20 years of environmental advocacy at A Studio in the Woods

GIF composition created by Lydia Mattson (bottom left) to commemorate 20 years of artist residency programming; shows historical photos from A Studio in the Woods and references to its wildlife.

A Studio in the Woods is celebrating its 20th year of welcoming artists and scholars to retreat into its idyllic forest on the bank of the Mississippi River. The Studio is a program of Tulane University’s ByWater Institute that provides a platform for innovators to address the looming climate crisis which disproportionately affects coastal regions like Southwest Louisiana.

Noisy boats pass by across the road from A Studio in the Woods, providing a sharp contrast to the whimsical woods accessible by a long dirt driveway. Visitors pass a sculpted gate to enter a verdant sanctuary where animals and artists coexist in nature. The Studio provides cabin-esque accommodations for its residents to comfortably create within the trees and explore on-site artifacts created by Joe and Lucianne Carmichael, the founders of the program.

 To support the Studio and stay up to date with its programs, including the residencies, which will be opening up again, head to astudiointhewoods.org.

GIF including imagery from A Studio in the Woods. Pictured are Joe Carmichael’s sculptures, Lucianne Carmichael’s pottery, explanatory text from the Studio’s website, and snapshots of the Carmichaels.


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