STAR Collaboration

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STAR Collaboration at Eagle Hill

The STAR Collaboration (Students, Teachers, Artists-in-Residence) invites artists from visual, literary, musical, and performing arts genres to join Eagle Hill for a semester of focused art work, and to come together with our students and teachers to facilitate novel learning opportunities.

The STAR residency program is open to artists at any stage of their careers—emerging artists, well-established artists, art teachers, and artists returning to former careers in the arts. STAR artists are educators at heart, who want to work with students 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.

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Call to STAR Artists

Interested in becoming a STAR Artist?

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

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Current Resident STAR Artist

Our third and final STAR Artist of the year, Janelle Bighinatti, has arrived on our campus! Janelle comes to us from the Skagit Valley, north of Seattle, Washington. A legal assistant by day, she is a photographer, writer, jeweler, painter, and all-around creative. She focuses primarily on photojournalism and photo essays, and through her work, she tells stories that highlight creative ingenuity, unique communities and places, history brought to life, and the interconnectedness of the world throughout time and space.

Janelle is incredibly interested in bringing history to life. While in residence as a STAR Artist, Janelle plans to visit and photograph some of the numerous living history museums in the area, and to explore shooting photography on antique cameras that she has picked up on her travels. In addition, she is greatly looking forward to connecting with our students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines.

Janelle will be living and working in the Eagle Hill School community through the end of June, and we are so lucky to have her here! During her residency at EHS, she will be working with our visual arts classes, collaborating across disciplines, and pursuing her own artistic goals.


Janelle Bighinatti Studios


Janelle Bighinatti

Visual Arts

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Meet Our Former STAR Artists

Sarah Elliot

Visual Arts

About Sarah >>


Sam Hunter

Performing Arts

About Sam >>


Adis Halilovic

Multidisciplinary Arts

About Adis >>


David Walsh

Multidisciplinary Arts



Nico Bocalan (or skelehime)


About Nico >>


Ananda Bena-Weber

Interdisciplinary Arts

About Ananda >>


Jeremy Geragotelis

Jeremy Geragotelis

“I came to Eagle Hill as a young playwright who had more or less given up on their creative practice. The greatest gift that the STAR residency supplied was time and space. Over the two years I spent around the Eagle Hill community, I revitalized my practice as a theater-maker and playwright and developed work that challenged standardized conceptions of what theater must be.”—Jeremy Geragotelis, playwright

Suzanne Alward

Suzanne Alward

“My experience at Eagle Hill as a STAR resident was exceptional. I was allowed to lead by example with my artistic practice and welcomed students into my studio space for private lessons or group workshops. The exposure to new disciplines and perspectives enabled me to grow both personally and professionally.”Suzanne Alward, Visual artist and Sculpturer

Veronica Fish

Veronica Fish

“The residency was a fantastic experience, both professionally and personally. I look back on pages 8 and 9 of Frankenstein, and can’t believe just a few months later I’m already working on pages 90 and 91. Impossible without the STAR program!”—Veronica Fish, Graphic Novel Author and Illustrator, Frankenstein 1921


Behind the Scenes: Taylor Judge

Eagle Hill School 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.