Joan Mitchell Center Overview

The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans

About the Center

Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center’s mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists.

The Joan Mitchell Center is an artist residency center developed to offer both time and space for artists to create work in a contemplative environment. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts.

Through providing a forum for artists, and acting as welcoming, inclusive gathering place, the Center aspires to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation, while supporting values of community, diversity and social equity.

For more information on Joan Mitchell Center, please contact us at

2275 Bayou Road
New Orleans, LA 70119
office: 504-940-2500
fax: 504-940-2501

Site Development

The Joan Mitchell Center is a small campus consisting of several buildings, located on approximately two acres in the historic Faubourg Tremé neighborhood. The main house is a petite Creole plantation house originally built circa 1800, which features guest rooms for artists in residence, a kitchen, and dining area. Other buildings on the campus host additional guest rooms, as well as event and convening spaces. In 2014, construction began on a studio building, which will be the nucleus of the Artist-in-Residence Program and complete the vision of the facility. Featuring ten studios, a communal meeting space and a media lab, the light-filled studios will provide artists with professional spaces for creating work. In addition to the construction of the studio building, renovations are taking place in the various other buildings at the Center, to optimize the spaces for the artist residency and engagement with the community. For more updates on construction progress and photos, please be sure to like our Facebook page.

Charles Rutledge, Jr. is overseeing the project. Architecture firm Lee Ledbetter & Associates designed the studio building, and architecture and urban design practice Office of Jonathan Tate handles renovations and site development. Palmisano Contractors is the general contractor for the new building, and Custom House New Orleans and Edifice Builders are renovating the existing buildings.

Members of the site development Advisory Council include Stephanie Atkins, Ron Bechet, Luther Gray, Ariana Hall, MaPo Kinnord-Payton, Darryl Montana, Kathy Randels, and Cameron Shaw. Other consultants include Nakita Shavers and New Orleans Black Men of Labor as community engagement liaisons.