How to Apply

Deadlines and Session Dates

Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually.

  • The March 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following July – December. 
  • The September 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Upcoming Session Dates:

  • 2020 Session 1: January 6 - June 19, 2020 (application deadline September 1, 2019)
  • 2020 Session 2: July 6 – December 18, 2020 (application deadline March 1, 2020)

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.


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 application portal. Before submitting your application, download the SUPPORT MATERIALS guidelines (file links located bottom of page) 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 cannot be sent to the Center.

SUPPORT MATERIALS: 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 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.

Application Notification by Email

Acknowledgement of receipt of applications and 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 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.

Transitional Residencies

KHN 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.

Nebraska Residencies

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.


Residents should plan to arrive at the Center between 9 a.m. and 4 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 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 the recommendations of external jurors who independently review applicants work samples and support materials (without names attached). Jurors normally serve for one to two years.

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

Music Composition 
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 
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 

Liz 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