Artist in Residence Program

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Of Land and Local Art Exhibition at Shelburne Farms Oct 1-18

During the 2015 season, the park collaborated with Of Land &Local, an annual multidisciplinary, state-wide exhibition organized by Burlington City Arts (BCA) and designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding the Vermont landscape. Of Land &Local 2015 focuses on supporting artists to make and exhibit new work through unique residency opportunities.

Of Land & Local will host an exhibition of works generated by artists in Vermont parks this summer at Shelburne Farms. The exhibition opens Oct. 1 and will run through Oct. 18, 2015. If you missed visiting Lyal Michel, our wonderful artist in residence at work in the Pond Shed Studio this summer, you can see his work, inspired by and created in the park at this exhibition.
Painting by Lyal Michel

Lyal Michel painting

Lyal Michel

Lyal Michel
Artist in Residence

August 14 - September 15, 2015

Lyal Michel is a painter currently living and working in Tunbridge, Vermont. Lyal earned a BA in painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. Since relocating to Vermont in 2012, Lyal has developed a body of work that represents a contemporary approach to regionalism, which he has exhibited in the Upper Valley. Inspired by local characters and the natural environment, Lyal creates narrative images of rural life. Combining naturalism with fantasy and humor, Lyal both celebrates and subverts the tradition of representational romanticism in regional art.

While participating in Of Land & Local as a resident artist at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, Lyal explored the theme of the figure in a landscape, drawing inspiration from the surrounding woods as well as the Park's collection of Hudson River School paintings.

You can see some of Lyal's work here:

Alastair Noble photo & art

2013/2014 Artist in Residence - Alastair Noble

Environmental artist and printmaker, Alastair Noble, returned to the park to complete the installation of his forest-inspired poetry log sculptures and ink-washed drawings begun last year.

Link to this Valley News article by Nicola Smith, "Art Notes: Words for Woodland; Alastair Noble's Art Rises from the Soil."

Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli
2012 Artist in Residence

2012 Artist in Residence - Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli is a digital media artist whose work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally, has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including a NYFA Artist's Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award and the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She has published several book chapters, audio CDs, DVDs and papers in print including MIT Press and Cambridge University Press journals.

She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound (called sonification). Polli is also an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing. Polli will use her time at the park this summer to work with sound and other environmental data.

Wendy Call MABI Artist in Residence 2011

Wendy Call
2011 Artist in Residence

2011 Artist in Residence - Wendy Call

This year, nonfiction writer Wendy Call will be the Artist in residence at the park, from July 26 to September 24, 2011, thanks to support from the K2 Foundation. Wendy has become something of an itinerant writer in residence, holding that position in 2011 at Cornell College of Iowa, and has also been writer in residence at a dozen other institutions. She will present her writing in public readings several times during the summer, including Saturday, July 30 at Bookstock: A Green Mountain Festival of Words and also on Saturday, September 24 at the Park Forest Festival weekend. During her two months Wendy will be at the park three to four days every week. She will offer several writing workshops as well as other ways for park visitors to engage with the world of words.

Ethan Jackson image

Ethan Jackson optical installation

Ethan Jackson

2010 Artist in Residence - Ethan Jackson

This year's artist is Ethan Jackson, a visual artist working in photographic media and optical installation from Portland, Oregon. Through his work, Ethan explores aspects of landscape representation and the notion of "place".

Susan Metzger image

Susan Metzger painting

Susan Meztger

2009 Artist in Residence - Susan Metzger

Susan Metzger is trained in painting, landscape architecture, and architectural drawing and is from Washington, Maine.

08-405 Vista, Prosper Valley, MBR [3 pan]

Barbara Bosworth photographs

Barbara Bosworth

2008 Artist in Residence - Barbara Bosworth

Link to this Smithsonian Institution exhibition
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art featuring some of Barbara Bosworth's photographs.

Elizabeth Billings Weaving

Elizabeth Billings weaving

2007 Artist in Residence - Elizabeth Billings

Link to this Smithsonian Institute - Arts in Conservation Education feature on Elizabeth Billings.

Horse Shed Studio

Horse Shed, Artist in Residence Studio

NPS Photo

Our Artist-in-Residence studio is located at the Horse Shed at the park, just above the Belvedere summer house in the Horse Shed Meadow. The Horse Shed, designed by Theodor Muller and built in 1961, was originally constructed to house Mary Rockefeller's horses. The artist studio, in the rehabilitated Rockefeller Horse Shed, is off the grid with a 230 watt solar photovoltaic system. The renovation of this building was designed by SAS Architects of Burlington, Vermont, the same firm who designed the Forest Center, the park's Platinum LEED certified classroom and meeting space.

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