The relationship between human beings and the environment is the defining issue of our time and while we recognize there are other reasons for making art, we have decided to devote our organization to support artists who are interested in engaging this issue with power, resourcefulness and imagination.
Through our residencies, A Studio in the Woods looks to facilitate a meaningful relationship between our artists and the community. The people, environment, and culture of Southeastern Louisiana influence our residents, and in turn our artists and their work have a significant impact on the region. In advance of their arrival, staff assesses each artist’s needs and begins to build relationships with the community resources and collaborators that will be crucial in the evolution of their projects.
Residencies are open to artists of all disciplines including visual, musician/composing, performance, literary, new media, and interdisciplinary. Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply, but students are not eligible. A rigorous work ethic, dedication to public engagement and demonstrated ability to work with colleagues and wider audiences are expected. The residency season is from September to May, with the call for applications announced each January.
A Studio in the Woods is located at the nexus of the City of New Orleans, a larger 5,000-acre bottomland hardwood forest, the Mississippi River’s lower reaches, the Gulf of Mexico, and the largest swath of alluvial wetlands in North America. Each of these systems has undergone profound changes over the past several decades, creating a dynamic context for artists.