Burlington City Arts

Grand Isle State Park

image courtesy Vermont State Parks

Grand Isle, Vermont

Grand Isle State Park is located on South Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Island, also known as Grand Isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It contains the towns Grand Isle (on the northern half) and South Hero (on the southern half). The North and South Hero Islands are named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.

Grand Isle State Park was opened in 1959 when 54 acres of land was purchased from Birchcliff, a private summer resort. The original acquisition included a hotel-like building, cabins and a recreation hall. Today's Nature Center is the last remaining Birchcliff building. Three additional property acquisitions brought the park to its current 226-acre size. Park development during the 1960's was spurred by a successful effort to attract visitors to the area by providing quality camping opportunities.


Residency Schedule

Riki Moss will be working at the Nature Center at Grand Isle State Park from 10am – 2pm on Sundays and Mondays, July 12 through August 17.​

Artist in residence

Riki Moss
Grand Isle, VT


Riki Moss is a mixed-media sculptor interested in exploring the relationship between the human imagination and the environment. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Moss received her BA from the University of Chicago and MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. A ceramics and encaustics artist for more than 25 years, she’s worked with paper since 2006. Currently, Moss works primarily with studio-pulped abaca paper as a skin over mixed-media armatures. 

From July 12 - August 17, she will be working in the Nature Center at Grand Isle State Park on Sundays and Mondays. Using the lake as a backdrop and Moby Dick’s Ishmael as inspiration, Moss will use a variety of media to create “silent sentinels” looking out over the water. She will engage visitors to create (art supplies will be provided for children as well) and to discuss “how the imagination can engage with the natural world,” in formal and informal sessions. Those sculptures will be brought indoors for the final OLL exhibition in October, along with a filmed installation that Moss will complete at the park during the summer months.

Artist Statement: 

"I'm interested in exploring the idea of reciprocal perception: if we look deeply into the heart of our planet we feel its response. What one takes from this experience - guilt, joy, separation, heartbreak, glory, a sense of this marvelous, biodiverse planet - it is up to the viewer."