STAR Collaboration

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STAR Collaboration at Eagle Hill

The STAR Collaboration (Students, Teachers, Artists-in-Residence) at Eagle Hill advances artistic approaches to education by connecting diverse learners to accomplished artists who live, learn, and create new work on campus.

The STAR Collaboration invites artists of all disciplines to come away for a semester of focused art work, and to come together with our students and teachers to facilitate learning.

STAR residents can be at any stage of their careers — emerging and well-established artists, art teachers, and those returning to former careers in the arts. STAR artists are educators-at-heart, who want to work with young people while expanding the definition of what being an educator means; who are interested in novel, interdisciplinary educational approaches; and who thrive on collaboration with others.

We provide STAR artists with studio facilities, room and board, a monthly stipend and a materials budget, dedicated, distraction-free time to make art, and opportunities to develop teaching skills through professional relationships with mentor teachers. We work with each artist to find a healthy balance of creative sanctuary and community engagement.

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Call to Artists

Interested in becoming a STAR Artist?

Applications for 2023-2024 will be accepted through June 16, 2023. Submit a resume/CV, an artist statement, and work samples to apply!

Contact Molly Romaker, STAR Coordinator, with questions or for more details.

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Current Resident STAR Artist

LJ Cohen

LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, fiber artist, potter, and relentless optimist. After nearly 25 years as a physical therapist, LJ now uses her knowledge and skills to injure characters in her science fiction and fantasy novels. Her most recent book, A STAR IN THE VOID (book 5 of the Halcyone Space series), is her eighth novel. DERELICT, the first book in the series, was named a Library Journal self-e select title and book of the year in 2014. LJ is active in SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe and lives on a homestead farm in Central Massachusetts with her spouse and two dogs.

LJ Cohen

Language Arts

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Meet Our Former STAR Artists

John Collins


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Janelle Bighinatti

Film Photography

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Sarah Elliott

Visual Arts

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Behind the Scenes: Taylor Judge ’07

EHS alumna Taylor Judge ’07 gives a personal look into the STAR Collaboration and the Eagle Hill arts experience, as she reflects on her return to Eagle Hill as a STAR artist.