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2016 Flint and Steel Cross-disciplinary Combustion Residents

Flint and Steel are residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members are united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to fuel social change. Addressing the artists' desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources. 

Composer Shay Nichols(California, October 2015) and faculty partner Tom Sherry (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will create nature-based compositions with local musicians and lead public listening excursions to discover the beauty and power found in the "chorus" of the Southern Louisiana natural environment.

Sign painter Matt Wright (New York, November 2015) with faculty partner Vicki Mayer (Communications) will photograph the city's historically significant signage, collect stories about existing sign f…

How to Build a Forest

How to Build a Forest is a polysynthetic, interdisciplinary hybrid of a project. Part visual art installation and part theater performance, this durational event unfolds over eight hours. 

Beginning in an empty space, visual artist Shawn Hall and theater/performance artists Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour—along with a four-person crew—work meticulously to construct, dismantle, and remove an elaborately fabricated forest. Inspired by 100 trees lost at a Louisiana family home following Hurricane Katrina, How to Build a Forest is also strongly informed by the ecological consequences of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Contemporary Art Center
900 Camp Street, New Orleans

There are a number of How to Build a Forest performances and talks!
How to Build a Forest - Friday, October 23 - Thursday, October 29

Forest and Water in Dialogue: Artists and Scientists Contemplate the Gulf Coast, October 27th at 7pm

Panel discussion with How to Build a Forest artists, ecologist Dave Baker, artist Moni…

Welcoming our newest resident: Shay Nichols

Listening and Singing in Nature with Resident Shay NicholsHow can singing deepen our connection to the natural world and each other? Listening to the sounds and stillness of nature, we will tune ourselves to the natural environment. How can we listen to nature as music? Using long tones and simple patterns, we will explore the many possibilities of creating spontaneous soundscapes together.

Thursday, October 29th, 9:30-11am
A Studio in the Woods

Click here for map and directions: MAP

Space is limited, please sign up HERE. This event is primarily geared towards adults, but teens and youth may attend with a guardian. No musical experience required.

* Check out this nice write up from Mary Rickard for

Deeply inspired by the wisdom of nature, Shay Nichols is a recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her first CD "Wildflower," features voice-only compositions born out of her time in natural settings. A graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Voice/Sound…

FORESTival Returns October 10th!

FORESTival: a celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods
Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 11am-5pm

13401 Patterson Road, New Orleans, LA
Suggested Donation $5 at Gate


Musical performances by 
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers, and more!

Artist presentations by current and former residents
Jebney Lewis, Shay Nichols, Cry You One, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Jessica Levine and Renata Ribeiro's Mockingbird Project, Roy Staab, Laurel True, Monique Verdin

How to Build a Forest
Preview an excerpt of Shawn Hall, Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour's interdisciplinary project

Art Activities in the Kids in the Woods Studio
Adventures in Clay with Jane Hill
Drawing with Debris with Jackie Ehle Inglefield and Elizabeth Larose

Walks in the Woods with Scientists

Including botanist David Baker, entomologist Mark Fox, and ornithologist Samantha Lantz
Special guests Audubon Louisiana will also be on site

Food and Beverage for purchase


FORESTival 2015 Schedule

Patron Brunch
10:00am-11:00amMusic and light refreshments in the Stewards’ Cottage exclusively for FORESTival donors at $100 and above
Music 12:00pmGal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review 2:00pmRory Danger and the Danger Dangers 4:15pmShay Nichols 4:30pmCry You One
Artist Exhibits – all day
Jebney Lewis, Cry You One, Jessica Levine and Renata Ribeiro's Mockingbird Project, Roy Staab, Laurel True, and Monique Verdinand How to Build a Forest

Art Activities 11:00am-1:00pm  Printmaking withPippin Frisbie-Calder
12:00pm-3:00pm  Adventures in Clay with Jane Hill
2:00pm-5:00pmDrawing with Debris with Jackie Ehle Inglefield and Elizabeth Larose

Walks in the Woods with Scientists

11:30am  Birds with ornithologist Samantha Lantz 1:30pm Bugs with entomologist Mark Fox 2:00pm  Trees with ASITW Environmental Curator/Botanist David Baker 4:30pm  Trees with ASITW Environmental Curator/Botanist David Baker
Silent Auction and Raffle 4:00pm Closing
Food and Beverage All Day!

Photos (l-r): Woods tour with…

Listening to the River

Previous ASITW residents, Monica Haller and Sebastian Muellauer are traveling down river for the month of July, mapping the sounds of the river from headwaters to the delta.

They are using an underwater microphone (hydrophone), a robot buoy that records the sounds, documents the route, sights and observations along the way. The culmination of the trip is New Orleans where they are planning small actions of "listening to the river.” This articulates itself as an informal "listening station” where residents are invited to specific points of the waterfront to listen. There, they settle down next to the river to hear the water passing by. The buoy suspends the hydrophone in the river. Listeners sit, lie, "plug in" to the water. It's a simple action that people often find quite powerful. The sound streams live for anyone listening from afar.

You are invited to the river’s bank to participate.

Join us at the Audubon Park "Fly" by the old riverboat dock on…

Trees Talk

Don't miss our very own David Baker, Environmental Curator at A Studio in the Woods, as he tells the inspiring story of resilience and recovery of our forest with scientific research from pre and post Katrina.

A forest ecologist, Baker studies long term changes to Louisiana's bottomland hardwood forests with a particular emphasis on how hurricanes and invasive species change these ecosystems.

August 13th, 6pm
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue

Sponsored by Friends of the Cabildo in support of the Louisiana State Museum

Click here to watch the recording on

Mignon Faget debuts new piece in support of ASITW departmental home

A percentage of sales from Mignon Faget's new piece "IN GRATITUDE" will support the Center for Bioenvironmental Research and the Newcomb Art Gallery. The pieces are also a lovely symbol of thanks to all of the people who opened their hearts to New Orleans in the ten years since Hurricane Katrina.

"Where Did the Oil Go?" by Perrin Ireland

Five years into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP's oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf.

CBR's Mike Blum contributed to the animation for, the magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Microscopic Sirens by Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal Street
Opening Reception May 9th6:00-9:00pm
On view through August 1
Part of the Wetlands Art Tour

Printmaker and current artist in residence Pippin Frisbie-Calder will be collaborating with Dr. Tim McLean of Tulane University to create a body of work around wetland micro algae awareness. In a public display their projections of phytoplankton, glowing sculptures, woodcuts and drawings will act as large-scale representations of the aquatic micro-organisms of the wetlands and oceans and demonstrate their importance (functions and roles) within the larger ecosystem. This project aims to serve as an educational tool, hoping to draw all members of the public, independent of wetland awareness and appreciation, since few people (even among researchers) are aware of and recognize the microbial presence, diversity, beauty, and roles within the waters of the wetlands.

Listen to a story about Pippin and Tim on WWNO: An Art/Science Mashup Births 'Microscopi…

Half Shell

Come Celebrate the Art, Science and Culinary Tradition of the Oyster!
An evening benefiting A Studio in the Woods hosted by Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert in their 1963 Historic Registered modernist home designed by Nathaniel "Buster"Curtis, Jr.

For photos from the event visit and

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00-9:00 in the evening
6161 Marquette Place
Patron tasting and tour at 5:00

To buy tickets online via EventBrite, please click HERE.
Oysters, seafood and more by Peche Chef Ryan Prewitt

Current and former resident artists Dr. Michael White, Sarah Quintana, and Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Oyster experts Dr. Tom Soniat from UNO and Sal Sunseri from P&J Oysters

Music by Panorama Jazz Band

Auction of oyster-inspired artworks by Mignon Faget and more!

Dress: Break out of your shell with pearls and seaworthy cocktail attire

Complimentary parking via shuttle from Holy Name of Jesus lot opposite 1923 Calhoun Street

Space is limited so purchase your…

Does lead in New Orleans have mockingbirds singing the blues?

Artist Jessica Levine, in collaboration with Karubian Lab, will create an interactive, mixed media visual art installation to bring the study titled,"Does lead in New Orleans have mockingbirds singing the blues?" to wide-spectrum public attention. The installation will be designed as an impromptu art spectacle within a 10 x 10 foot pop-up tent, to be staged where people gather: festivals, parks, schools, farmers markets. The installation hopes to enroll city dwellers in citizen science as it engages the viewer in artful wonderment and delight, to celebrate and appreciate the mockingbird as a beloved New Orleans icon of resilience, musicality, and thriving urban nature.

You can see the installation in person here:

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 from 9am-1pm
Crescent City Farmers Market

Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 6-8pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Jessica Levineinhabits a niche as a multidisciplinary environmental artist, making interactive, kinetic sculptural installations that engage…

Maria Möller's "CBD (Chinese Business District)" Installation and Opening Reception

Opening reception with a presentation and tour about the history of New Orleans' Chinatown
By geographer Richard Campanella
Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1pm-3pm: The Saratoga, 212 Loyola Street The work will be on view from the street through March 29th as a storefront installation .

CBD (Chinese Business District)
inserts visual memory into the built environment of what was once New Orleans’ Chinatown. From the 1880s through the 1930s, the largest Chinatown in the southeastern United States was scattered over several blocks in what became New Orleans’ Central Business District (CBD). Almost all the buildings from this time are gone and no photographs of them exist. Most New Orleanians have no idea what was once there.

For CBD (Chinese Business District), artist Maria Möller partnered with geographer Richard Campanella as part of A Studio in the Woods' Flint and Steel Residency. Using Campanella's research as a guide, Möller created Lunar New Year installations on s…

Calling all Artists: Flint and Steel Artist Residencies

Flint and Steel are six week residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members will be united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change. Addressing the artists' desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations will empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources from Tulane. We ask artists to describe in detail how the opportunity will affect their work, to identify potential departmental partners, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.
A full description including all important dates and the application for our Flint and Steel residencies can be found here (pdf) or here (MS Word). Letters of Interest (LOI) due April 13, 2015. Finalists will be notified by email by June 1, 2015.…

Faculty Enrichment Residencies

A Studio in the Woods and the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research seek to enhance and support the scholarship and creativity of Tulane faculty and trainees by awarding one- to two-week residencies during Academic Year F2015-S2016. These residencies will provide a retreat for faculty and trainees across disciplines to work on a discrete project or scholarly pursuit that can be new or complementary to ongoing work. Applications can be made singly, though collaborative multi-discipline team applications are encouraged. This opportunity may be considered similar to an artist residency, writing fellowship or grant-in-aid. Previous grantees have utilized the retreat to analyze data, write an article, prepare for a conference or develop a new project.

Click HERE to download the application

Open to Tulane University faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Deadline April 13, 2015. Please contact with questions or for more information.

Article in the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Journal

Our own David Baker, Environmental Curator at A Studio in the Woods, contributed to Examination of Deltaic Processes of Mississippi River Outlets—Caernarvon Delta and Bohemia Spillway in Southeastern Louisiana by John A. Lopez, Theryn K. Henkel, Andreas M. Moshogianis, Andy D. Baker, Ezra C. Boyd, Eva R. Hillmann, Paul F. Connor, and David B. Baker.

Article in Tulane's New Wave