Our Skyline Exhibition

October 28 – November 30

First Friday Reception, November 3, 6-8pm

Constellation Studios presents Our Skyline, a creative project and exhibition, of hand carved linoleum block prints by over 28 community artists and 20 UNL students.   The prints were created in respond to the historic linoleum block print by noted Nebraska art teacher Gladys Lux created in the 1930’s of the Lincoln skyline with the state capitol building under construction. This print is featured in the exhibition on loan from the Lux family. This creative project is an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial, and celebrates 150 years of statehood.

Our Skyline participants were inspired with a myriad of art and design approaches: views of our state capitol, downtown, distant viewpoints of Lincoln, urban construction, iconic Nebraska landmarks, rural settings and structures, our open skies, nature silhouettes of trees, grasses, the prairie, and conceptual ideas. Participants took part in two printing sessions to carve and print with assistants to run blocks and paper through the presses during the sessions. For many this was their first time creating a print, with “printing magic” transforming their mark-making into a striking graphic statement.

48 Artists:

Nora Abdel Monem, Christie Asuoha, Joel Anderson, Anissa Bensen, Abby Birkel, Jeri Brainard , Kristin Brooks, Anne Burton, Keith Buswell, Austin Carstens, Dana Clements , Haley Collins, Sally Cox, Erin Cross, Samantha Evans, Lynette Fast, David Fowler, Amy Groff, Abigail Groth, Justin Groth, Amanda Guenther, Mary Guenther, Emily Heater, Madeline Hinrichs, Michele Hrbek, Kristina Insingo, Brynna James, Carolyn Johnson, Megan Kemptar, Hannah Klemme, Karen Kunc, Rise Lange, Yoojeong Lee, Mariah Livingston, Lisa Mills, Brookely Nitsch, Gail Ogden, Lindsey Pinkerton, Diane Reece, Emily Reiman, Jessica Reiter, Jackie Rogers, Rachel Saniuk, Yria Santos-Torres, Kate Speicher, Kristin Vorderstrasse, Emma Ward Jamaica Wilson

Lux_Capitol_Print  Print by Gladys Lux, 1936

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PR!NT LNK Print Sale

First Friday, December 1, 6 – 9pm

Saturday, December 2, 10am – 3pm

 

Discover the world of the print with woodcuts, linoleum prints, etchings, intaglios, mezzotints, lithographs, screen prints, digital prints, monoprints, letterpress.

For collecting & gifting. Featuring local print artists and students! PrintLNKlogo

Artists:

Anissa Bensen , Anne Burton, Keith Buswell, Hannah Demma, Amanda Durig, Madelyne Hansen, Kat Hedges, Brynna James, Karen Kunc, Erika Larson, Yoojeong Lee, Hannah Maakestad, Emily Mazur-Mickells, Pecos Pryor, Nicholas Sheldon, Danley Walkington, Stephanie Wright


Migrations! Collaborative Stamping Project by UNL Print Students. And Works on Paper by Sukha Worob

September 22 – October 21

Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE

Reception Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Meet the Artists!

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Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob.   The possibility to carve and cast one’s own rubber stamps enables unique icons for repeat printing and layers to accumulate and evolve.   The students did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.

Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition.   He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.

Artist Statement: “My work is created using hand-cast rubber rollers covered in raised dots. The rollers are inked up using cyan, yellow, magenta and black. The dots and colors reference the building blocks of printed ephemera. During printing, patterns and images begin to emerge out of the random color relationships and dot placements. The resulting color relationships and images ask the viewer and participating creator to examine their interest in seeking deeper meaning and context for what is, at its core, just random chance.”


On View: Recent Projects & Reef Installation

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Reef is a multi-layered print installation in which printed patterns from woodblocks merge in radiant atmospheres of color. Printed onto translucent Japanese papers, the images seem to accumulate like colonies of microscopic corals, schools of floating plankton, and reference the largest single structure built by living organisms on earth, the endangered Great Barrier Reef.

Also on view are new artist books and prints by Karen Kunc.

 

 


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Here are some nice details from the exhibition Unfolding the Map.   What a beautiful show, and so honored to have these works at the studio!

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Diana Behl                                                                    Sage Dawson

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Tallmadge Doyle                                                      Jill Jepson

Maury Nishimura

Nichole Maury                                                        Emma Nishimura

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Carrie Ann Plank


Material Meanings: Stripped, Splintered, Stacked

Works in print and wood by Kathy Puzey & Sara Tabbert

June 2 – July 22

First Friday Opening Reception June 2, 6-8pm

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These artists use wood for carving sculptural objects and as a matrix block to print from onto paper.   Their work in art-making is, in essence, to deconstruct this “once living” material, and then reconstruct the life force of the universal tree via their images and embedded meanings.   Carved panels, prints, and installation lead us through their creative actions onto raw material – actions that can be seen as violent, necessary, ritualized, and even reverent.

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Kathy Puzey grew up in Utah, as is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Utah State University. She earned her MFA from UNL in 2001, then held positions at the KNH Center in Nebraska City, the Anderson Ranch Art Center, and has been an artist in residence at Fiskers Art Colony, Finland.   She has received recognition with an Artist Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council in 2011, and a USU College Arts Teacher of the Year. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.

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Sara Tabbert was raised in Alaska, went to Grinnell College in Iowa, and received her MFA from UNL in 1997.   She now works as an independent artist in Fairbanks. On the way she held interesting positions as a children’s camp leader, bike tour guide, cook & baker at park lodges, while conducting engagements as an Artist in the Schools. She has been an artist in residence at: Zygote Press, Cleveland; Montana Artists Refuge, Basin; Proyecto ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Artist in the Parks programs in Denali National Park , Zion National Park, Isle Royale National Park.   She has won numerous public art commissions throughout Alaska, and Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grants.   She presented a solo show at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and has exhibited in numerous venues.


Unfolding the Map

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7 women printmakers reference maps and mapping using symbolic conventions of space and visual cues from the world of information, printed matter, and inherited narratives. The works investigate visual cacophony and information loss, imagined spaces, shifting climatic conditions, and where the journey is the destination.

Artists:

Diana Behl, Brookings, South Dakota

Sage Dawson, St. Louis, Missouri

Tallmadge Doyle, Eugene, Oregon

Jill Jepsen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nichole Maury, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Emma Nishimura, Toronto, Canada

Carrie Ann Plank, San Francisco, California

(Presented to compliment the 2017 Great Plains Symposium “Flat Places, Deep Identities: Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains”, March 30-31, 2017)


Drawing to Print

January 6 – February 28, 2017

First Friday January 6, 6-8pm

Thumbnail sketches, tracings, and preparatory drawings highlight the work before printing begins.   Doodles and intuitive marks evolve into graphite ‘planning cartoons’ drawn to scale with delicate passages and rhythmic energy that form concept and unknown adventure.   Selections of Karen Kunc’s drawings are paired with her colorful woodcut prints that result from the mark-making impetus.thumbnails


Metropolis & Invisible Cities – Installation views

A virtual walk through of the gallery!   Metropolis includes 303 international artists and originated in Europe and was assembled in Venice Italy in 2014.   Invisible Cities will be bound in 2016, and all the 228  folio pages are shown on the walls.   This new accordion folded book has contributions from across the USA, and from Chile, Italy, Poland, France, Argentina, Egypt, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, India, Finland, New Zealand, Columbia, Guatemala.   The artists book are made in response to the evocative theme of  Invisible Cities and join to enrich the installation.


Lining: Shealthing Residency In Process

Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have been working for two weeks to realize the installation project Lining: Sheathing.    In the studio they have made huge handmade papers sheets, printed onto the paper with laser cut woodblocks for repeat patterns, and assembled and sewn fabrics to construct a shelter in the gallery space.   Here are some images of works in progress:

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A room size tent enclosure, inspired by Yurts and other nomadic domestic structures,  is the core of the installation.   It will be covered with canvas walls that have been screen printed with a variety of designs, such as Fair Isle knits, traditional crewel work embroidery, an image of a “whorl” of wool, or a “bloom” of cotton.   Hand dyed silk lines the interior of the tent structure of a shadow like pattern, using the image of a cotton boil that was laser cut into plexi glass and clamped with the silk, for resist dip-dying on the delicate material.  Inside the dark space of the tent a bed-sized platform will be covered with two hand-embroidered felt blankets.   Large handmade papers of Iowa grown kozo fiber will be made during the residency, and then printed with laser engraved woodblocks, that will be hung on the gallery walls.    Lining:  Sheathing gives evidence of a love of textiles, while reflecting the beauty of materials that protect and house the body.  

 

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Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints.   Her artists’ books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists’ books. The National Endowment of the Arts funded her most recent collaborative artists book, Rain/fall. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally as well as internationally. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department.  She is the director and a founding member of Florida State University’s artists book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.

 

 Lee Emma Running is trained as a traditional papermaker and sculptor. She is currently an Associate Professor at Grinnell College and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City KS, the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg PA, and the Rijeka Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka Croatia. She’s been granted residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artists Residency, Penland School of Crafts and Anchor Graphics, and was in residence in the fall of 2015 at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. She is represented by Olsen Larson Gallery.


The Last Glacier, Woodcut Prints by Todd Anderson & Bruce Crownover

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April 23 – June 11, 2016

Special Earth Day viewing, Saturday April 23, 10am – 5pm

First Friday Reception, May 6, 6 – 8pm

 

The Last Glacier is a visual print record of the glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana, by artists Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover, who made treks on location over recent years, and created prints in their studios. This project invokes a contemplation of wonder and loss in the face of seemingly powerful and pristine landscapes. “Glaciers have revealed themselves as inherently fragile, and more responsive to human impacts than we had imagined. The works translate our understandings of the impacts of global climate change into a comprehensible human scale.” – Nancy Mahoney

Also on view: Selections On Nature from the Print Collection

Todd Anderson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.  He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2004. Anderson worked at various Fine Art print studios, including Tandem Press (Madison, Wisconsin, USA), The Tamarind Institute of Lithography (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) and The Artist’s Press (Mpumalanga, Republic of South Africa). He is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Clemson University. His work has been a presence at numerous major art fairs including Art Basel Miami, Art Chicago, Art Santa Fe, Editions/Artist’s Books Fair, Impressions Orlando, the New York Affordable Art Show and the San Francisco International Art Exposition, Scope Los Angeles and Scope London. 

Bruce Crownover was born in 1961 in Southern California. He earned his BFA from Utah State University and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1989. Crownover worked with Keiji Shinohara, a Japanese Ukiyo-e master printer, in Boston, creating prints for Sean Scully, Chuck Close, Robert Stackhouse and John Newman. Crownover currently is Master Printer at Tandem Press, a fine art print studio affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Expert in woodcarving, relief, Crownover is also known for a range of printmaking techniques. He has become a notable collaborator with over 80 artists such as Sam Gilliam, Richard Bosman, Robert Cottingham, and Judy Pfaff. He has also been a guest lecturer at various museums, colleges and universities, promoting his own art and Tandem Press.