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

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 »

Poetry at Constellation

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… Read More »

Great Artists in Residence this fall!

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… Read More »

Artist in Residence Shubho Saha

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… Read More »

Art at Cedar Point video

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… Read More »

Treasures from the Flatfiles

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… Read More »

Happy Hour House Concert & Studio Tour

Join us Friday, August 28! 6 – 7:30 music featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and friends for acoustic “storytelling Americana” 7:30 – 8:00 artist Karen Kunc studio tour and “treasures from the flat files” Special VIP seating for… Read More »

Hand Papermaking Workshop Action Shots!

Thanks everyone for a great workshop!   We first made paper from cotton linters and Half-stuff, and t-shirts.   And then we processed kozo fibers, which we cooked, washed and beat by hand and in the beater.    Great experiments and… Read More »

Mass Migrations Print Action Shots!

Printing Mass Migrations was lively, with many hands helping Rachel Simmons create her installation.  Her album is at this link: And here are some great photos of artists, friends, family, some new to printmaking!      … Read More »

Exhibition views of Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia

Preserving and sharing viewpoints from Barbara Tetenbaum’s beautiful installation Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia.  Follow the layout, the  materiality and typographic play, the visualization that maps connections, all within this immersive presentation.   Here is the link to the… Read More »