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Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, a quiet riverside town in the Midwest, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, founded in 2001, serves visual artists, writers, interdisciplinary artists and composers from around the world by providing them the space and time to create new work.


Nebraska City, Nebraska: United States

Inspired by the prairie architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect Burkett Graf created an elegant design making the building itself an artistic expression of graceful living. With broad overhangs to shelter windows and enclosed courtyards from harsh weather, southern exposures to spacious bedrooms and living rooms, and an openness that bridges the barriers between the structure and its natural setting, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center offers artist-residents exceptional comfort. Essential amenities for resident-artists, such as a grocery store and pharmacy, are within walking distance, and the Center maintains two bicycles for residents' use. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is provided. The building also houses a gallery featuring year-round exhibitions.


  • Residency Length: 2-8 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 65
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 395


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Transitional Residencies Awards: 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.

    Nebraska Artist 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.

    Past residents of KHN are asked to wait 3 years before applying for another residency. Artists are limited to 2 residencies at KHN within their lifetime.

  • Application deadline: March 01, September 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    March 1 is the deadline for Session 2 residencies to take place the following July – December. September 1 is the deadline for Session 1 residencies to take place the following January – June.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Deborah Zlotsky, Kristina Paabus, Blair Tindall, Megan Kruse, Jave Yoshimoto, Susan D'Amato, Aaron Holz, Rick Dula, Maggie Evans, Aaron Fine, Anthony Green, Stephanie Elozondo Griest, Leslie Iwai, Michael Lynch, Keith Meatto, Jilly Morris, Koji Nakano, Michael Remson, Deirdre Shaw, Nancy Vining VanNess, Don Williams, Jenni Brant
Every aspect of this residency is conducive to the creation of work. The size, facilities, the feel, the people, the interaction with the community, etc... I thought the studios were nice because they were a good size, in good shape, but definitely “lived in.” I wasn’t worried about messing them up with a ambitious project. [The staff] are amazing. They were always there for questions and really made me feel at home. I also really liked how Nebraska City had amenities but not distractions. It’s large enough to have a good grocery stores and restaurants, but not so large where it’s loud and chaotic. The closeness of Omaha was also a plus. If I didn’t want to wait for a material to be shipped to me, I could simply drive the hour to art supplies and speciality stores.
— Kathleen Scott Moore, visual artist, 2013
Most don't really know what to expect coming to our little town in Nebraska. Artists often comment on what a surprising and inspirational treat Nebraska City was for them and their work. They find that the atmosphere at the center is encouraging and supportive in a variety of aspects. The accommodations are spacious and homey. Informal events are arranged to help foster interaction and community amongst residents. There are no confines or commitments put on the artists' shoulders while they are here. The town welcomes the artists, offering free admission to many attractions and has an engaging interest in what brings the artist to Nebraska City.
— Elizabeth Stehling, visual artist and Program Director, 2014-2015

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    One or two residents are housed in each of three large apartments. Private bedroom and bathroom; furnishings and linens provided.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Weekly stipend provided to help artists with meal expenses. $100/week. Meals are the responsibility of residents; cookware, dishes, utensils, etc., are provided.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Our facility has limited accessibility. Please contact us for information.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Printmaking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Private writer’s studios are located in two of the apartments. Visual artists: three studios -- two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Special equipment available: Scroll saw, table saw, sp15 vandercook printing press, one aluminum easel, one wooden easel. Some hand tools available. Artists are encouraged to bring all equipment/supplies necessary to their process. Please call with questions regarding studios and equipment available Musicians/Composers: a studio with an upright piano; two Dynaudio Acoustics BM5A monitors and a Mackie 4-channel compact mixer.
  • Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities on-site; smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

$35 Application Fee

Stipends / other support

$100 per week

Additional expectations / opportunities

Although not a requirement, artists-in-residence periodically volunteer to offer public talks, performances, exhibitions, or presentations as a part of their professional development. The Center frequently invites the public to Open Studio events to interact with resident artists. The Kimmel Harding Nelson cooperates with other organizations to bring the arts, art appreciation, and art education to the public. Residents are encouraged to, but not required to donate work for our permanent collection. Recordings and books or manuscripts are made available to residents and visitors. Visual art is shown throughout the building.

Contact Information

801 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
United States