Application Process

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to seventy juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1 annually. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, age, race, religion, or national origin.

Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. The Center can house up to five artists of various disciplines at any given time.

Residency Application Fee

Applications for residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center 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.

Residency Application Deadlines

September 1 is the deadline for Session 1 residencies to take place the following January – June.

March 1 is the deadline for Session 2 residencies to take place the following July – December.

Specific begin and end dates are listed below for upcoming sessions.

Please email for more information.

Session Dates

2018 Session 2: July 2 – December 21, 2018 | Apply: March 1, 2018
2019 Session 1: January 7 - June 14, 2019 | Apply: Sept 1, 2018
2019 Session 2: July 1 - December 20, 2019 | Apply: March 1, 2019
2020 Session 1: January 6 - June 19, 2020 | Apply: Sept 1, 2019

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.

Application Notification by E-mail

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.

Application Guidelines

Guidelines for Online Applications
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 portal.

Before submitting your application, download the SUPPORT MATERIALS guidelines 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 can not be sent to the Center.

Click to download PDF of specific guidelines for your discipline.

All Writers
Music Composers
Visual Artists

Click here to apply online.


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 Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

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.

Transitional Residencies

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.


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 apply two years after their original residency application. Non-Nebraska alumni can reapply three years after their original residency application.

Resident Reviews
When asked, What did you like most about your Kimmel Harding Nelson residency, recent responses included:

The Kimmel Harding Nelson residency provided me with the workspace and solitude necessary to carry out my artistic work. The composer studio was spacious and well appointed - I only wish that I could have such a good working environment back at home! -Nina C. Young, composer, 2015

The balance that was struck between providing me with what I needed and leaving me to my own resources. Pat and Elizabeth both really know what they're doing - the program is run efficiently and allows for maximum productivity. I didn't know what to expect, but I was really pleasantly surprised. I really had everything I needed. The town offered options for exploring and inspiration, and was accessible. The facility was comfortable, well laid out, and well supplied. It was also a good mix of artists, and I was well matched with my roommate. –Anthony Barilla, interdisciplinary, 2015

I loved the quiet everywhere, so that I felt I could work multiple places. I also appreciated the other residents--everyone was mature and serious about their art. -Jen Bockelman, visual artist, 2014

Nebraska City's quiet unhurried atmosphere, its people and parks, and the beautiful surrounding landscape were a continual source of creative access and inspiration. I will really miss it when I go home. -Geoff Kronik, writer 2014

For more comments from alumni on their experience at the KHN Center, download the PDF of remarks from recent evaluations.


Residency awards are based upon the recommendations of two jurors who independently review support materials (without names attached) submitted by applicants. 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

Visual Art
Kimberly Cridler
Aaron Fine
Martha Horvay
Bonnie O'Connell
Gary Rattigan
Larry Roots
Amy Ruffo
Susan McGilvrey
Dave Beck
Deborah Zlotsky

Liz Ahl
Royal Eckert
David Groff
Greg Kosmicki
Steve Langan
Jill Patterson
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Mary K. Stillwell
David Meischen
Evelyn Sharenov

Dave Beck
Orit Ben-Shitrit




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