How to Apply

Due to precautionary measures surrounding ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns, a majority of our 2020 residency awards were cancelled and deferred to 2021. As a result, KHN will NOT be conducting an open application call for 2021 session one residencies—there will be NO September 1st application deadline in 2020.

Status of our March 1, 2021 application cycle and deadline will be confirmed once deferred awards are rescheduled and capacity for additional award considerations for the 2nd half of 2021 is determined. This will be announced by December 2020.

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:

  • 2021 Session 1: January 4 — June 18, 2021 (application closed due to rescheduling of deferred 2020 awards)
  • 2021 Session 2: July 5 — December 17, 2021 (application opening TBD)
  • 2022 Session 1: January — June, 2022 (application deadline September 1, 2021)
  • 2022 Session 2: July — December 2022 (applications 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. 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.


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 and follow the directions to help prepare files (file links located bottom of page). Application sections include:

  1. General Application Information including your preferred dates and length of residency.
  2. Statements: A statement of submitted works that clarifies your work and/or its relevance within contemporary or historical art/craft practices, contemporary society/issues, or a declared dialogue set forth within the statement; and a statement of intent regarding how you intend to utilize your time at KHN and why a residency at KHN is important to you at this point in your career (1500 characters, approximately 250 words each). Please note: KHN utilizes a blind jury process. Submitted statements MUST be ANONYMOUS. Do NOT include your NAME, CREDITS, AWARDS, UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYERS, COLLABORATORS, COMMISSIONING OR PUBLISHING AGENTS, or GALLERY or VENUE NAMES within your statements.
  3. 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. 
  4. Professional History from your current resume or CV. Your name MAY appear in the contents of this information.
  5. Work Samples for your specific discipline. See the guidelines for your discipline below 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, or GALLERY or VENUE NAMES within any work samples or sample descriptions.
  6. 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 MUST be paid through the online portal. We are not able to waive the application fee.

Work Samples: Click to download PDF of specific guidelines for your discipline. File links located bottom of page.

Application Fee

Applications for KHN residencies must be submitted through our online application process. A $35 application fee applies and is collected through the application portal. 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 "" 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.


Residents should plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (local time: CST or CDT) on the first Monday of their award.

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.


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.


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 

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  

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