Past Artists in Residence

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Artwork by Heather Heckel

View a photo gallery of the artwork created by Heather Heckel during her 2023 Artist Residency.

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Amy Hook-Therrien

Amy Hook-Therrien

Amy Hook-Therrien (2022-2023)

Amy Hook-Therrien, a visual artist with a specialization in watercolor. Amy grew up in Chelsea, Vermont, where she formed deep connections with the forests surrounding her. She went on to study art at the University of Maine in Orono, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, focusing in painting. After graduating, Amy returned to rural Vermont to immerse herself in nature and painting. She has since been featured in multiple publications and her work displayed in galleries throughout the state. In 2019, Hook-Therrien was awarded the Abenaki Artists Association’s Artist of the Year Award.

Amy primarily works in watercolor and chooses the natural world as her subject. With her landscapes, she aims to portray the tranquility and fragility found in nature. At Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park she will be exploring art inspired by the plants and animals who call this place home and working on an alphabet series inspired by the natural world and her Abenaki heritage. A portfolio of her art can be viewed at Amy Hook-Therrien.
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Dale Broholm

Dale Broholm

Dale Broholm (2023)

Dale Broholm is a Studio Furniture Maker, with a practice spanning over 40 years. His work can be found in Public and Private Collections across the United States. For the past 24 years he has taught in the Department of Furniture Design, at the Rhode Island School of Design as a Senior Critic. Recently retired from teaching as a Distinguished Critic, his focus turns back to his own work. As a cofounder of the Witness Tree Project, a collaboration between the National Park Service and Rhode Island School of Design, historical research as a design tool factors heavily in his creative process. The two week residency at MABI will be focused on generating a start to a new body of work through a 3 dimensional ideation process.

Dale's work can be found at
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Heather Heckel

Heather Heckel

Heather Heckel (2023)

Dr. Heather Heckel, EdD is an artist and art educator living in New York City. Her award-winning artwork has been shown internationally, is in several national permanent collections, and is featured regularly in the local Park Slope Reader. She is a lifelong learner who loves to travel, and has been awarded 17 artist residencies through the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. She is finishing her tenth year of teaching public school art, and has taught at the college, high school, and middle school levels. She earned her BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design, her MAT in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts, and her MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Most recently she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands, where her research investigated the relationships between creativity, art education, and leadership. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators, National Art Education Association, and the New York State Art Teachers Association.

You can view her portfolio and learn more at
Instagram: @HeatherHeckelArt

To view Heather's Artist-in-Residence Talk about her work at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, along with her other 16 residencies, click here.

Margaret Dwyer on Mount Tom
Margaret Dwyer, 2021 Artist in Residence

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Margaret Dwyer (2019-2021)

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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, in partnership ArtisTree Community Arts Center, welcomes the return of Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Margaret Dwyer. Dwyer is a multi-media artist with a specialization in watercolor.

Her first residency at the park was in 2019 and the park was fortunate to have her return in 2020 and 2021 to carry on the AIR program through the pandemic. Dwyer’s current residency will run through October and will feature open houses at the park’s artist studio, as well as workshops for children and adults. In the workshops, she will incorporate elements of the forest and encourage visitors to create a hybrid version of where they sit, what they see, even what they feel, finding deeper elements of the material from which their art is created. Dwyer's creativity emerges through the process of taking artistic risks. If what she is creating is too comfortable, she is not interested. If it is out of her comfort zone, that’s happily where she lands. It is what makes her face light up. This approach to creativity keeps Dwyer pushing the limits of her mind and craft - even decades into a long career as professional educator and artist. With a sense of fun at “what could be” and “what lies beneath” she will pull a string through paint or see what happens with a new technique when found leaves and ferns are washed with color, literally playing her works into being.

Jessica Creane
Photo Credit: John C. Hawthorne

Jessica Creane (2018)

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
Joan Hoffman Landscape painting
Landscape Painting by Joan Hoffmann


Joan Hoffmann (2016)

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.

Lyal Michel drawings & paintings
Lyal Michel drawings & paintings

Lyal Michel

Lyal Michel (2015)

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:

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.

Alastair Noble photo & art

Alastair Noble (2013-2014)

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."

Andrea Polli
Andrea Polli
2012 Artist in Residence

Andrea Polli (2012)

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.

Wendy Call MABI Artist in Residence 2011
Wendy Call
2011 Artist in Residence

Wendy Call (2011)

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.

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Ethan Jackson optical installation

Ethan Jackson

Ethan Jackson (2010)

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".

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Susan Metzger painting

Susan Meztger

Susan Metzger (2009)

2009 Artist in Residence was Susan Metzger, trained in painting, landscape architecture, and architectural drawing and is from Washington, Maine.

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Barbara Bosworth photographs

Barbara Bosworth

Barbara Bosworth (2008)

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

Elizabeth Billings (2007)

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

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Last updated: November 8, 2023

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