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About Leslie A. Starobin

Leslie Starobin is a Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University in MA, where she specializes in photography, visual communications and the history of photography. In 2011, she was appointed to the Academic Advisory Board at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Starobin received an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in CA and a B. A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
In addition to her academic position, Starobin is a montage artist and a photographer. For the last decade, Starobin has worked on “The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage,” a photomontage and oral history project on the Jewish Diaspora. Notable past photographic series include “Dancers’ Feet,” “The Dead Sea: Mirror of Time,” “Shadows Across the Promised Land” and the “Swimmers’ Series.”
Starobin’s work is in the permanent collection of many academic museums, including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Smith College Museum of Art. Her work is also in the collection of numerous public museums in America, including the Jewish Museum and MOMA in NY and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. Starobin has had solo exhibitions at the the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA, Duke University Museum of Art in Durham, NC, the Holocaust Museum Houston in TX, the National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Oregon Jewish Museum.
In 2010, the Yad Vashem Museum in Israel selected Starobin’s photomontages for inclusion in their upcoming, international database of artists, who have explored the Holocaust in their artwork. In 2012-13, Starobin had a solo exhibition of this work at the Holocaust Museum Houston; an enhanced e-book written and illustrated by Starobin accompanies this show, Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery. What makes these still-life montages distinct is that these artworks are composed from the personal belongings salvaged by families in flight, as fascism swept the world. For this project, as well as others, Starobin has traveled extensively. She has photographed in Belarus, Israel, Japan, Russia and Western Europe.
Starobin’s early montage work has been featured in Pakn Tragen Magazine published by the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Her photographic work has been included in numerous publications, including American Photographer, Business Week, Dance Magazine and Photo Art Magazine in Hong Kong. Starobin’s feature story, “The Ancient Healer” with photographs of bathers
at the Dead Sea was published in The Boston Globe Travel Magazine in 1994.

Starobin is the recipient of numerous grants, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation of the Arts/Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Starobin received two grants from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University for “The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage.” Framingham State University provided support for this series with grants from its Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service and a Whitney Travel Fellowship from the FSU Independent Alumni Association.


Present Professor, Framingham State University

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  • COMM130 Introduction to Visual Communications
  • COMM208 Basic Photography
  • COMM210 History of Photography
  • COMM315 Color Slide Imagery

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Office: WL C210
Office Telephone: (508)626-4846