Classes - Art at Cedar Point 2018

Making Your Mark: The Figure in Nature,  from Prehistory to today

June 4 – 15, 2018

University of Nebraska Cedar Point Biological Station, Ogallala, NE

Cueva de las Manos, 7300 BC

Undergraduate course: ARTP 383 3 Credits (ACE 7)

Graduate & Professional course: ARTP 896 3 credits

Field School amenities: comfortable housing, dining facilities, 900+ acres of UNL owned prairie and red cedar canyons, library and classroom spaces, research labs, WiFi, friendly, inviting atmosphere

Making Your Mark: The Figure in Nature, from Prehistory to Today is an upper-level studio art course open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students, as well as K-12 teachers. Students will earn 3 credits in an intensive, two-week field course taught at Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska. Professor Santiago Cal will teach techniques, materials, and concepts to explore nature through artistic expression. 

This mixed media course will explore artistic depictions of the figure in and on nature. Students will use a variety of processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and performance, to create works of art within this particular subject. Each student will be assisted in developing a series of works using the Cedar Point Biological Station as the source environment. To enable new ways of approaching the topic, a lecture series examining how artists have interpreted this subject will be embedded in the course.

image of mushroom-shaped cloud

Cai Quo-Qiang, The Century with Mushroom Clouds, 1996

 Instructor Santiago Cal 



MFA 1998 Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA 1995 Kutztown State University

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).


For K-12 Teachers: UNL summer courses offer teachers an opportunity to reconnect to their own artistic processes, learn about new processes/techniques, and pursue professional development that enables salary advancement within their district’s pay scale.

Tuition and Fees

Total costs of the program include field station housing, three meals per day, UNL tuition, and a $50 materials fee. *Field course designation saves students money through reduced facilities fees. 

          Undergraduate:      Room & Board $490/2 weeks + Tuition $712.50 + $50 materials fee

          Graduate:                 Room & Board $490/2 weeks + Tuition $939.75 + $50 materials fee

Course enrollment opens November 2017. A Room & Board deposit of $500 reserves your place. It must be paid in full and is non-refundable. Participants will receive a permission code for online course registration in spring 2017.  

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For more information, contact Program Coordinator Hannah Demma at