STELLAR Small Prints: International Invitational Exhibition

September 4 – November 7, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception, September 4, 6:00 – 8:00

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A global network is drawn between diverse artists and their printworks on an intimate scale. The exhibition includes: Maija Albrecht, Finland; Hayk Grigoryan, Armenia; Tara Sabharwal, India/USA; Mariko Ando Spencer, Canada/Japan; Sheila Goloborotko, Brazil/USA; Antti Ratalahti, Finland; Jill Ho-You, Canada; Josef Werner, Germany; Manuel Alba, France; Naomi Hashimoto, Japan; Silvana Martignoni, Italy; Sean Caulfield, Canada; Miida Seiichiro, Japan.  These artists operate on multiple levels in the print community, through exhibiting at international biennales, working in collaborative studios and independently, as artist mentors that elucidate and interpret print culture through their craft and concept.    The quality of their vision is expressed through an attentive nature and handwork, while understanding the impact of ink and impression.

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Images by:  (top left) Tara Sabharwal, (top right) Jill Ho-You, (bottom) Sean Caulfield

Exhibition views of Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia

Preserving and sharing viewpoints from Barbara Tetenbaum’s beautiful installation Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia.  Follow the layout, the  materiality and typographic play, the visualization that maps connections, all within this immersive presentation.   Here is the link to the review by L. Kent Wolgemott, with other great photos:

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My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing

A challenging transformation to the gallery space will occur with the residence of Barbara Tetenbaum May 10 – 13 with the installation of My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing.   Barbara will work in collaboration with interns, students and artists to realize this visual presentation of Cather’s beloved novel, through mapping components, a carved wooden interpretation baord, and book stands placed throughout the space.   All will culminate with an opening reception on Wednesday May 13, 6 – 8pm.



Active Studio!

Workshops and tours, printing large scale, and book signings… great to have the energy and participants this winter.

Denise Brady of Gibraltar Press brought by the new book publication she has done, with Karen’s woodcuts included.   We signed the books before the launch party held in Omaha.


The etching workshop was successful for processing and developing of detailed images and beautiful lines.   We tested how the studio functioned with the vertical tank set up….all very operational and efficient!


UNL grad student Meryl Engler demonstrates her large multi-block color woodcut  on the large etching press for the OLLI group studio tour.   They are fascinated with all the processes and techniques of printmaking and have a thorough explanation now from the series of detailed demos.


Incidents & Accidents: A Print Invitational Exhibition

Constellation Studios presents an eclectic and beautiful collection of prints by nationally recognized artists who imply narrative incidents, a history and accident of printed marks, and play with illusion into and onto the printed stage or surface. This exhibition is curated by Karen Kunc and gives evidence of the vitality and reach of the print world today. Artists included are:  John Ford, Debora Oden, Nick Ruth, Ellen Wiener.  This new exhibition opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 – 9pm.   The exhibition will extend through April 20.


John Ford creates ethereal etchings of layered memory and immaterial sensibilities set into vague game board structures.   Open spaces and inky atmospheres surround the sequences and repetitions of a forgotten memory and abandoned spaces.   Ford is a professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.


Ellen Wiener composes poetic narratives, panoramic in scale and dense with “thickets of hypnotic pen work”.   She draws on the passage of time and references to sixteenth century engravings, navigational tools, literary percussive meter, all to describe transformative tales.   Wiener lives and works in Southold, New York, and most recently was a visiting artist at SUNY Stony Brook.


Nick Ruth’s monoprints are radiant landscapes, full of pipes, holes and structures that are present in our complicated world.   These anxious and funny depictions give evidence of our desires, and the absurd ways we humans try to control the worlds around us and within us. Ruth is a professor of art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

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Debora Oden has cultivated the chaos and risk of everyday life into a metaphoric voice.   Her beautiful and raw etchings of marks and scratches are a dialogue between the process of living and that of making prints as a record of movement through place and over time.   Oden is a professor of art at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.


Fresh Prints Constellation Studios Publications

Announcing the release of new prints by Nancy Friedemann, Kim Ried Kuhn, and Karen Kunc.   These stunning prints are by notable regional artists, who have brought their vision to the woodcut process, offering their own unique visual voice, paired with quality hand production that is a hallmark of Constellation Studios and master printmaker Karen Kunc.   These limited edition prints are available for purchase and exhibition.   For inquiries on the prints and artists please contact



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Print Publication with Kim Reid Kuhn

Constellation Studios Publications venture brought Visiting Artist Kim Reid Kuhn to the studio for some hot printing of a wild woodcut in a week-long residency!    Kim has a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and exhibits regionally, and is poised for national exposure.   She is one of the co-owners of the Sweatshop Gallery, an unconventional art space and music venue in Omaha’s thriving Benson neighborhood.      Watch for a Publishing Party coming in the fall to unveil this amazing print!


Artist in Residence Sanaz Haghashi

Sanaz is an Iranian artist currently residing in Bozeman, Montana.   Her graphic design and art training from the University of Sooreh gives her strong abilities that she uses for new woodcut prints that test fine line details and gives a flowing mosaic-like pattern for an iconic woman/self-portrait.   Sanaz is developing her art for graduate school applications and her future education.


New Workshops ahead!

Upcoming summer workshop Ink, Water, Wood:   Mokuhanga Woodblock Printmaking, August 14 – 17, will be a good introduction and complement to my signature workshop Color Woodcut Printmaking, October 16 – 20.

This traditional Japanese watercolor woodblock printing method will be focus of the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference, which I am helping to coordinate as a member and chair of the International Board.   I have a personal mission to develop the aesthetics, techniques and various approaches to woodcut prints world wide.   This immersion into Ink, Water, Wood will refresh my experiences and prime me for the conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 10 – 13.


Following on the great success of June’s woodcut printmaking workshop, I will again offer Color Woodcut Printmaking Workshop, around our fall break time.   Lots of interest and limited places, so make plans to join in.   Here are some nice prints created in the workshop, and some of the great people who made those prints!


More People!

Artist in Residence Susan Eriksson was at Constellation Studios the first week of June.  Susan is a mixed media artist, educator and geologist from Boulder, Colorado, who makes sculpture and installations from carved wood.   She explored the printed transferal of her carved marks from blocks to paper, and will integrate these concepts into future work, referring to geologic strata and natural forms.


And meet this additional group of interns and volunteers who have contributed to the energy and development of Constellation Studios this spring!   Thank you Mary, Adrian, Marissa, Ella, Matt, and Adrienne!


It was an honor to have artist and friend Jaune Quick-to-See Smith visit Constellation Studios during her whirlwind visit to Lincoln last week.    Thank you Jaune for your support and insight on what this worksite means to our community.


Artist-in-Residence Christine Style

It was great to have Christine in the studio in late April for a week residency.   Chris is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and it was an honor to host her while she is on sabbatical.   She worked on an exchange portfolio print edition, and also became deeply involved into the complex carving of a large scale relief block!   We shared good travel stories, viewing the beautiful song scrolls she brought from India, and some concentrated time in the studio.   Thanks Chris for your ideas and support!



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!