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Holiday at Cheekwood

November 28 - December 31

'Tis the season for holiday spirit at Cheekwood! From Santa portraits and live reindeer, gingerbread house workshops and festive music, to elaborately decorated trees and creative art activities - the end of the year is a fun and festive time at Cheekwood. Join us to make wonderful memories and start a lasting holiday tradition with your family!  More ...

Get up close and personal with two of Santa’s trusted North Pole companions on display Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: November 29 - December 21
Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

• Drop-In Studio: Holiday ‘ART’ivities
• Cookie Decorating
• Portraits with Santa in his Workshop (and select Fridays, December 5, 12 & 19, 3:00 – 5:00 pm)
• Museum Concert Series (2:00 – 3:30 pm)

William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold

September 27 2014 - January 4 2015

This fall, Cheekwood is honored to present William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold, an exhibition of works by renowned Nashville sculptor William Edmondson and the many sculptors and painters his life and art have inspired.

William Edmondson was a self-taught sculptor who made a lasting impression in the history of American art. The first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1937, Edmondson pushed the idea of self-taught to another level with a bold and sophisticated approach to making art from base material.

William Edmondson and Friends creates a dialogue between Edmondson and a range of artists, many of them from Tennessee, who have also broken the mold of their medium. Edmondson’s “friends” include Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial, Red Grooms, Olen Bryant, Puryear Mims, Alan LeQuire, Tom Rice, Meyer Wolfe and Greg Ridley.

William Edmondson and Friends invites visitors to meet the diverse community of artists who have carried forward Edmondson’s love for stone carving and interpreted it in often separate and distinct ways. More ... 

Photo by Elise Inman

Patrick Dougherty: Little Bitty Pretty One

March 22 2014 - March 31 2015

Cheekwood is thrilled to welcome North Carolina native Patrick Dougherty to Nashville as our 3rd Annual Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence. Dougherty is known for his giant, tangled works, described by The New York Times as “startling (and delightful) … woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons.” Over the last two decades, Dougherty has installed over 200 projects in many public and private places including museums, botanic gardens, college campuses, and private residencies.  His sculpture at Cheekwood, Little Bitty Pretty One, is inspired by an English Oast house.  More ...


September 22 2012 - ongoing

Winter Train Operating Hours:
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Train lovers, young conductors and engineers of all ages, let’s hear it for the Trains!  The exhibit features two amazing outdoor trains on three separate tracks, with so many wonderful details to explore, you’re sure to find something new every time you visit.
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