Artist-in-Residence Brian Curling

What a great and productive residency for Brian Curling at Constellation Studios!   Working in the “most beautiful print studio”, Brian carved and printed a multilayered color reduction woodcut on exceeding thin Japanese kozo papers, that he sews together, allowing for the layers to optically mix and float open to reveal the illusive image.   Really a beautiful print created in early April, while spring is struggling here.    Brian presented a Gallery Talk on his circular path of his influences and life to a packed crowd of students, friends, and his former professors, all joining for conversations and a treats.

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Earth Day in the neighborhood, April 12, noon – 5

Constellation Studios is proud to join in Earth Day Lincoln as a sponsor, April 12, noon – 5:00, in the Union Plaza park, 21st and P Street, right across the street!    While enjoying the trails, activities and mindfulness on our Earth, hop over to Constellation Studios for some fun printing activity to create your own take away print.   We will play around with colors and simple “earthy” printable blocks to roll and stamp away all day on this Earth Day celebration!

 

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April 4th First Friday Gallery Walk – Last Chance to see “Of Process”

Join Constellation Studios on the First Friday Gallery Walk 6:00 – 9:000m.   This will be the last chance to see the exhibition “Of Process:  Drawings, Blocks, Prints by Karen Kunc”.  View her new print “Sending & Receiving”, delicate transmissions occur across the diaphanous space between looming structures.

 

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Interview and Recognitions

Constellation Studios is featured in Lance’s Journal, with a tour and interview with Karen! This interesting process involves great questions and taping all condensed to the essence in this short video:

 

Thanks, Lance, for visiting and bring out the great Constellation Studios story!

Constellation Studios has received a nice recognition by the Preservation Association of Lincoln with the 2014 City Center Award, that recognizes outstanding effort in maintaining the vitality of Lincoln’s urban core! An awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 9th, with Karen Kunc and Kenny Walton recognized along with BVH Architects, here represented by our team leader Dan Worth.

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First Friday & International Portfolio Viewing 6:00 – 9:00pm

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Join Constellation Studios for Lincoln’s First Friday Gallery Walk, March 7th, 6:00 – 9:00pm.   We will have the “first viewing” of the international exchange portfolio “From There to Here (Bridges)” before it is seen in exhibition in San Francisco at the Southern Graphics Council International Annual Conference.   This project represents 9 faculty artists from Austria, India, Finland, Turkey, Cuba, Bangladesh, Spain, USA, Egypt, who each invited 1 student to take part.   A truly prodigious effort to build bridges through printmaking and gift culture.


Amazing Grand Opening!

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Thank you everyone for making the event so exciting, with overwhelming responses to the space, the art and colors, the crowd, and the reality of this vision. I wish I had made a speech to tell everyone how I feel, but the nice interview in the LJS conveyed my thoughts more in depth and intimately that I could have amid the crush of well-wishers. Thank you everyone of such a for a great launch of Constellation Studios!


First Friday & Lincoln Print Group Print Sale

Join Constellation Studios for February First Friday as we host the Lincoln Print Group Print Sale, February 7, 5:00–9:00pm. Original etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and screen prints, as well as hand-printed t-shirts and Valentines, will be available for sale. There will also be a raffle of faculty and graduate work. The sale continues on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Installing art for first exhibition

I have enjoyed setting up and playing in the gallery space at last, to set up my works for an intriguing and “revealing” show.   Thanks to help from Bethany, Patricia and Meryl, things are going beautifully on the vast new walls!

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Moving in Presses

The big move of two presses into Constellation Studios, needing the muscle of some great moving guys! Also drawers of type and some cabinets. Now it feels like the studio is shaping up, yet more is to come. This will be a step by step process, but exciting to have the new home for my 35 year old Brand Press.

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Of Process

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A revelatory exhibition into the process by which artist Karen Kunc creates her woodcut prints. Doodles become drawings, carved woodblocks transfer ink to paper, color sequences and evolutionary process enable her powerful visual expression to emerge.

Of Process will be on display in the Constellation Studios gallery from January 18 to April 5, 2014.  Opening reception to be held on January 18th from 6:00 – 9:00pm, more details in the event post.


Great Progress on the Mural!

I want to thank all of you who have given a hand and enabled great progress to happen on my mural at Constellation Studios. It has come a long way, and looks amazing! Right now the weather is going to put a slow down on what can be done, until spring. Also, what is left  to do is up high and needs to be done from the scissors lift or ladders, and also so much yet needs my touch to do the blending and special color effects. So, keep watching and eventually I will get back to this huge project… it has been fun and consuming… with a great presence now on ‘O’ Street!
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Apply for a Residency

Artists are invited to propose a short-term residency of 2 weeks–4 weeks. Residencies are self-funded by the artists who pay studio fees (see fee list). Shared housing is available as scheduling permits. Artists will work independently and design their program with the assistance of the director. Send brief information, objectives, references and contact information by email or post. Do not include original samples and materials will not be returned. Submissions will be reviewed ongoing, and you will be contacted if we are interested.