Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Based on 4 reviews
Founded 2001
Nebraska City, United States
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4 alumni recommend this organization


The mission of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is to support established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers by providing working and living environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth and to present and support arts-related programming that expands public awareness and appreciation of the arts. KHN awards up to 70 juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. To apply, please see details and instructions at The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.

Local Information

Located along of the Missouri River, Nebraska City is Nebraska's oldest incorporated city. The historic town is beautiful and fascinating, with tree-lined brick streets, architecturally-interesting homes and buildings, and the most museums per capita of any city in the midwest. Nebraska City is thriving with businesses, dozens of attractions, and several large festivals held throughout the year including Arbor Day and Applejack weekend celebrations. Midwestern friendliness abounds. The city is walkable and easy to navigate via bicycle, and is an hour's drive from Omaha and Lincoln, the two largest cities in Nebraska. For more details about Nebraska City and the surrounding area, visit

Network Affiliations

  • Alliance of Artist Communities
  • Res Artis

Current Open Calls

No open calls

Alumni Reviews

2019 Alumni - Interdisciplinary

I had an excellent and productive four weeks at KHN. Set in the quaint town of Nebraska City, NE, KHN offered a quiet, comfortable experience. The staff is fantastic and the facility is spacious and quiet. Nebraska City has enough to do that you feel connected with the outside world, but not too much to distract you from your work. Another highlight was the community outreach aspect of the program. Local members of the community asked excellent questions and were an engaged and enthusiastic audience. I highly recommend applying.

2019 Alumni - Artist Residency

I highly recommend this artist residency. Perks include a weekly stipend, comfortable living arrangements, private studio space, extremely helpful staff, free laundry and parking, and a quiet, peaceful environment in which to rest and pursue studio work. Bed and bath are private with shared kitchen and living room. The facility is within walking distance of a grocery store, pharmacy, movie theater, museums, and many shops & restaurants. Plenty of public parks and opportunities for exercise. Socializing during the residency is recommended but not required. I was able to really dig into my creative process, explore the area, and also rest!

2019 Alumni - Writing Residency

This residency was so peaceful. The staff members were kind and welcoming. There were excellent kitchen facilities and a stipend to pay for groceries. Although there was not a lot of programmed in social time, the welcoming atmosphere meant that it was not too isolating. Yet, I always felt I had enough time to do my work. Highly recommended.

2020 Alumni - Visual Artist Residency

I had a great session here and would very much recommend the program. The staff are terrific - super supportive, without ever being in your way. Nebraska City is definitely a small town, but you can walk everywhere and the people are very friendly. The facilities are quite nice - the visual studios are across a courtyard from the living areas, so you do have to venture outdoors from your apartment - but not very far. You have a bedroom and en suite bathroom to yourself, and share the kitchen and larger living area with a writer resident. I highly recommend being part of the Third Thursday evening, if possible. Was delighted to see how many people attended! Overall, I enjoyed my residency very much and learned a ton along the way, and would definitely give the program a giant thumbs up.