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NASHVILLE, TN, January 25, 2012 – Cheekwood has much in store for its members and visitors in 2012, and anticipates a great year for both attendance and noteworthy exhibitions and events. As one of Nashville’s botanical and cultural treasures, the nonprofit organization makes a strategic effort to attract and create exhibitions that engage Nashvillians of all ages.

Visitors still have a few months in 2012 to catch the exhibit that took Cheekwood by storm in the fall of 2011: Visions of the American West: Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. In this large-scale exhibition, Cheekwood explores the American West through fine art and artifacts on loan through a special partnership with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. A “Wild West Weekend” will celebrate the closing of the exhibition on March 3 and 4 with live music, lectures and fun art and crafts activities for the children.

For the twenty-first consecutive year, Cheekwood will join with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to host the Scholastic Art Competition and exhibition. From January 27 through February 19, visitors will have a chance to view the work of Tennessee’s most creative, imaginative, and talented teenagers in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art before the pieces travel to New York to be judged in the national competition.

As Cheekwood’s grounds jump into full bloom this spring, its exhibitions will change with the season as well. The featured exhibit, Anatomia Botanica, is the work of Mathilde Roussel, Cheekwood’s current Artist- in-Residence. The exhibit will feature drawings and sculptures, as well as installation pieces on display throughout Cheekwood’s grounds. Visitors will find themselves not only surrounded by contemporary art, but exploring the systems and processes that man and nature have in common. Anatomia Botanica will run March 24 through May 13. A family day with live music, lectures and activities will be held on opening day, March 24.

Beginning March 31, Cheekwood’s Museum of Art will celebrate its long tradition of collecting with its Permanent Residents exhibition, presenting selected treasures by American artists whose works have become part of the museum’s extensive collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts. The exhibition will include Cheekwood’s renowned portrait miniature collection and works by artists including Robert Henri, George Luks, Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and many more. Special galleries will be dedicated to two Nashville-born artists: painter-sculptor Red Grooms and African-American sculptor William Edmonson.

Cheekwood’s Temporary Contemporary this spring will feature Anthology by Nashville artist Hans Schmitt-Matzen. A combination of library photography and painting, the work in this exhibition provides a mixed-media experience in color and movement, capturing the feeling of panning across spines of books on a shelf. Anthology will run March 24 through May 28.

Visitors to Cheekwood won’t want to miss Every Tree Tells a Story, on display from May 26 through September 3. Organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, this fascinating exhibition will consist of 25 images by twelve prize-winning and renowned photographers. Just as architecture and other landmarks can be historically significant, the images in this collection will feature the trees associated with historically important people and events that have shaped communities and cultures.

Cheekwood will showcase seven all-new Treehouses on its grounds in 2012, each designed to represent one of literature’s great works as a part of a summer literature theme. Area architects, landscape architects, and artists will submit designs; winning plans will be chosen by a juried panel. To protect the botanical garden’s tree collection, designers must attach the structures to the trees without nails, screws, or bolts. The treehouses will be on display from May 26 to September 3.

As the summer turns to fall, Cheekwood’s beloved Scarecrows! tradition will return as well. These traditional symbols of harvest time will be found hiding all over the gardens and grounds during the month of October, each the special project of a civic group, school class, family or other participating group.

“Cheekwood’s new strategic initiatives are being realized through the offering of exciting exhibitions, garden events, and public programs aimed at bringing national renown to this Nashville treasure,” said Jane Offenbach, President & CEO of Cheekwood.

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