How to Apply

Deadlines and Session Dates

Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually*.

*If March or September 1st is a Sunday, then the deadline will conclude on Monday the 2nd.

  • The March 1 deadline determines awards scheduled July – December of the current calendar year. 
  • The September 1 deadline determines awards scheduled January – June of the following calendar year.

Upcoming Session Dates:

  • 2022 Session 1: January — June, 2022
    • Application CLOSED
  • 2022 Session 2: July — December, 2022
    • Application will be available as of November 1, 2021
    • Application deadline March 1, 2022

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. All residencies begin on a Monday and conclude on a Friday.

Guidelines

Each item will be presented as a separate form within our online application portal. Before submitting your application, download the WORK SAMPLES Guidelines specific to your discipline (file links located bottom of page) and follow the directions to help prepare files. Application sections include:

  • General Application Information including your preferred dates and length of residency.
  • 2 Statements: A Statement of Submitted Works that clarifies the work and/or its relevance within contemporary or historical creative practices, contemporary society/issues, or the evolution of your personal creative practice; and a Statement of Intent regarding how you intend to utilize your time and why a residency at KHN is important to you at this point in your career. PLEASE NOTE: KHN utilizes a blind jury process. The ONLY items seen and reviewed by jurors are WORK SAMPLES and STATEMENTS. Jurors rate applications based solely on the quality and relevance of the submitted work and the statements' effectiveness in clarifying the work and the applicant’s intentions for a residency. Statements MUST be ANONYMOUS. Do NOT include your NAME, CREDITS, AWARDS, UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYERS, COLLABORATORS, COMMISSIONING OR PUBLISHING AGENTS, GALLERY OR VENUE NAMES, or any other identifying information within the statements.
  • Work Samples: See the guidelines PDF specific to your discipline (file links located bottom of page) to help you prepare your materials. Work Samples MUST be ANONYMOUS. Do NOT include your NAME, CREDITS, AWARDS, UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYERS, COLLABORATORS, COMMISSIONING OR PUBLISHING AGENTS, GALLERY OR VENUE NAMES within any uploaded work samples, file names, or descriptions.
  • References: Contact information for two professional references that are familiar with your work and your potential to be a positive member of our small community of residents. 
  • Professional History from your current resume or CV. Your name MAY appear in the contents of this information.
  • Application Fee of $35 paid via credit card through the online portal. All fees MUST be paid through the online portal. We are not able to waive the application fee.
Application Fee

A $35 application fee applies and is collected through our online application portal. ALL applications for KHN residencies must be submitted through our online application process. Applications received via USPS mail or email will not be considered and exceptions will not be made. We are not able to waive the application fee for any reason.

Application Notification by Email

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 September 1 applications will be sent no later than November 1, and no later than May 1 for March 1 deadline applications.

Transitional Residencies

KHN gives special consideration for 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 masters degree program receive special consideration.

Nebraska Residencies

KHN gives special consideration for 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.

At KHN, we define Nebraska artist as those who currently live and work in the state, grew up in Nebraska, or received a diploma from a Nebraska university or college.

Stipend, Housing, and Travel

Residency awards come with a weekly $100 stipend. All residents are provided with free housing that includes a private bedroom, bathroom, and studio space. Writers and visual artists generally share an apartment with one other resident, with shared kitchen, living room, and balcony. Composers are generally housed in a garden-level studio apartment.

All travel expenses are the resposibility of the awardee, with the exception of cab fare from Omaha or Lincoln on the day of arrial and/or departure.

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 Cab at least 24 hours prior to their arrival or departure. The taxi fare ($90 per trip) will be paid for by the Kimmel Foundation.

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.

Re-applying

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 re-apply ONE year after their original residency application. Non-Nebraska alumni can re-apply TWO years after their original residency application.

Jurors

Residency awards are based upon a blind jury process and the recommendations of external jurors who independently review applicants Work Samples, Statement of Submitted Work, and Statement of Intent. Jurors normally serve for one to two years.

Past jurors include the following artists, academics, curators, and editors.

Music Composition 
Michael Remson, Tom Dempster, Federico De Castro Garcia, Ken Bales, Ivan Elezovic, Cynthia Folio, Darlene Mitchell, Koji Nakano, Samita Sinha, Shazad Ismaily, Suzanne Sorkin, Janis Mercer, Keane Southard, Damon Lee, Filippo Santoro  

Visual Art 
Steve Snell, Mary Bergs, Andrew Hladky, Kimberly Cridler, Aaron Fine, Martha Horvay, Bonnie O'Connell, Gary Rattigan, Larry Roots, Amy Ruffo, Susan McGilvrey, Dave Beck, Deborah Zlotsky, Jesse Patrick Martin, Lauren Pakradooni, Ying Zhu, Matt Jensen, Corwin Levi 

Writing 
Carrie Jerrell, Parini Shroff, Novuyo, TshumaLiz Ahl, Royal Eckert, David Groff, Greg Kosmicki, Steve Langan, Jill Patterson, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Mary K. Stillwell, David Meischen, Evelyn Sharenov, Eric Kocher, Glenis Redmond, Novuyo Tshuma  

Interdisciplinary 
Dave Beck, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Elizabeth Stehling, Amanda Smith, Matt Jensen, Steve Snell

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