Art at Cedar Point Biological Station

Art at Cedar Point Biological Station

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Program Overview

Learn in a unique, natural setting while fostering collaboration between artists and scientists. The summer art session at UNL’s Cedar Point Biological Station provides concentrated time for creative research in an expansive, exotic, yet local location.

Situated near Ogallala, Nebraska, the UNL Cedar Point Biological Station has housing, dining facilities, a library, classrooms, research labs, WiFi, over 900 acres of UNL owned prairie, redcedar filled canyons, and a friendly inviting atmosphere.

Summer 2016 is the third year of the Art at Cedar Point program. The program has 2 components, an undergraduate studio art course, and an artist in residence program for arts/creative writing faculty at Nebraska universities and colleges, and current Nebraska MFA students.

For additional information about Cedar Point Biological Station, visit

Summer 2016 Programs

ARTP183  Art at Cedar Point

Topic: Drawing from Nature

  • (ACE 7) 3 credit hours
  • June 6-17, 2015 (arrive on Sunday, June 6, depart on Saturday, June 18)
  • Instructor: Prof. Santiago Cal
  • Applications are available in Richards Hall 120 or by contacting Karen Kunc at
  • Registration: $460 non-refundable deposit locks in your spot. Once you have paid the deposit and submitted your application, a permission code will be given for registration in March 2016. Applications and deposits will be accepted beginning in November 2015.
Course Description

“Drawing from Nature” contains two art-making practices: first, elements from nature will be used to create works of art outside in the surroundings from gathered ephemeral materials and actions; second, these temporary works will be documented using digital cameras and used as reference and inspiration for large-scale drawings. Drawing becomes a way to awaken observation and awareness on the diversity of the natural world, environmental issues, on multi-levels of perception beyond academic “realism”.

The practice of using the environment as art materials has occurred for thousands of years (The Lascaux Caves, c.15000 BC; Stonehenge, 3000BC- 2000BC; the Nazca lines in Peru, 500 BC to 500 AD) and is still being practiced by contemporary artists in the “environmental art” movement. Students join in with directed themes on the Predator and Prey, Serpents as Symbol, and Perspective of a Box Turtle. The approach is to compliment and encourage interaction and opportunities between the art and science students. Through research, sketching, discussion, and collaboration students enter the natural environment to create works of art and then concentrate with large-scale drawings to interpret and explore with contemporary meaning and application. All artworks must be non-detrimental to the environment and biodegradable.

Costs: R&B ($460 deposit) + tuition + special fee ($50), plus additional miscellaneous materials as specified by the instructor.

Contact: Karen Kunc
Cather Professor of Art
UNL Dept of Art & Art History

About the instructor:

Santiago Cal was born in Belize, Central America. He has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. He has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (U.S.), Gruber-Jez Foundation (Mexico), and Poustinia Land Art Park (Belize). He received his B.F.A. in art from Kutztown University in 1995 and M.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998. He is currently living and working in Lincoln, Nebraska where he is Associate Professor in sculpture at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Artist in Residence Program
July 10-16 (1 week)
July 10-23 (2 weeks)

Eligibility: Arts/creative writing faculty at Nebraska colleges and universities, K-12 art teachers in Nebraska public and private schools, and current students in UNL's MFA program are eligible for the Artist in Residence Program at Cedar Point Biological Station.

  • Deadline: March 20, 2015
  • Fee: $315 per person per week (funding grants may be awarded)

Contact: Karen Kunc
Cather Professor of Art
UNL Dept of Art & Art History