Constellation Studios


Constellation Studios is a creative destination for artists in Lincoln, Nebraska. In a professional studio, we mentor and educate, and we explore and celebrate interconnections between traditional and innovative print, paper and bookmaking.

Constellation Studios is designed for relief and etching printmaking, letterpress, papermaking and bookmaking activities. Artists in Residence work independently and design their program with the assistance of the director. 1 to 4 weeks, self-funded, shared housing in onsite loft apartment.

$450 per week, including the on-site guest room accommodation, shared bath and kitchen, schedule permitting

$280 per week, without accommodation

Constellation Studios upholds quality, collaboration, mentoring for artists, value of handwork and process, artistic interpretation of images and content, technical exploration and innovation in print, paper, book arts. Constellation Studios will bring people together to experience art making, critical thinking, understanding of print traditions and in contemporary culture.

Constellation Studios is located in downtown Lincoln, in an intense area for new urban renewal, within blocks of UNL, art galleries and studios, museums, businesses and urban living and energy. The Union Plaza park is across the street, with bike paths, gardens, foundations, cafe, outdoor sculpture and amphitheater. Bike routes connect throughout the city and into downtown.

Constellation Studios is at 21st and O Street, with approximately 3125 sq feet ground floor, with a 3000 sq feet lower level. The ground floor houses a large open printmaking studio, and gallery the lower level houses the papermaking and bookmaking studio. A loft apartment space has the guest room, with shared bath and kitchen.

Criteria for an Artist Residency: Personable with communication skills, takes initiative, self-motivated, punctual, organized, adaptable, with a professional attitude. Has creative ideas and artistic goals, and can discuss art ideas. Art skills in printmaking, bookmaking, papermaking required and valued. Understands the significance of Constellation Studios and Director Karen Kunc, and keeps this vision and mission foremost.

If other, please specify?:

papermaking, bookmaking
Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation: Constellation Studios is the vision of artist Karen Kunc, a renowned artist, teacher and mentor, who has an established international reputation in woodcut printmaking and book arts, and is in demand as a teacher and workshop leader. Kunc provides the artistic expertise and intellectual presence for Constellation Studios, as director and manager, and a collaborator and leader of creative engagements.

Constellation Studios opened in 2014, in a newly renovated storefront building on the east edge of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Constellation Studios is equipped with printing presses and equipment designed for relief and etching printmaking, letterpress, papermaking and bookmaking activities, and mixed-use spaces.

Constellation Studios is a flexible and organized creative space for member artists, specialty workshops, public gallery with openings and educational events. Constellation Studios sponsors internships and residency programs holds gallery exhibitions and conducts art sales engages with audiences for workshops and collaborative activities.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Innovation Studios at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL School of Art
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $450 per week with accommodation. $280 per week without accommodation
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): not at this time
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Lincoln Municipal Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Lincoln, Nebraska
    How to reach by plane: Lincoln Municipal Airport, has connecting flights via Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta.Omaha Epply Airfield, has many connecting flights. 50 miles from Lincoln. Contact the Oma-Link shuttle service directly for reservation.
    How to reach by train: Amtrak to Lincoln, Nebraska. Station is downtown in the Haymarket area, 10 minutes by car from studio.
    How to reach by car: I-80 to Lincoln, Nebraska. Exit #403 (27th Street), go south on 27th, to ‘O’ Street, turn right. Go west on ‘O? Street to 21st, turn left on 21st street, into parking lot on east side of building by large mural. Located at 21st and ?O? Street, downtown Lincoln.
    Street & Number: 2055 ‘0’ Street
    Postal Code: 68510
    City: Lincoln
    Country long: United-States
    2055 '0' Street
    Lincoln 68510 NE United-States
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