Holly McAdams Olson, Director

Holly McAdams Olson joined the KHN as Director in February 2017. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as a BA in Arts Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Bellevue University. Prior to joining KHN, Holly established her love for supporting artists and cultivating the Arts in Omaha, working at The Union for Contemporary Art, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and as a board member of WhyArts? Inc. Holly has lived of Union, Nebraska since 2003. Deeply rooted in the area, she is thrilled to join the KHN family and to devote herself more completely to her adopted rural home and the Nebraska City community.

Pat Friedli, Assistant Director

Pat Friedli has been Assistant Director since 2007. She began with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2001 working as a volunteer. She enjoys working with the resident artists to make them feel welcome and to support them in their creative endeavors saying, β€œI love meeting so many interesting people from all over the world. We have a great residency program where artists can be comfortable in the community and meet other artists, while at the same time focusing on creating art.”

Pat has lived in Nebraska City for 20 years. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan, she has had several careers but says, β€œIt is very rewarding being here, surrounded by all of this art and so many wonderful artists. The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a great place to be.” In her spare time Pat enjoys creating fiber art and quilts.




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