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.

This program is not a traditional class structure and, instead, encourages teens to come with their own original ideas.

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


KBMP Young Artist Exhibition
December 9, 2022 - January 6, 2023

This multidisciplinary exhibition showcases work by Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program fall semester artists. Works include drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, fashion arts, and more. Come and support our teens; artwork sales benefits both the artist and the program. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, December 9, 6 pm-9 pm
Saturday, December 10, 11 am-2 pm

Kent Bellows Studio Gallery
3303 Leavenworth Street, Omaha

Gallery Hours after Opening Weekend:
Monday-Friday, 11 am-4 pm by appointment
Call (402) 991-0605

Sponsored in part by the Joslyn Art Museum Association

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

H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund
Iowa West Foundation
Omaha Steaks
Amy L. Scott Foundation
Annette and Paul Smith
Tides Foundation

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.