Enrique Martínez Celaya created Whale & Star as an evolving idea of social and intellectual interaction. At present, it has an imprint, maintains a project of public lectures, hosts several working visits each year for poor and at-risk children, keeps a modest residency and intern program, and offers four small scholarships.


Whale & Star Press is our internationally recognized imprint that publishes books on 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


The Lecture Project

Whale & Star brings prominent writers, art historians, artists, and philosophers to present a public lecture for our community. To date the project, which is partly supported by a Knight Foundation Grant, has brought to the studio art historians Daniel A. Siedell, David Raskin, Karen Wilkin and Suzanne Hudson, curators Mary Schneider-Enriquez, Ivan Gaskell, Michael R. Taylor and Klaus Ottmann, and philosopher Bruce Ellis Benson. To learn more about The Lecture Project visit

Art for Children

Several times a year Whale & Star invites children, with emphasis on those who are poor or at-risk, to participate in an activity designed for them. In the past, Whale & Star has also provided space and resources for organizations working with children and the arts.

Study at Whale & Star

Whale & Star offers highly selective internships, apprenticeships, and residencies. For additional information write to


Whale & Star provides two need-based grants for artists who otherwise could not attend The Summer Program. In addition, Whale & Star offers 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.