November 16, 2012 11:00 AM
A new home for the founders of A Studio in the Woods will allow the artists’ residence on the West Bank of Orleans Parish to expand programs and outreach.
The new cottage will house founders and current stewards Lucianne and Joe Carmichael, who donated their home, art studio and the eight-acre site to Tulane University in 2004.The Carmichaels’ current home also doubles as office space and lodging for artists-in-residence. Once the Stewards’ Cottage is completed next year, their home will be converted into staff offices and a communal area for artists, allowing for expanded programming and capacity, said Valerie Robinson, president of the board of directors of the nonprofit Friends of A Studio in the Woods.
The Carmichaels built their original home using recycled materials, and the cottage design will follow the same framework, appearing to slip “quietly into the woods,” said architect, and the home’s designer, John M. Anderson, of Bay St. Louis, Miss.,-based unabridged Architecture.
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