Amanda Smith, Director

Amanda Smith joined the KHN as Director in December 2015. She taught in the painting program at Indiana University, as an Assistant Professor of Art at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and most recently at Doane College, where she was also the Director of Rall Gallery. Amanda earned her MFA in 2008 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has exhibited her work across the US and internationally. You can view her work at

A great fan of residency programs, Amanda was artist-in-residence at Fljotstunga in Iceland in 2015, Art342 in Fort Collins, CO in 2009, and at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2014. She looks forward connecting with future and former residents, and to helping provide residents with the great experience she had while an artist at KHN.

Pat Friedli, Assistant Director

Pat Friedli has been Assistant Director since 2007. She began with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2001 working as a volunteer. She enjoys working with the resident artists to make them feel welcome and to support them in their creative endeavors saying, β€œI love meeting so many interesting people from all over the world. We have a great residency program where artists can be comfortable in the community and meet other artists, while at the same time focusing on creating art.”

Pat has lived in Nebraska City for 20 years. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan, she has had several careers but says, β€œIt is very rewarding being here, surrounded by all of this art and so many wonderful artists. The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a great place to be.” In her spare time Pat enjoys creating fiber art and quilts.




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