Billingsley obtained a BFA in Photography at the University of Delaware in 1967 and a Master's degree in Psycho-communications at Goddard College in Vermont in 1974.
Billingsley was the editor of the artists' magazine Common Image. Former founder, director, curator and magazine editor of the Image Co-op in Montpelier, Vermont, he also taught for five years at the Community College of Vermont.
He is a member of the Vermont Independent Film and Video Producers Guild and has been the recipient of several awards: one Publication Grant and one Individual Artist Assistance Grant by the Vermont Council on the Arts (1979, 1976) and two Project Assistance grants by the Polaroid Foundation (1978, 1977).
In addition to Common Image, Billingsley has published several tabloids, including Image Co-op Newsletter, The International Free City Visionary and Heterodoxical Voice.
The artist stated: “My work is in the form of projects. Generally I am not concerned with image content. I use photographic images in groups, grids or juxtapositions to create a larger work, which may also incorporate videotape, audio, performance, sculpture."