Whale & Star is the studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya, which supports his practice and furthers his engagement with the community through its internationally recognized imprint and educational efforts. It includes work areas, rooms of the collection, library, archive, offices, apartment and courtyard. Selections from the Martínez Celaya Family Collection are on view, which along with the archive and library, provide a framework for our visitors and become a resource for those interested in exploring art’s relationship to literature, philosophy, science and ethics. For general information please contact info@whaleandstar.com.

The main purposes of Whale & Star in its role as the studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya are the maintenance of his workrooms, the collection he has kept of his work, and the library. Towards this aim, the studio borrows from monasteries and from scientific laboratories to create an environment inviting of contemplation and risk. Learn more about Enrique Martínez Celaya and his work at martinezcelaya.com.

An important aspect of the studio’s involvement with the community is Whale & Star Press, our internationally recognized imprint, that publishes books in art, poetry, art practice and critical theory through five different series: Artists and Writers, Working Book, Monographs, Whale, and Editions. Our books and limited editions are found in bookstores, libraries, schools, universities, and museums throughout the world and are distributed nationally and internationally by the University of Nebraska Press. To learn more visit whaleandstarpress.com.

Recognizing that his limited production often restricts the access curators, museums, and rare book collections, have to Martínez Celaya’s work, Whale & Star works with institutions worldwide to facilitate their efforts. We do not offer funding or gift works of art, however, we do provide educational support, including access to our archives, and, in collaboration with galleries, strive to ensure collecting institutions have access to the work. Requests for assistance should be addressed to Daniel A. Siedell,  siedell@whaleandstar.com.

Motivated by Enrique Martínez Celaya’s belief in the privilege of teaching, we offer opportunities to study at Whale & Star, art programs for poor and at-risk children, public lectures, and scholarships.

Study at Whale & Star
Whale & Star offers highly selective internships, apprenticeships, and residencies. A two bedroom furnished apartment on site is available to those studying at Whale & Star. For additional information write to info@whaleandstar.com.

The Summer Program
The Summer Program, which is affiliated with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, offers emerging to mid-career artists a unique opportunity to be immersed in an intense week of critiques and discussions within the rigorous framework of Whale & Star. To learn more about The Summer Program visit thesummerprogram.ws.

The Lecture Project
Whale & Star brings prominent writers, art historians, artists, and philosophers to present a public lecture for our community. To learn more about The Lecture Project visit thelectureproject.com.

Art for Children
Several times a year we invite children, with emphasis on those who are poor or at-risk, to participate in an activity we design for them. In the past, we have also provided space and resources for organizations working with children and the arts.

The studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya provides two need-based grants for artists who otherwise could not attend The Summer Program. In addition, we offer a scholarship to a student from the University of California, Santa Barbara to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and one grant to a University of Nebraska student to attend a workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Bruce Ellis Benson. Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College and Visiting Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Martin Brest. Film director, screenwriter and producer
Roald Hoffmann. Chemist (Nobel Prize, 1981), poet, essayist and Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University
James B. Milliken. President of the University of Nebraska
Klaus Ottmann. Independent curator, writer and editor
Mary Rakow. Novelist

A Friend from Munich
Alchemy Foundation
Martin Brest
Mary Conover
Mark Hasencamp
Kent and Vicki Logan
Alexei Lossky
Katherine Priestley
Dieter Rosenkranz
Anonymous donors