A Studio in the Woods
A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University located in an endangered bottomland hardwood forest on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, is dedicated to forest preservation, science-inspired art education and providing a peaceful retreat for artists and scholars who are interested in tackling challenging issues with imagination, power and resourcefulness.
Nina Nichols is a Performing Artist who produced costumes, puppets and props for an operetta during her residency at the Studio. "I think that Lucianne said it best when i was working on a puppet and she said, 'you want it to looks if it just grew there.' You always her about site-specific installation, but this time I feel like I have had the opportunity to finally make something true to the land and that the intensely diverse and colorful ecosystem here has become part of the way I smell, feel and see."
Alex Harris, Photographer, spent his residency editing, Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City, a book he co-authored with world-renowned naturalist E.O Wilson. Harris wrote of his time in the woods "I was being offered the opportunity to enter another world entirely: a unique natural landscape and human environment where my work would be supported and where I could put aside all distractions and truly focus on the writing project I had not been able to do at home."