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.

community news & happenings

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......

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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......

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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......

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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!......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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