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Resident artists have a private porch and swing overlooking the pond.
Volunteers install Roy Staab's "CHAISE ILE" on Bayou Bienvenue.
Nina Nichols in the artist's studio crafting puppets from recycled Mardi Gras debris.
Eric Dallimore's biodegradable "Louisiana Pipeline" engineered to spill seeds and compost on the ground below.
Bernard Williams launching his sculpture "Ghost Trails" in the Mississippi River.

A Studio in the Woods

New Orleans and the region are frequently invoked as one of the areas most vulnerable to the effects of environmental change. Our highly manipulated landscape can be seen as a microcosm of the global environment, manifesting both the challenges and possibilities inherent in the ways humans interact with urban and natural ecosystems. With nearly half of the world’s population living within 40 miles of a coastline with rising seas, the concerns of Southern Louisiana resonate globally.

Adaptations Residencies invite artists to examine how climate driven adaptations - large and small, historic and contemporary, cultural and scientific - are shaping our future.

Adaptations Residencies will provide artists with time, space, scholarship and staff support to foster critical thinking and creation of new works. The call is open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and culturally related issues and a commitment to seeking and plumbing new depths. We ask artists to describe in detail how the region will affect their work, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.

Proposals are due April 16, 2018 and residencies will be awarded by May 25, 2018.

Click here for more information and to download the application: Adaptations Residencies


New Orleans, Louisiana: United States

A Studio in the Woods began as the homestead and studios of Joe and Lucianne Carmichael. For 30 years they created ceramics, wood and metal sculptures and furniture in their tranquil unspoiled forest just across the Mississippi River from the city of New Orleans. Motivated by a desire to preserve this endangered forest and its creative inspiration for artists, the Carmichaels frequently offered students, artists, educators and environmentalists opportunities to learn about the natural environment and its source of inspiration. From this activity grew more formal artists residencies and the need to support these residencies financially and institute them as a formal artists retreat.


  • Residency Length: 6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 5
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 100


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: April 16
  • Additional deadline info:
    The application is currently available. Applications are due by April 16, 2018. Artists will be notified May 25, 2018.

Past Residents & Quotes

During my retreat, getting away from the ‘noise’ of day-to-day life released so much of my creativity and personal truth that I could barely keep up with the ideas I was having.
— Dr. Michael White, Composer

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    A Studio in the Woods does not currently provide dedicated facilities or equipment for any single discipline. Resident artists have access to a medium-sized studio space in which they can create the environment they need to develop their creative process. There is access to a kiln and some woodworking tools, however while the distinct needs of working with media such as glass, heavy metals, and developed photography are not viable with our site at the present, we believe that the deep woods can provide inspiration and the ground to nourish projects beyond our facility's capacity.

Residency Fees

Application Fee $15

Stipends / other support

Recipients will be provided $2000 as a stipend and $2000 towards materials. ASITW provides full room and board including food, utilities for living and studio space to selected residents. Residents are expected to cover personal living expenses, additional materials and supplies, and any other expenses relating to the cost of producing work incurred while in the program. Travel and shipping expenses to and from ASITW for the residency are also the responsibility of the artist.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

13401 Patterson Road
New Orleans, Louisiana 70131
United States