Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program (KBMP) is an interdisciplinary arts studio and young artist mentorship that encourages teens to explore, observe, think, and create in the arts. Teens (mentees) and professional artists (mentors) meet after school in an environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art practice, and which encourages community involvement. Three semesters per year, professional artist mentors are matched with about 50 high school teens who are provided an opportunity to find personal inspiration, gain technical skills, and build a portfolio. Teens and mentors meet after school in an environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art practice, and which encourages community involvement.

Teens! Applications are always being accepted. Click here for the Students page.


LEMON ZEST | Young Artist Exhibition
Opening Weekend Hours:
Friday, April 30, 3 pm-8 pm
Saturday, May 1, 10 am-5 pm

Exhibition duration: April 30–May 28, 2021

Location: Kent Bellows Studio, 3303 Leavenworth St.

This multidisciplinary exhibition showcases individual works from Joslyn's KBMP Spring 2021 Semester artists. Featuring prints, paintings, sculptures, music videos, fashion looks, and more; artwork sales will benefit both the artist and Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. Come out and support these young artists.

Free advance reservation ticket is required for entry (see Tickets Required below). If able, visitors will enter the exhibition through the front door located on Leavenworth Street, pass through the building (up two flights of stairs), and exit the exhibition through the back door (down two flights of stairs). For those unable to walk stairs, accommodations can be made to the viewing route. We also require visitors to adhere to the following conduct during their visit:

Wear a mask at all times while in the Kent Bellows Studio (all visitors ages 5 and up). If you forget yours, we’ve got you covered with complimentary masks available.

Clean Hands
Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available via a touch-free station at the entrance and exit doors of the building.

Six Feet Apart
Maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and visitors not in your party.

Are you well?
If you feel ill or have a temperature or cough, please stay home and reschedule your visit when you are well.

Be Kind
Please be patient during your visit. Respect directions from the staff, as they are meant to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Admission to the exhibition is free to all, however, every visitor (including members and children) needs to reserve a free ticket for their visit in advance. Reservations allow us to pace guest arrivals and avoid unnecessary crowding.
  • Make your free reservation online by clicking the blue button at right
  • Select date and time (first come, first served). The time selected is your arrival time. On time arrival is essential in order to prevent overcrowding. We ask that your visit lasts no longer than 30 minutes so that we can accommodate as many visitors as possible. There is a maximum of ten tickets per reservation
  • Receive your timed ticket via the email address provided when making your online reservation
  •  At the time of your scheduled visit, come to the building entrance and show your ticket (printed or on your mobile device) to our admissions staff. 
  • With questions about ticket reservations or for assistance, please call 402.991.0049 during public hours

Annette & Paul Smith Visual Arts Scholarship
The Annette & Paul Smith Visual Arts Scholarship will award $1000 to one KBMP mentee who enrolls in classes at Metro Community College and intends to explore career fields in the visual arts. This includes new graduates intending to enroll part time or full time, as well as high school and home school students who would like to take college level classes before graduating.

This scholarship is graciously supported by Bob Benzel and Gerry Sullivan.

Generous support for Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program provided by:

Dixon Family Foundation
H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund
The Gifford Foundation
Great Plains Communications
Iowa West Foundation
Jetton Fund
Kiewit Companies Foundation
Midlands Community Foundation
Omaha Steaks
Amy L. Scott Foundation
Annette and Paul Smith
Tides Foundation
Wells Fargo
Cynthia Epstein and David Wiesman