Announcement of 2021 Residency Awardees

Loghaven Artist Residency Announces Awardees including Anthony Green, DaEun Jung, Luftwerk Studio, Aaron Landsman,  Michelle Tea, and Many Others.

Artists Will Work and Reside on the Loghaven Campus, Recently Awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Highest Honor for Architecture. 

Knoxville, TN – November 17, 2021– Loghaven Artist Residency, a residency for emerging and established artists in the fields of visual art, dance, music, writing, theater, and interdisciplinary work, announces its first residency awardees from the inaugural Open Call for Applications.

Artists Participating in Loghaven Residencies from January 2022 – January 2023:

These artists were selected from over 900 applications received in the Open Call for Applications by a national panel of artists, curators, performers, and other arts professionals based on the chief criteria of artistic excellence and creative potential.

Performance

_Daniel Corral
_David Cote
_Robin Frohardt
_Alexander Gedeon
_Levi Gonzalez
_DaEun Jung
_Aaron David Landsman
_Stephanie Zaletel

Music Composition

_Zach Baltich
_Majel Connery
_Shayna Dunkelman
_Bobby Ge
_Anthony Green
_Dorian Wood

Visual Arts

_Petra Bachmaier
_Sean Fader
_Sean Gallero
_Alena Mehić
_Carlie Trosclair

Writing

_Chanda Feldman
_Shruti Swamy
_Michelle Tea
_Keith Wilson
_Jane Wong
_Jenny Xie

Loghaven Artist Residency launched last year with artists nominated by a prestigious national panel with input from artists, arts leaders, and the Artist Communities Alliance. 

Artists from the first year of the residency had the following words to say about the experience. 

Everything is in place there for an artist to do her best work. Whether it’s working through chosen projects, or thinking through new ideas, the atmosphere at Loghaven is tuned to your needs. For artists accustomed to a dedicated studio space with lots of privacy and quiet it is ideal. The history and environment surrounding your cabin and studio is rich in inspiration. This is an opportunity that few get in their lifetime. – Mary O’Brien

In my usual working environment I have a multitude of distractions and obligations that take me out of my creative zone with annoying regularity. The level of focus I enjoyed during this residency has given me time to strategize on methods of creating a better, more productive work environment. – Mark Steven Greenfield

You can’t access that kind of interdisciplinary conversation just anywhere. I will leave here feeling respected, nurtured, and nourished; body, soul, practice. – Lara Avery 

Loghaven artists become Fellows after finishing their residency. Current Loghaven Fellows include: 

Aldwyth _ Lara Avery _ Lyndon Barrois Jr. _ Calvin Brett
Sandra Brewster _ Ann Carlson _ Lara Downes _ Addoley Dzegede
Sebastián Escalona _ Tia-Simone Gardner _ Jonathan González
Mark Steven Greenfield _ Ida Harris _ NIC Kay _ Amy Lam
Paula Matthusen _ Daniel McCormick _ Angélica Negrón _ Mary O’Brien
Craig Shepard _ Wang Jie _ Rhonda Wheatley _ Philip White

 

What Makes Loghaven Special

Loghaven Artist Residency provides artists with vital financial resources, an inspiring environment, professionally designed facilities, dedicated staff, and the time and space to create new work.

Loghaven Artist Residency features an AIA award-winning campus including historic, rehabilitated log cabins, a Performing Arts Studio, a Visual Arts Studio, and the 3,900-square-foot McDonough House with additional studio space and facilities for artists—all located on 90 acres of woodland, minutes from downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Loghaven Artist Residency offers:

  • Facilities for dancers and theater makers—there are limited residencies that offer dancers and theater makers the facilities that are essential for their work. Loghaven has a professionally designed Performing Arts Studio and a Multidisciplinary Studio to support these practitioners.  
  • Spaces for collaborative artist groups—the number of artists working collaboratively has grown significantly, and few residences are designed to accommodate this type of practice. Loghaven’s studio spaces serve the needs of collaborative teams: all are large enough for group work, and three of the artist cabins are suited for an intensive live/work experience for a collaborative team.  
  • A stipend grantLoghaven provides artists a weekly stipend grant for art supplies and other expenses associated with completing the residency. The stipend grant advances Loghaven’s commitment to removing financial barriers for artists, allowing the broadest possible participation in the residency.
  • Ongoing support for Loghaven Artist Fellows—Loghaven supports artists during and after their residencies—helping to advance recognition of their work and fostering their careers over time. As just one part of this ongoing support, Loghaven Fellows are eligible for the opportunity to return to Loghaven for future sessions, including a two-week, alumni-only residency.
  • Diverse cohorts of artists—Loghaven is dedicated to supporting diverse cohorts of artists. Artist residents include individuals with a range of backgrounds, disciplines, and ages.

Loghaven Artist Residency is fully funded by the Aslan Foundation.

 

Loghaven’s Early Advisors

Early advisors who have helped provide counsel in the development of Loghaven Artist Residency include artists, performers, writers, curators, scholars, consultants, and arts administrators with decades of experience across multiple arts disciplines and sectors. 

  • Eve BeglarianBeglarian’s chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others.
  • Afa DworkinNamed one of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers in the nation and one of Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist driving national programming that promotes diversity in classical music. 
  • Suzanne FetscherFetscher has 25 years of experience as an executive director of international residency programs. She served as Founding President and CEO of McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina and is now an independent cultural nonprofit consultant. 
  • Olga Garay-EnglishGaray-English is an arts consultant with projects in California, nationally, and internationally. For the past three years she was the Executive Director of the John Anson Ford Theatres and was previously the Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). She served as Founding Program Director for the Arts for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, one of the largest national arts funders in the United States.
  • Tempestt HazelHazel is a writer, curator, and founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative that supports writing and artistic practices across the Midwest. She is also the Arts Program Officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois.
  • Lisa Funderburke HoffmanFunderburke Hoffman is Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities. She works with residencies, foundations, and other non-profits on improving the efficacy of teams and programs. She has held leadership posts at McColl Center for Art + Innovation and the Charlotte Nature Museum, and currently serves on a variety of committees and boards for organizations including Grantmakers in the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Performing Arts Alliance.
  • Kiese LaymonLaymon is the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division; a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America; and Heavy: An American Memoir. 
  • Sharon M. LoudenLouden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Louden’s work is held in public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
  • Susan Moore—Moore is the Director of Programs for writers at Literary Arts. She directs the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, oversees the writing classes and Delve seminars, and is the author of That Place Where You Opened Your Hands, the winner of the Juniper Prize in poetry.
  • Ali Rosa-SalasAs Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Ali Rosa-Salas develops the Center’s live programming, exhibitions, and residencies. As an independent curator, she has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs with the American Realness Festival, AFROPUNK, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, DISCWOMAN, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more.
  • Mark SloanSloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. In his 34-year career, he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, ranging from contemporary Japanese installation art to 19th-century Baluchi tribal weavings. 

 

Loghaven’s Architecture, Buildings, and Natural Environment

Loghaven partnered with Sanders Pace Architecture for the rehabilitation of the historic log cabins on its campus and the design of three contemporary structures: the Visual Arts Studio, the Performing Arts Studio, and the McDonough House, which serves as a central gathering place for resident artists and features additional studio space and facilities. In April of 2021, Loghaven and Sanders Pace Architecture received the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Award. This award recognizes Loghaven’s campus in its entirety as an outstanding example of excellence in contemporary architecture, and is the highest honor that AIA bestows on new projects. Past recipients of the award include The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York), and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington D.C)

The team painstakingly worked on the log cabins that gave Loghaven its name, so that they could serve as artist living spaces. The five cabins are on a private, tree-shaded road and each has its original logs, a working fireplace, a porch or balcony, and artist working spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms have been modernized with sensitivity to historic preservation, and all cabins have amenities to ensure a fostering living and working environment. Working alongside Sanders Pace Architecture were three specialty consultants: Acoustic Distinctions (New York, NY), specializing in acoustics and audiovisual design; Sighte Studio (New York, NY), focusing on lighting; and Smith Seckman Reid (Nashville, TN), consulting on sustainability and MEP. 

The 3,900-square-foot McDonough House has a Multidisciplinary Studio, a professionally designed audiovisual and acoustics system, a range of equipment for artists to use in creating new work, and a dining area for communal meals. The two free-standing, cantilevered artist studios are designed to “float” over the ground with eight-foot-tall windows looking out onto the adjacent hillside. The Performing Arts Studio features an 860-square-foot sprung floor, a professionally designed sound system, and an abundance of natural light. The Visual Arts Studio has both natural and directional light, a separate wet area, an enlarged loading door, and equipment for creating a range of different work.

The newly constructed buildings at Loghaven have been designed to enter a dialogue with both the natural environment and the historic cabins. The McDonough House has a similar visual language to the nearby cabins, elevating traditional building materials to create a restrained and harmonious contemporary addition to the campus. The placement of the McDonough House was precisely designed to ensure the root system of adjacent trees would not be disturbed, and the cantilevered artist studios allow surrounding plant life to thrive. All of the contemporary buildings have expansive views of Loghaven’s grounds.

The team has dedicated equal time and care to Loghaven’s natural environment. Over the decades the native flora on the site had been squeezed out by invasive plants that in some places became so dense that walking through parts of the grounds was nearly impossible. Loghaven partnered with a local arborist as part of a decade-long project to restore the surrounding woodlands. Through enormous efforts by the Loghaven property team, the invasive plants around the cabins have been removed, native trees and plants are thriving, and the natural springs on the site have been protected.

 

Loghaven’s History 

While archaeological excavations reveal that humans have inhabited the Loghaven area for 9,000 years, the history of the Loghaven community dates back to 1915, when Knoxville resident Martha (“Myssie”) Thompson acquired her first three acres of land along a ridge in South Knoxville. Although new industries were booming in the city, this high ridge remained isolated and wooded—the perfect spot for Thompson’s innovative idea. 

Thompson hoped to support her family by constructing rental homes. Between 1932 and 1935, during the Great Depression, she labored alongside a local carpenter to design and build log cabins on what she called “the hill.” This cluster of homes became “Log Haven”: a community for Thompson, her family, and many unconventional tenants. Early occupants included Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) workers building the nearby Norris Dam; Alfred Clauss, a TVA exhibit director and architect; radio personality Lowell Blanchard; as well as Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Bert Vincent, known for his popular column “Strolling.” Later, Loghaven became home to professors and their families, followed by students. As one University of Tennessee student recalls from the 1960s: “Loghaven was a place everyone dreamed of living. I tried to get in and couldn’t.” In 1978 Chris Whittle, along with his partners in the 13-30 Corporation Phillip Moffitt and Edward Smith, formed a partnership called “The Loghaven Community.” From the woods of Loghaven, they built a publishing empire. 13-30 Corporation acquired Esquire magazine in 1979 and had 600 employees by 1986. Many of the early employees lived at Loghaven. One such resident referred to it as a “domicile for various bohemian-outdoorsy types.”

In 2005, a developer purchased the site with the intention of building condominiums. Loghaven residents rallied to save the community from destruction. Forming the Friends of Loghaven, they posted handmade signs reading: “Save Loghaven” and “Greedy Developers Not Welcome Here.” The grassroots movement prompted the city council to table rezoning, which stalled development but left Loghaven with an uncertain future.

In 2007, Jim and Lindsay McDonough, board members of the Aslan Foundation, visited Loghaven and learned of its potential demise. They became dedicated to saving it from destruction. Recognizing the property as an essential part of Knoxville’s cultural heritage, the Aslan Foundation purchased Loghaven in 2008. Since Loghaven’s cabins had long been a retreat for unconventional, creative people, the Aslan Foundation determined that an artist residency was the ideal use for the site.   

 

Loghaven’s Location

Loghaven is minutes from the center of Knoxville, where historic buildings frame a walkable downtown with landmark theaters and newly constructed music venues, a robust culinary scene including a James Beard Award-winning chef, as well as locally owned breweries, shops, and studios lining the streets and extending into nearby neighborhoods. In contrast to many other flourishing cities in the South, Knoxville has grown and evolved while remaining livable and affordable.

3D Tour of Loghaven

In July, Loghaven partnered with Sanders Pace Architecture and the American Institute of Architects Tennessee to create 3D virtual tours of three buildings on campus. These tours will allow us to share spaces with artists in advance of their arrival. To tour each space, please click on the links below.

McDonough House Tour Here

The McDonough House is the central gathering place for residents on campus. This 3,700 square foot structure shares a similar visual language with the surrounding cabins while elevating traditional materials to create a beautifully restrained and contemporary structure. Artists have access to the building 24/7 and enjoy communal weeknight meals around the dining table, a living room that features a large fireplace, and views into the surrounding forest. The building also houses the director’s office, kitchen, and the Multidisciplinary Studio designed to accommodate a variety of artistic disciplines.

900 Cabin Tour Here

Interior of 900 CabinOne of five rehabilitated, Depression-era cabins, the 900 Cabin has an office off the large living room and two bedrooms. Like all of the cabins, the 900 Cabin has a fully modernized kitchen and bathroom in addition to laundry access and porch space.

Visual Arts Studio Tour Here

interior photo of the Visual Arts Studio

The 860-square-foot Visual Arts Studio is one of three dedicated studio spaces on campus. It has both natural and directional light, a scanner, a large-format printer, an iMac, a 60-inch Takach etching press, a separate wet area with an oversized sink and exhaust, and an enlarged loading door.

 

 

 

 

2021 Applications Open for Residencies at Loghaven

Cabin 910 and Loghaven Drive

We are excited to announce that Loghaven’s first open call for applications runs from June 1 through July 15, 2021. Loghaven launched its residency program in 2020 with twenty nominated artists and now invites emerging and established artists in the fields of dance, theater, visual art, writing, music composition, and interdisciplinary work to apply for residencies occurring in 2022 and 2023.

Everything is in place there for an artist to do her best work. Whether it’s working through chosen projects or thinking through new ideas, the atmosphere at Loghaven is tuned to your needs. For artists accustomed to a dedicated studio space with lots of privacy and quiet, it is ideal. The history and environment surrounding your cabin and studio is rich in inspiration.” -Loghaven Fellow

Learn more about the residency and the application process by reviewing Loghaven’s FAQs and the Applications Guidelines.

Sanders Pace Architecture Receives 2021 AIA Architecture Award for Design of Loghaven Artist Residency Campus

Jim McDonough House

McDonough House

Knoxville, TN – April 29, 2021 – Today the American Institute of Architects presented the 2021 AIA Architecture Award, the architecture profession’s highest national recognition, to Sanders Pace Architecture for its original design and architectural rehabilitation work for the Loghaven Artist Residency, a new residency for emerging and established artists in the fields of visual art, dance, music, writing, theater, and interdisciplinary work. The juried award—which celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type—honors Sanders Pace’s exceptional design for a ninety-acre campus to foster artistic exploration and the creation of new work.

The design for the Loghaven campus combines new construction and innovation with careful rehabilitation of the historic log cabins on the grounds—creating a seamless dialogue between the new and historic architecture and the natural landscape, and advancing the residency’s dynamism as a center for contemporary artistic practice.

During a six-year planning and design process, Sanders Pace partnered with the Aslan Foundation—which created and funds the Loghaven Artist Residency—on the rehabilitation of the historic log cabins that give the site its name, as well as the conceptualization, design, and construction of three new structures on the campus: the Visual Arts Studio, the Performing Arts Studio, and the 3,900-square-foot McDonough House, which serves as a central gathering place for resident artists and features additional studio space and facilities. The log cabins, which had fallen into disrepair prior to the creation of the Loghaven Artist Residency, were revitalized to serve as artist housing. Loghaven’s studio spaces and three of the artist cabins provide collaborative artist groups the space for an intensive live/work experience, a rarity among artist residencies.

“We have close relationships with all our clients, and it was particularly inspiring and rewarding to work with the Aslan Foundation,” said Brandon F. Pace, FAIA, founding partner of Sanders Pace Architecture. “The project brings together elements that are central to our practice—respect for the unique nature and history of each site, design that grows out of the special character of the place, and the creation of spaces that serve and support users. The Institute Honor Award follows our colleague Michael A. Davis, AIA—who was instrumental in the Loghaven project—being recognized with a 2021 AIA Young Architects Award. We’re honored that the AIA selected us from among firms from across the nation for these awards, and we are more committed than ever to helping shape discourse around architecture and design innovation in our region and around the country.”  

“Sanders Pace Architecture has been an incredible partner in the creation of the Loghaven Artist Residency, and we are thrilled to see them receive national recognition from the AIA,” said Andrea Bailey, Executive Director of the Aslan Foundation. “We invited artists to join us on-site in early 2020, and their response to Sanders Pace’s design was tribute to the thought, care, and effort the firm brought to every element of the campus. We’re eager to launch our inaugural open call on June 1 and share the Loghaven experience with a widening group of artists. The news of this award is particularly timely as we have just named Loghaven’s central building in honor of Aslan Foundation Board Member Jim McDonough, an architect in his own right, who invested so much of his energy and passion into creating Loghaven before his passing this March.”

“At Loghaven, artists reside and work in gorgeous living and working spaces with meals and stipend support provided,” said Sharon M. Louden, an advisor in the development of the Loghaven Artist Residency. “I’m excited for artists to find inspiration whether it’s at home in their cabin or exploring the campus. Artists should be sure to bookmark this fantastic opportunity and apply.”  

LOGHAVEN ARTIST RESIDENCY DESIGN

Loghaven is designed to offer artists—including dancers and theater makers—the facilities that are essential to their work. The 3,900-square-foot McDonough House includes a multidisciplinary studio, a fully integrated audiovisual and acoustics system, a range of equipment for artists to use in creating new work, and a dining area for communal meals. The two free-standing, cantilevered artist studios are designed to extend into the adjacent tree canopy with eight-foot-tall windows providing a visual connection to the landscape. The Performing Arts Studio features an 860-square-foot sprung floor, a professionally designed sound system, and an abundance of natural light. The Visual Arts Studio has both natural and directional light, a separate wet area, an enlarged loading door, and equipment for creating a range of different work.

Sanders Pace carefully rehabilitated the log cabins at Loghaven so that they could serve as artist living spaces. The five cabins are on a private, tree-shaded road, and each has its original logs, a working fireplace, a porch or balcony, and artist working spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms have been modernized with sensitivity to historic preservation, and all cabins have amenities to ensure a fostering living and working environment. 

The new structures built at Loghaven have been designed to enter a dialogue with both the historic cabins and the natural environment. The McDonough House has a similar visual language to the nearby cabins, elevating traditional building materials to create a restrained and harmonious contemporary addition to the campus. Its placement was precisely calibrated to limit the impact on a stand of mature oak trees, and the cantilevered artist studios project over the hillside to further limit site impact. All of the new buildings have expansive views of Loghaven’s grounds.

On June 1, 2021, Loghaven will launch its inaugural open call for applications, accepting submissions from emerging and established artists across the U.S. who are 21 or older. The chief criteria for selection are artistic excellence and creative potential. For more information, visit loghaven.org/residencies/apply.

Image: Exterior view of McDonough House at the Loghaven Artist Residency. Photo credit: Bruce Cole Photography. Courtesy of the Loghaven Artist Residency. 

ABOUT SANDERS PACE ARCHITECTURE 

Sanders Pace Architecture was formed in 2002 by John L. Sanders, FAIA, LEED AP and Brandon F. Pace, FAIA, LEED AP, who is the Principal-in-Charge on the Loghaven project. Sanders Pace’s thirteen-person team focuses on unique and inventive solutions to their clients’ needs. Initially focused on unique adaptive reuse and renovation projects in the central core of Knoxville, their practice has grown to include small-scale custom residential work, innovative institutional buildings, and large-scale public sector projects that integrate research into a collaborative design process which leads to unique and inventive solutions. For more information, visit sanderspace.com.

ABOUT LOGHAVEN ARTIST RESIDENCY 

Loghaven Artist Residency, which opened in January 2020, provides artists with vital financial resources, an inspiring environment, professionally designed facilities, dedicated staff, and the time and space to create new work. Located on 90 acres of woodland minutes from downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, Loghaven combines the tranquility, privacy, and space of a natural environment with easy access to a vibrant urban center. Loghaven actively seeks to assemble diverse cohorts of residents and is committed to removing financial barriers for artists and allowing the broadest possible participation in the residency. Loghaven Fellows from its residencies by invitation include Aldwyth, Ann Carlson, Lara Downes, NIC Kay, Amy Lam, and Angélica Negrón, among others. Advisors who provided counsel on the development of the residency include Kiese Laymon, Sharon M. Louden, and Ali Rosa-Salas, among others. For more information, visit loghaven.org.

ABOUT THE ASLAN FOUNDATION

Loghaven is funded by the Aslan Foundation, a Knoxville-based philanthropy established in 1994 by attorney Lindsay Young. The foundation’s funding priorities include arts and culture, historic preservation, animal welfare, land conservation, outdoor recreation, and advancing livability in Knoxville. The foundation works to strengthen the greater Knoxville community through foundation projects, public-private partnerships, and grantmaking. In addition to the Loghaven Artist Residency, foundation projects have included restoring historic buildings, building parks, and managing large-scale woodland restoration. The foundation’s grantmaking focuses on capacity building and has led to leaps forward in programming and sustainability for organizations such as Big Ears Festival, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Young Williams Animal Center. For more information, visit aslanfoundation.org.

Loghaven Tours

Loghaven Artist Residency has been a labor of love from its inception, born out of a desire to preserve an endangered place, to its culmination as a residency program that brings artists from across the country to Knoxville to make new work. Though we are not regularly open to the public, we offer tours several times a year of the award-winning campus, including indoor and outdoor artist spaces. We ask all guests to come wearing both comfortable walking shoes and a mask for indoor spaces.

To view upcoming tour dates and register for one of our tours, please reserve your free ticket here.

Location: 1001 Loghaven Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920
If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out to info@loghaven.org in advance so that we can assist you.

Partnering With Big Ears Festival

Three musicians playing guitars, one cameraman filming in a cabin

Photo by Aaron Greenwald

Loghaven Artist Residency recently partnered with our friends at Big Ears Festival. Like many arts organizations, Big Ears has been exploring new ways of “getting back to work and supporting artists, projects, and ideas that [they] love.” For Big Ears, that has meant presenting and producing virtual, streaming performances by an array of talented artists, including The Bad Plus, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, and Lonnie Holley, to name just a few.

For “A Guitar Assembly: Marisa Anderson, William Tyler, and Yasmin Williams”, Big Ears brought together a trio of virtuosic guitarists to collaborate for the first time.  They could think of no better place for that collaboration than Loghaven, which was designed to inspire the creation of new work and is uniquely positioned to promote collaboration. We hosted the artists in the cabins prior to their performances, providing the time and space to get to know the residency and each other better.

Much of the filming took place in Cabin 910, one of the historic, Depression-era cabins built by Myssie Thompson. This cabin has a particularly exquisite sound quality, which made it an ideal location for this series of performances. One by one, the artists filmed solo and duo sets, ending the day with their collaborative work as a trio. Though the temperature had dropped nearly 30 degrees overnight, the afternoon warmed up enough to film at one of Loghaven’s old homesites marked by a chimney and patio where the artists performed one final piece.

We hope you will join us to enjoy what no doubt will be a superb evening of music. Tickets to view the performance are on sale through November 20th, and all ticketing information can be found on Big Ears’ website.

*Though this performance has already streamed virtually, you can still enjoy some of the stunning music at The Wire.

Photo by Aaron Greenwald

Fall 2020 Residency Update

The pandemic has forced us all to be nimble and re-envision the work we do and the sense of purpose we bring to it. At Loghaven, we are excited to announce that we will be pivoting this September’s residency to a hybrid model in which the first six weeks take place virtually this fall, and the remaining two weeks take place in-person in 2021. We have been energized to reimagine ways we can facilitate an alternative residency experience. We know that the core components of the residency include an expanded and purposeful sense of time, the relationships artists build over that time, and the creation, process, and exploration of new or ongoing work. Our hybrid model allows us to incorporate these core components, immediately support residents’ important work, and enable each artist to come to Loghaven to take part in a future, in-person residency.

While we are offering this hybrid model to all artists in the September residency, any artist who prefers a fully in-person residency was also given the option to postpone their residency until 2021. We have no plans for changes to future residencies and look forward to welcoming artists again soon to our cabins, cove, and studios. In the meantime, we will be sharing updates about our virtual fall residency via social media, so please stay tuned!

Loghaven and its staff wish you safety and good health during this time.

Experience Loghaven in This Video Tour

We created this short video so you can experience some of Loghaven’s beauty and inspiration wherever this finds you. This tour takes you through our newly constructed Gateway Building, Visual Arts Studio, Performing Arts Studio, and the five historic cabins where artists reside while in residency. We leave off in the cove adjacent to Loghaven Drive with a towering magnolia and natural spring-fed streams. We hope you enjoy!

To learn more about our buildings, please visit our Facilities page.

Update on Open Call

After careful thought, Loghaven has made the decision to postpone our inaugural open call for residency applications from June 1, 2020 to June 1, 2021. Like many artist residencies across the country, our planning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is deeply important to us to honor our commitments to artists, so we did not cancel any residencies, but rather shifted some from 2020 into 2021. Changing the date of our open call enables us to serve all the artists who we had already committed to support and ensures that we have a full capacity of residency sessions available for artists who want to take part in our open application process. The safety and well-being of our artists, staff, and community will always be a priority for us, and this will be first and foremost on our minds as we continue to host residencies in coming months. We look forward to providing time, space, and resources to our nominated artists throughout 2020 and 2021 and to beginning the open call for applications in June 2021 for residencies in 2022.

Loghaven believes that the arts are integral to the human experience, the health of our communities, and to a vibrant civic society. We are grateful for you and your work and know it will be integral in reimagining a brighter future. Thank you.

Loghaven will share details about next year’s open call and updates about upcoming residencies with our community on our website and social media platforms in the coming months. To receive occasional email updates as well, please click here.

We wish you safety and good health during this time.

COVID-19 Update

Based on the evolving information around the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the guidance of local, regional, and national officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control, we have made the decision to postpone the May residency at Loghaven. While we are disappointed to have to make such a difficult choice, our priority is the health, wellness, and safety of not only our staff and the artists we host, but also of our entire community, both locally and globally.

All artists who were scheduled to participate in the May residency will be rescheduled to another residency session in 2021. We anticipate our fall residency will take place, and are planning for that now. In the meantime, we will provide more logistical information as it is confirmed. Thank you for your patience.

Loghaven and its staff wish you safety and good health during this time.