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

ARTP383  Art at Cedar Point

Topic: Photography-Responding to Landscape
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  • (ACE 7) 3 credit hours
  • June 26-July 9, 2016 (arrive on Sunday, June 26, depart on Saturday, July 9)
  • Instructor: Amanda Breitbach
  • 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

In "Photography: Responding to Landscape," photography will be studied as a practice to facilitate visual observation of landscape, light, and color. Students will learn first to observe carefully, then to make photographs that recognize and record the diversity of plant and animal life, the passage of time, and the changing light from sunrise to sunset.

Artists have long been interested in landscape and environment. Students will consider how art can relate to the natural world through their own practice and through the study of artists, including photographers, whose work has addressed issues of environmental sustainability, ecology, and diversity.

Emphasis is on observation, perception, and awareness on multiple levels. The course will give students freedom to imaginatively explore the environment around Cedar Point, to develop questions and ideas, and to interact with scientists and science students at the lab. The field-school environment will allow students to focus fully on developing an art practice responsive to place and to challenge themselves by creating work that expresses complex ideas.

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

Contact: Christy Aggens
School of Art, Art History & Design
120 Richards Hall

About the instructor:

Amanda Breitbach was raised on a family farm and ranch in eastern Montana. Her multi-media work is deeply embedded in the western landscape and questions the ethics of land use. Prior to attending graduate school, she was a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in West Africa and worked as a photographer/reporter for numerous newspapers and magazines. She is a graduate fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies and was awarded the Joy of Giving Something Foundation fellowship in 2014 through Imagining America. Her work has been exhibited at the Hite Art Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, at the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery in Lawrence, the Clarridge Gallery in Bellevue, Washington, and the Emerson Cultural Center and Lightwriter Gallery in Bozeman, Montana, as well as at the Great Plains Art Museum, the Eisentrager-Howard and Prescott Galleries in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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, 2016
  • Fee: $315 per person per week (funding grants may be awarded)

Contact: Karen Kunc
Cather Professor of Art
UNL School of Art, Art History & Design