mural progress

This slideshow documents the progression of the mural project from the beginning. 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.

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This exhibition features an elegant array of paper as itself and as sheets for decorative purposes.   Paper has served as a carrier of meaning for centuries, weathering handling, spinning into thread, bookworms, distribution.  Making handmade paper invites exploration of the malleability of pulp for creation and imagery.  This show presents...

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Holiday Show & Sale: 10 Years/100 Works/$100

Holiday Show & Sale: 10 Years/100 Works/$100 Dec 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024 First Friday Opening December 1, 6-8pm   Special Sale hours: December 15-17, 11- 4pm   Anniversary Party Event: Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 – 7:30pm   This special showing and sale event celebrates the season and the...

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Special Music night with Kjell Cronn & Pance Zaev, September 1

Join us for a free special musical-night with Kjell Cronn and Pance Zaev.  Enjoy light snacks and beverages.  Cronn is a local singer-songwriter-artist with a nomadic history and wistful romanticism to his songwriting storytelling.  Zaev is a local musician who is an accomplished reed player with a polished style, from...

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Check out the Sales listings!

Visit for the online Sales of select prints, artist books and Handmade at Constellation Studios items.   Find special works for gifts, enhance your art collection, support makers!   Updates and new items are added regularly.   Also visit  for handblown glass vessels and paperweights in the online store.

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Constellation Collaboration with UNL Students: Monoprint & Collage Printstallation

April 1 – April 26, 2022 April 1 First Friday Reception 6:00 – 8:00 This exhibition presents the workshop investigations of invited UNL art students to engage with monoprinting and “gum transfer” techniques for a three-day intensive experience to create a variety of images and materials for a collaborative installation...

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Shop Handmade at Constellation Studios

Visit the Constellation Studios sales page for unique and handmade items:  prints, hand-bound books, decorative boxes, printed t-shirts, natural botanical dyed silk scarves, handmade paper art. Perfect for gifting and collecting! For handblown glass vessels and paperweights, visit:

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“an accounting”

Artist in Residence Elizabeth Katt will be working at Constellation Studios this summer to continue her performance/action, “an accounting” begun in 2020.  By hand, she meticulously documents each death due to coronavirus in the United States – one tally for each life lost, according to data from Worldometer and Columbia...

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Mural Update & Refresh

Flaming Tree on the mural

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Nine Nebraskans Public Art Installation

Nine artists from the region were invited to design and carve their own large woodblock for printing impressions at Constellation Studios, which took place in May with one-by-one printing sessions at the studio.   The 9 large 24” x 36” black and white prints will make a composite Artwork that will...

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Surface Impressions: International Print Show

June 5th – August 28th   2020 Juror:  Mark PascaleJanet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago co-organized by Constellation Studios and Lux Art Center • First Friday August 7, 5 – 8pm • Upcoming! Steamroller printing of Nine Nebraskans woodblocks, August 15, 1-4pm, Lux...

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Artist in Residence Aleksander Wozniak

Aleksander (Olek) was here through all of September 2019. Olek comes from Szczytno, Poland, and he is head of printmaking at the Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. While at Constellation Studios he was a guest at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School...

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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, and put all together in a hand-bound book, all in 2 1/2...

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