mural progress

This slideshow documents the progression of the mural project from the beginning and will update throughout completion. Read more about the Constellation Studios mural below to learn more.

the constellation studios mural

The Constellation Studios Mural is a major artwork designed and painted by Karen Kunc with teams of students and volunteers. It is an imaginative nature-based abstraction of flowing transitions from watery pools – with her Blue Heron Press logo – to entwined plants, to symbols of galaxies and planets, to constructivist op-art geometric forms, to expanding clouds, radiating star clusters, and a cloud bubble filled with text-like calligraphy, all culminating with a large symbolic multi-branching tree. These themes reference the natural environment, organic vs. geometric interplay, micro- to macrocosmic perspectives, inter-dependence of creative imagination in art and science that celebrates the patterns of life.

WallWorks is an curated program of ongoing temporary street art installations within designated areas on the east façade, incorporated within the mural. Invited artists can envision and create “pop-up” art actions, such as stenciling, wall painting, wheat pasting.

community news & happenings

Artist in Residence Taryn Zust, Cincinnati,Ohio

Taryn is a senior art student at University of Cincinnati, and had research funding for her residency in August. At Constellation Studios she created 8 etchings, made handmade paper for the title page, with a letterpress printed text,… Read More »

Artists in Residence Kazuko and Kaoru

Two artists from Tokyo Japan have been in residence here during November.   Kazuko Araki and Kaoru Morita are sharing a great experience for concentration on their printmaking and enjoying cultural exchange.   This is their first visit to the… Read More »

The Slow Read

Ready, Get Set…Slow Read Q: What is the opposite of a book club on steroids? A: Reading Willa Cather’s novel ‘My Ántonia’ at the slow pace of six pages per day. What is the Slow Read? The Slow… Read More »

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… Read More »

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.… Read More »

Stamping Activity and print works Sukha Worob

Great engagement with visiting artist Sukha Worob in September and the resulting exhibition and stamping activity.   Here are some action photos of the collaborative stamping project and his installation of prints.   Thanks for the DIY knowledge and collaborative… Read More »

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! Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired… Read More »

Artists in Residence Marnix Everart & Veronique Van Remoortel

Marnix & Veronique came from Ghent, Belgium for a two week residency at Constellation Studios.   Marnix developed his copperplate etchings with non-toxic BIG ground and acrylic aquatint for a new print series that suggests science-like instructions and images.  … Read More »

Sarah Turner, Artist in Residence

Sarah Turner, an artist from Detroit, was in residence at Constellation Studios for two weeks in April.  She worked on a series of prints made from inked objects and found materials, transferring detailed impressions, that literally spoke about… Read More »

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… Read More »

New WallWorks Mural by Madison Svendgard

Thanks to Madison for painting a great mural this summer!   This mysterious narrative intrigues us with a fantasy world of larger -than-life figures that seem to stand in the garden plantings.    Madison has a distinctive style and dedication… Read More »

Metropolis & Invisible Cities Exhibition

Interpretations on Urbanity October 21 – December 24, 2016 Opening Reception, Friday, October 21, 6-8pm Metropolis is a handmade book venture in a spectrum of printmaking processes by artists from around the world, including two from Constellation Studios.… Read More »