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NASHVILLE, TN. – This spring, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art will welcome Patrick Dougherty as its 2014 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence.

A sculptor specializing in large-scale outdoor works built with natural materials, Dougherty will spend the month of March creating a major, site-specific version of his acclaimed woven-wood “stickworks” for Cheekwood. The official exhibition of his completed work will run from March 22, 2014 to March of 2015, with a concurrent exhibition of photographs featuring select Dougherty installations from around the world.

Dougherty’s art combines his keen carpentry skills with his love of nature, implementing primitive building techniques and utilizing tree saplings as construction material. His process is both intuitive and carefully planned, relying on volunteers to help harvest local saplings and begin construction around a bare scaffold. Dougherty then uses sticks, branches and saplings to create his work’s signature details: hash marks, lines, and other “drawing” techniques.

Over the last two decades, the artist has installed over 200 of his sculptures in private and public spaces around the world, from college campuses and botanical gardens to private residences. Each year, he creates about ten sculptures on location.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Dougherty as our Artist-in-Residence for 2014,” said Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art. “Having an artist working onsite gives our members and visitors a rare front-row seat to the artist’s process. We can’t wait to see what Cheekwood inspires him to create.”

Dougherty will speak about his process and vision as a part of the Cheekwood’s Lunch and Lecture series on Thursday, March 20 at noon. His talk, entitled Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World, will explore his work and process as a sculptor building a national art career, as well as the specific challenges of building on-site and in public spaces. Seats are $15 for Cheekwood members and $25 for non-members; the fee includes lunch and admission to Cheekwood. Registration is required at

About the Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Program
Now in its third year, the Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence program brings national and international artists to Nashville to create one-of-a-kind pieces at Cheekwood, interacting with staff, visitors, and the arts community throughout the creative process. With its renowned gardens and art collections, Cheekwood offers visiting artists a great set of resources to reflect broadly on nature and sustainability within a global art world. This year, Cheekwood’s members and guests will have an incredible opportunity to watch Dougherty work, and repeat visitors will literally watch the exhibition take shape before their eyes.

About Cheekwood
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October, open until 10 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit

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