Location: Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States
Mission: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is an ideal setting for working artists looking for a respite to concentrate on their work. Although originally built in 1969 as a luxury communal home for three prominent couples, the KHN Center has become a renowned artist residency program located in southeastern Nebraska.
Since 2001, the residency has hosted more than 50 working artists each year which include a combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Each has found privacy in which to create along with ample opportunities to interact with fellow artists in a friendly community located in the rolling bluff country of eastern Nebraska. The KHN Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks.
In 2001, the KHN Center was established by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc. The facility is housed within the prairie-style complex designed by architect, Burkett Graf and built by Karl H. and Wealtha Harding Nelson. The efforts of these pioneering visionaries have shaped the face of the arts in Nebraska and the region through the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Cost: Stipend provided.
Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. Each resident prepares his or her own meals. Grocery items are available within easy walking distance from the Center. Several welcoming restaurants and quaint coffee shops are nearby. The Center maintains two bicycles for residents’ use. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is provided.
Application Fee: $35.00 application fee
Number of Artists: Up to 5 Artists at a Time
Accommodations: The KHN Center provides housing, studio space, and a weekly stipend. Two large double-occupancy apartments feature a shared kitchen, living and dining room and private bedrooms with ensuite baths. The garden-level efficiency apartment, located directly below a spacious composer’s studio often houses the composer-in-residence.
Apartments are furnished with basic necessities such as dishes, utensils, pots and pans and a number of small kitchen appliances. Bedroom and bath linens are provided.
Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building and each apartment has private control for heating or air conditioning. The facility offers on-site laundry facilities for resident use. An all-in-one printer is connected to a communal computer, available in the residents’ lounge.
Length of Stay: 2 – 8 weeks
Demographic: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, age, race, religion, or national origin.
Medium: Visual Artists, Writers, and Composers from across the country and around the world
Benefits: Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. Regular open studio events with residents and receptions for exhibiting artists are held to which the community is invited.
Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet, outfitted with work tables, running water and storage shelves. Hand tools, a table saw, a scroll saw and painting easels are available.
For printmakers, the Center offers a letterpress studio with a Vandercook Sp15 press and a standard proof press. The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio also features a variety of furniture and fonts, an inventory of tools and inks, as well as a boxcar base for resident use.
Composers are provided a studio equipped with a Yamaha upright piano, a set of digital monitors and a compact mixer. The composer’s studio is spacious, comfortable and quiet, but not soundproof.
A private writer’s studio is located within each of the double-occupancy apartments featuring computer desks, shelving, and abundant natural light.
Deadline: March 1: July – December Session + September 1: January – June Session