serve for two years. Current and past jurors include the following artists, academics, curators, and editors.
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Mary K. Stillwell