STAR (Students, Teachers, Artists in Residence), an artists residency program at Eagle Hill School in rural Hardwick, Massachusetts, is currently seeking two artists for a three-month residency titled “Behind the Screen.” The residency will begin February, 2013. The program is housed at Eagle Hill’s state-of-the-art Cultural Center, a regional venue for the visual and performing arts. STAR brings to our campus distinguished artists of all disciplines who are educators-at-heart, to work on their own creative projects while collaborating with students and teachers on cross-disciplinary learning adventures.
“Behind the Screen,” is a residency for Printmakers with expertise in seriography. Exploring the possibilities of mass producing a piece of art with the distinctive visual style of the seriograph is a precise process. To complete an original and professional set of screen prints, one’s creativity needs to be supported by competent technological skills. For this residency, STAR seeks two printmakers who are interested in sharing with our students their enthusiasm for screen printing and their expertise with the process. Working with our Graphic Arts teacher, the accepted residents will mentor a small group of students wishing to learn more about seriography. An integral component of the mentoring experience for the students will be engaging with the artists by working alongside them in the artists’ personal studios which are adjacent to the art room and in the printing studio which is located in the Graphic Arts room.
The two selected artists will have 24/7 access to1000’ of studio space, the use of computers with Adobe Design Premium CS3, a state-of-the-art networked color copier, and professional quality screen printing, relief printing, and etching equipment, including a lovely 125 year old platen printing press. We provide modest housing in a charming off-campus B&B, three excellent meals daily, a monthly stipend of $500, some materials, and ample time to work on independent projects. A schedule for each STAR resident is arranged to best fit the design of the program and the artists’ needs. We also provide opportunities to develop teaching skills through professional development relationships with mentor teachers.
The professional opportunities of a STAR residency can be significant: artists can not only surge ahead with creative work they’ve wanted to accomplish, but also move into the next phase of their career with strong educational experience and credentials.
Please consider becoming a STAR artist and participating in our “Behind the Screen” residency. Contact Pat Bock, STAR Coordinator, for application materials.