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

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… Read More »

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:

“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… Read More »

Mural Update & Refresh

Flaming Tree on the mural

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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 »