Stephen Morrison, a 2009 graduate of Rockland District High School, has begun a prestigious residency at Yale University. A student at the Laguna College of Art & Design in Laguna Beach, Calif., Morrison will begin his senior year this fall in the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, N.Y.

As part of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Program at Yale, Morrison will spend six weeks taking courses in painting, printmaking, digital photography and drawing. He will attend workshops and seminars hosted by renowned artists and have 24-hour access to a private art studio at Yale. The program will culminate in a show of student work.

The residency is located on the Stoeckel estate and is supported by the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust. Through the generosity of this trust, the full expenses of tuition, room and board are covered by a fellowship grant to each student approved for admission. Selected colleges, universities and professional art schools across the country and abroad are invited to nominate for these fellowships two candidates who are currently enrolled as juniors in their programs.

Distinguished artists are on both the resident and the visiting faculty. The visiting faculty provide workshops, lectures and individual criticism.

The residency runs through June 29. Morrison will show his recent work in July and August at In Good Company in Rockland, and he also will be in the North Haven Gallery’s 75th anniversary art show.