Thanks to the artists: Juergen Strunck, Laura Berman, Jeffrey Dell, Midwest Pressed/Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson, Mildred Beltre. Beautiful exhibition!
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.
On February 27th, Constellation Studios teams up with writers Katie Schmid Henson and Katie Pryor to host an evening of poetry and visual art. Doors open at 6:00pm, reading begins at 7:00pm, and an art raffle featuring donated work from local and UNL graduate artists will take place at 8:00pm. All proceeds will benefit The Family Literacy Program, supported by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Karen will also have the letterpress rolling out a few poems from the evening for guests to take home. Featured readers include Belinda Acosta, Katie Pryor, and Kim Tedrow. The event is free to the public and we’d love to see you there! For more information please visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/878870602226630/
Constellation Studios presents Rainbow, an exhibition of vibrant color and the study of its printed effects. Printmakers effectively use the blending of colors with “split fountains” and “rainbow rolls” for continuous gradations that belie the flatness of plate or block – that imply printed kitsch and bravura, creating dynamic spatial illusions. The printing of luminous layers create complex patterns, or individuated swatches of color steps – suggesting the multiplicity of individual parts adding to the whole, as a social metaphor or visual phenomenon. This exhibition is a glowing symphony of color at play and work in contemporary form. Nationally recognized artists include: Mildred Beltre, Vermont; Laura Berman, Missouri; Jeffrey Dell, Texas; Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson as Midwest Pressed, Iowa; Juergen Strunck, Texas.
Join us at Constellation Studios for an opening reception on Friday, February 19, 7 – 9pm.
Here are some highlights of the Artists in Residence this fall 2015!
Kathy Puzey, Logan, Utah, was in residence for two weeks in September-October. She is working on woodcut prints of “pieces of wood” – incredibly detailed and layered, that recreates the growth layers. She is creating these works for a sculptural installation of print objects. She enjoyed the concentrated time, and to reconnect with friends in Lincoln, as she is a UNL alumna.
Midori Iizuka, Tokyo, Japan, spent all of October at Constellation Studios. She drew inspiration from and literally traced the marks of the studio floor. She captures the random markings as gestures in ink and brush, that will be translated into screen prints onto fabric. She intends to use the large scale drawing for backdrop to her performance works. She also printed woodblocks and created book works, as well as taught a Shibori Tie-Dye workshop.
Macy Chadwick was Artist in Residence in early November for a week, developing prints for upcoming book projects. The prints were elegantly spare and beautiful, efficient with cut stencils, color layers, and concepts on breath and air. And those great pinks!
Robert L. Mejer, from Quincy, Illinois, was in residence in November for two weeks and saw the season grow colder. He set a steady pace for himself of productivity and invention, pulling 3 – 4 monoprints each day. His distinctive water-base monotype methods enable building of color and compositions, with added on collage plates for a one-time-through the press impression. He is working on prints during his sabbatical for an upcoming solo show.
Thank you all for being here and contributing to the studio energies and spirit!
Works by Karen Kunc
Extended Viewing Opportunity, February 5 First Friday, 6 – 8pm
Prints, monoprints, drawings, artist books by Karen Kunc. View specialty works of shaped and elongated formats, and the complete Urban/Rural Divide Series. The exhibition includes the new Oscillation Shift, awarded the Art in Print “Prix de Print”, selected by juror David Storey who states: “Kunc understands the territory that is the surface of a print. She can take a sheet of paper and make it live.”
Exhibition December 4, 2015 – February 5, 2016
Sunday, October 25 1:00 – 4:00pm
$40 for workshop and materials
In this workshop participants will make unique papers with colorful tie-dye patterns. Soft Japanese washi papers and cotton fabric will be used with this traditional technique for contemporary exploration. We will produce beautiful papers that can be used for bookbinding, gift-wrapping, collage, or stationary. Artist-in-Residence Midori Iizuka, from Tokyo, will lead this workshop for a cultural exchange and opportunity. All ages welcome.
To register: call Karen 402-429-8239 cell or studio 402-438-0049 or online.
Shubho Saha, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, spent a week residency at Constellation Studios, where he printed a color woodcut, made handmade paper, assisted printing with Karen, and visited the UNL campus, museums, and Art Department. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts Dhaka University, and is the studio manager of the community print studio of the Bengal Foundation. He is continuing on with a two month residency at the Salina Art Center, Kansas…….and now we have this great connection with Salina through Shubho and director Bill North. It was great to share the studio and conversations about so many things……and reminiscing of our many friends in Dhaka!
This beautiful show needs to be seen up close! So here is a selection of images to give some perspective on these STELLAR prints and the installation. Living with them in the studio is inspiring. It is an honor to have these works here, and to connect with these artists, their concepts and talents. Thank you all!
Here is the link to a beautiful video of Art at Cedar Point, my summer course taught at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station, near Ogallala, Nebraska. Created by Kat Shiffler, who has captured the intent of this art and science collaboration. Watch and enjoy!
A fun evening was shared with 40 – 50 guests for the Happy Hour House Concert, featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and musician Marty Steinhausen.
Then everyone joined in the Constellation Studio Tour and viewing of “Treasures from the Flatfile”. The drawers were opened one by one for a dazzling display! My works ranged from grad school etchings, to the latest “just finished” print, to some collectible antique Japanese books, and the scroll print by Tuula Molinen. Here are the views:
A productive residency for John-Mark as he created large scale woodcut prints, both as unique experimental impressions, and as a “reductive” edition. He worked fluidly on the large press, and tested papers, registrations, color layers, stencils and details. Beautiful prints were made – suggestive of architectural blueprints, schematic perspective of imaginary cities, map-like graphics. Thanks for the dialogue and support!