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The Aslan Foundation has undertaken a meticulous rehabilitation and modernization of the original buildings on the property and has constructed new purpose-built facilities to ensure that artists have the space and equipment they need for a successful residency.

The heart of the ninety-acre property is five historic log cabins (four with round logs, one with hewn logs) situated along a private, tree-shaded road. Each has a porch or balcony and working fireplace. The cabins are perfectly sited to balance artists’ dual needs for privacy and a sense of community. The three large cabins have designated office/work spaces and multiple bedrooms; one of the three, owing to its splendid acoustics, is furnished with a Steinway B. The smaller two cabins are ideal writers’ cottages. Artists would not share either living or working spaces unless they were part of a collaborative group.

The newly constructed McDonough House, the Visual Arts Studio, and the Performing Arts Studio offer additional working areas for residents. All three buildings were designed by the award-winning, Knoxville-based Sanders Pace Architecture.

All buildings on Loghaven’s campus are equipped with wifi, offering high-speed internet access.

A lit stone path at dusk leads up to the McDonough House on the left, the main building of Loghaven. Two large chimneys can be seen on a sloping metal roof, and the exterior walls are wood-paneled.

Much of Loghaven’s fixed and movable equipment is stored either in the McDonough House, the studios, or in our nearby warehouse facility. The common area of the McDonough House has an iMac and a small-format printer. Available equipment in the McDonough House studio includes a Steinway 1098, a digital projector, a separate wet area with darkroom sink and exhaust, and a professionally-designed audiovisual and acoustics system. Please be aware that there is not woodworking or metalworking equipment available. If an artist’s work relies heavily on metalworking or woodworking, Loghaven is probably not a good fit for their needs.

The Performing Arts Studio has an 860-square-foot sprung floor, a basic sound system, and an abundance of natural light. The 860-square-foot Visual Arts Studio has both natural and directional light, a scanner, large-format printer, an iMac outfitted with Adobe Suite 5 and Final Cut Pro, taborets, pedestals, homasote panels, easels, drop cloths, basic toolboxes, a separate wet area with oversized sink and exhaust, an enlarged loading door, and a 60-inch Takach etching press.

A large wooden easel and taboret sit in front of floor to ceiling windows overlooking a wooded drop-off in the fine art studio. Track lights can be seen lining the ceiling above the windows.

Artists can find additional specialized equipment at the studios and stages of Loghaven Community Partners, which include the University of Tennessee, the Bijou and Tennessee Theatres, the Mill and Mine, and Knox Makers to name a few. Although off-site trips may be necessary, we encourage artists to spend the majority of their working time at Loghaven. Artists should plan to bring or locally source necessary supplies, including any consumables. We will supply a comprehensive list of available equipment to accepted artists. We reimburse up to $200 in freight costs.

Applicants who have questions about whether they can pursue their project at Loghaven should email us in advance.

A lit fire and firewood inside of a large stone fireplace in the McDonough House living room. A portion of the Loghaven Library can be seen on wooden shelves to the right, and a white marble coffee table sits in front of the fire.
The interior of Performing Arts Studio is pictured with a grey marley floor, two white walls, and one mirrored wall. The windows look out on trees and blue sky.

Loghaven’s McDonough House is fully accessible. One of Loghaven’s original Depression-era log cabins (Cabin 909) has been retrofitted to a Type B accessible space as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines. The Visual Arts Studio and Performing Arts Studio are also Type B accessible spaces. The Loghaven Residency Director can provide additional information about Loghaven spaces and disability, including a manual that lists accessibility features.

Exterior of a cabin at Loghaven. Surrounded by trees and shown in daylight, the cabin walls are made up of dark logs and white mortar. The large chimney is cobblestone, and the roof is gray metal.