I am very excited to start the 47th year of Castle Hill with so much to look forward to! Over two years ago, we purchased the beautiful Edgewood Farm and have spent significant time renovating, restoring, and improving the three historic buildings on the property. This past year, we offered housing to students for the first time and began an Artist Residency Program at Edgewood Farm. This was one of our major goals in purchasing the iconic property.

We have an incredible line-up of faculty joining us this year, including Judy Pfaff, Joan Snyder, Laylah Ali, Dan Welden, M P Landis, Deborah Dancy, Jeff Shapiro, Robert Pinsky, and hundreds of others! Our 2018 Woody English Distinguished Artist and Writers Chair is Mark Dion. Dion’s work undoubtedly changes the way you look at the world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention—and that, Mark certainly does. In addition to teaching a workshop, Dion will also present a lecture on the 7th of August.

Throughout this year, we will continue to bring the ‘Farm’ back to Edgewood Farm. We will be offering a community garden opportunity again for anyone who dreams of growing their own food and is searching for a plot. This spring, we will hold a variety of culinary workshops, from Italian to Indian cooking, to fermenting, coffee roasting, pie-making, and more! All of this will lead up to our first ever Food Symposium, featuring Ruth Reichl, “Doc” Willoughby, Francis Lam, Barry Estabrook, Michael Ruhlman, and Bill Sertl from June 9th-10th with a culminating Farm to Table Dinner (keep your eye out for this!). There is truly something for everyone.

We invite you to come and be part of the Castle Hill community in 2018. We welcome all, from 6 to 96 years old (and beyond!). We are diverse, we are professional, we are creative, and most of all, we are fun!

With warm regards, 


Cherie Mittenthal
Executive Artistic Director