The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is housed in a 1969 Prairie style building offering apartment, studio, and gallery spaces. Our triplex of living quarters and studio spaces are all located in the same facility.


KHN features living space for five residents in three apartments. Two large double-occupancy apartments feature private bedrooms with en suite baths, and spacious shared kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Composers stay in the garden-level efficiency apartment, located under the composition studio.

All apartments are furnished with basic necessities such as dishes, pots and pans, and kitchen appliances, and a basic spice pantry. Bedroom and bath linens are provided. Each apartment has private control for heating or air conditioning. Onsite laundry facilities are available for residents.

Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the living and studio spaces. An all-in-one printer is connected to a communal computer and smart TV are available in the residents’ lounge.

Each resident prepares his or her own meals. Grocery items are available within easy walking distance from the Center. Several welcoming restaurants are nearby. The Center maintains two bicycles for residents' use. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is provided.


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 hand saw and painting easels are available. The studios feature full-spectrum LED track lighting with moveable fixtures, as well as overhead daylight fluorescent fixtures. The two larger studios have garage doors which may be opened to face the alley.

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, as well as a boxcar base for resident use. Please email the KHN staff if you are interested in using the letterpress during your residency.

Composers are provided a studio equipped with a Yamaha upright piano, wireless internet, surge protector, two Dynaudio Acoustics BM5A monitors, a Mackie 4-channel compact mixer, and cables to connect them. 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.

For specific questions about tools and items available, please contact the Center's staff. Residents are welcome to ship materials to the Center's address prior to their arrival.

Gallery and Permanent Collection

The Center’s small gallery hosts six to eight exhibitions each year, primarily featuring work by regional artists and former residents. The galley is open to visitors Monday-Friday during exhibitions. On the Third Thursday of every month KHN invites the community to attend Open Studios with current residents and receptions for exhibiting artists. The Center is also open for community arts workshop rentals free of charge.

The Center also displays selections from our permanent collection of artworks, books, manuscripts, and musical recordings by form by previous residents. Books, manuscripts and musical recordings by former writers and composers are available to current residents and visitors. This permanent collection of over 300 works of art, literature, and music continues to grow as each artist is invited, but not obligated, to donate a piece of work made during their residence.




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