Artist in Residence
Artist-in-Residence applications for the 2022 season will be accepted in the fall of 2021. The application process involves a selection process partnership between the National Park Service and ArtisTree. Please return to this page for more information on how to apply in Fall 2021
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.
The park provides this studio space for the current artist in residence to work in (and the artist arranges for their own local accommodations.) For more information on the Artist in Residence program at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP please contact Kelly Sczomak.
2019 - 2021 Artist in Residence, Margaret Dwyer earned her Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her thesis work involved researching, writing, and creating art based on psychological themes such as trauma, dreams, and the unconscious. She is also deeply connected to the New England landscape through her art. Margaret works in several 2-D and 3-D mediums (though watercolor is her favorite).
One of her watercolors was recently honored as a finalist from a field of over 7000 entries in “The Artist’s Magazine” international competition.
This year, Margaret has been chosen to be the Artist in Residence at the Marsh-Billings-Farm National Historic Park in Woodstock, VT.
Her work has been recognized in numerous juried national and international exhibitions and has been published in fine art books and magazines that include:
Splash, America’s Best Watercolors (North Light Books) How Did You Paint That? (International Artist Books) American Artist Magazine The Artist’s Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine
Manhattan Arts Magazine
Margaret is also a mural artist, having created dozens of murals both public and private throughout New England. She currently teaches fine art at “AVA Gallery and Art Center” in Lebanon, NH, and “Artistree” in S. Pomfret, VT. She is thrilled to have a spacious private studio at AVA to work in and exhibit her artwork. Visit her website.
“I love being a studio artist, but I also have a real passion for teaching. It inspires me to connect with other creative people and lifelong learners. Ideas and artistic methods are constantly in motion in my studio practice and it is a joy to share that with others through teaching”.
2018 Artist in Residence - Jessica Creane
Jessica Creane is a digital and tabletop game designer and performance artist based in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked on Broadway, in National Parks, at sidewalk festivals, in the digital abyss, and she is the founder of IKantKoan Games. She makes playful, philosophical games and performances that invite participants to playfully reimagine the limits of human agency through interactive and immersive experiences. More can be found at www.jessicacreane.com.
2016 Artist in Residence - Joan Hoffmann
2016 Artist in Residence, Joan Hoffmann dedicated her time over the summer to helping the National Park Service celebrate its Centennial. Co-sponsored by ArtisTree Community Arts Center, Ms. Hoffmann offered painting demonstrations, en plein air painting workshops, and a public lecture all on-site at various scenic locations around the park.
Read the Artistree blog posting about Joan Hoffmann's work and Artistree exhibit.
2015 Artist in Residence - Lyal Michel
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.
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.
2013/2014 Artist in Residence - Alastair Noble
Environmental artist and printmaker, Alastair Noble, returned to the park to in 2014 to complete the installation of his forest-inspired poetry log sculptures and ink-washed drawings begun in 2013.
Link to this Valley News article by Nicola Smith, "Art Notes: Words for Woodland; Alastair Noble's Art Rises from the Soil."
2012 Artist in Residence - Andrea Polli
Andrea Polli, 2012 Artist in Residence, 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 used her time at the park in 2012 to work with sound and other environmental data.
2011 Artist in Residence - Wendy Call
2011 Artist in Residence, nonfiction writer was Wendy Call. 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 presented 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 was at the park three to four days every week. She offered several writing workshops as well as other ways for park visitors to engage with the world of words.
2010 Artist in Residence - Ethan Jackson
2010 Artist in Residence was 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".
2009 Artist in Residence - Susan Metzger
2009 Artist in Residence was Susan Metzger, trained in painting, landscape architecture, and architectural drawing and is from Washington, Maine.