Director Calls First Months At KHN Art Center “A Joy’

NEBRASKA CITY – Holly McAdams Olson told Nebraska City Rotarians Wednesday that her first eight months as program director at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center For The Arts has been a breath of fresh air.

McAdams Olson: “This center, it’s a well-oiled machine. It’s well-established, it’s been very well run in its history, so it’s been a great pleasure to step in and just be able to, you know, find little things of improvements, but to really just be a joy to step in to be a steward for the town and for the artists.”

The center provides housing, work studios and workshop space for five artists.

McAdams Olson: “Our core mission is to support visual artists, writers and composers by giving them time and space to do their work.”

The center has been the abode of 892 artists so far.

McAdams Olson:  “We are almost always a full house, so, just so you know, weekly there are people from all over the world coming in to enjoy this beautiful town.”

She focused on building an alumni database and organizing the art inventory. Now that she is settled in, she plans to meet more with alumni and the community.

The traditional Third Thursday open studio events will continue, but will likely be called Third Thursday Artists Talks.

The center started as a luxury tri-plex, that were converted in 2001 to studios, a classroom and gallery. It is one of an estimated 500 artist residencies in the United States.

 

She focused on building an alumni database and organizing the art inventory. Now that she is settled in, she plans to meet more with alumni and the community.

The traditional Third Thursday open studio events will continue, but will likely be called Third Thursday Artists Talks.

The center started as a luxury tri-plex, that were converted in 2001 to studios, a classroom and gallery. It is one of an estimated 500 artist residencies in the United States.

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