Burlington City Arts

Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

Woodstock, VT

Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. The park preserves the site where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm. The Billings Farm & Museum is adjacent to the park and a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. 

A permanent Artist in Residence studio has been established at the park. The studio, in the rehabilitated Rockefeller Horse Shed, is off the grid with a vertically integrated 230 watt solar photovoltaic system. The project 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. Our partners, and the park's previous artists in residence were consulted in the design process to address the needs of current and future artists at the park. The Horse Shed, designed by Theodor Muller and built in 1961, was originally constructed to house Mary Rockefeller's horses.



Residency Schedule

Lyal Michel will be in residence at the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park from August 15th to September 15th.  Lyal’s painting studio will be based in the rehabilitated Rockefeller Horse Shed and he plans to paint plein air within the park grounds as well.  Lyal will set up an art related activity for the public at The Marsh Billings Community Day, taking place on August 22nd, 2015.​

Artist in residence

Lyal Michel
Tunbridge, VT

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 plans to continue to explore 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.