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 2015 is the second 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.

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Summer 2015 Programs

ARTP183  Art at Cedar Point
Topic: Eco-Printing into Bookmaking (ACE 7)
June 8-19, 2015
Instructor: Cather Professor of Art, Karen Kunc

“Eco-Printing into Bookmaking,” the topic of this year's Art at Cedar Point (ARTP 183), is a creative and immersive two- week field school art experience. You will learn printing processes on site and experiment with “eco” techniques using natural materials, such as ink, rust, stains, weathering actions, stencils, over printed layers, that all reference nature for an interpretation of resources and specimens. Through these printing processes a variety of information pages will be made that are the content of handmade books, that serve to record actions and phenomenon, a history of encounters, to develop a “sense of place”.

Emphasis is on visual observation and a collaborative studio atmosphere that contributes to awareness on the diversity of the natural world, environmental issues, on perception on multiple levels. Our bookmaking structures will set page order, record time and information for finished objects.

This course allows for imaginative minds to pursue questions and solutions through observation, invention, conversation, personal growth, sharing, and the visual development of ideas. Our studio experiences will parallel and complement the work of the scientists at CPBS. This creative field school course is designed to create a comfortable yet challenging atmosphere for the exploration of art media and expression with contemporary meaning and applications.

Enrollment deposits will be accepted beginning November 2014. The $460 deposit is non-refundable, covers the cost of room and board, and locks in your spot in the course. If you live locally in or near Ogallala, and do not need housing, then the enrollment deposit is $245. UNL Summer enrollment begins March 9, 2015

Costs: R&B ($460 deposit) + tuition + special fee ($50)

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

About the instructor:

Karen Kunc is an award winning artist and teacher. Her recognitions include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private, public and university collections. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’.
Artist in Residence Program
July 5-19 (2 weeks)
July 5-12 (1 week)

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: $230 per person per week (funding grants may be awarded)

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