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American Artists at Home and Abroad

June 18 - December 31

Selections from the Cheekwood Permanent Collection will be on view to tell the story of American artists who have journeyed across the world, experiencing and drawing influence from cultures near and far. Works by Childe Hassam, Alexander Calder, Red Grooms, and many more will be on view.

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2016 Artist-in-Residence: Kensuke Yamada

June 11 - October 16

The exhibition of our 2016 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, Kensuke Yamada, is now open. Diving through Cloudsis on view in the Courtyard Gallery at the Frist Learning Center.

Yamada, best known for his Japanese influence and whimsical style, is Cheekwood’s 2016 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence.

Yamada is loved for his unique and playful designs, so it will be a rewarding experience for our guests, particularly kids, to see and be inspired by his work at Cheekwood. 

About the Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Program

Now in its fifth 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.

International Playhouses

May 21 - September 4

Calling kids of all ages – Let’s play! This summer, Cheekwood will present International Playhouses, an exciting and interactive installation throughout our East gardens. The summer exhibition will showcase six new playhouses, each inspired by and artfully designed to represent the architecture of the global destinations the Cheek family visited in the 1920s and 1930s. 

The Cheek family spent many years traveling the world and finding international inspiration that would eventually lead to the construction and design of one of Nashville’s most beautiful and historic treasures.  As we look forward to 2017 and the restoration of the historic Cheek Mansion, visitors can plan to take a Grand Tour of their own, right here on the grounds of Cheekwood – interacting with the unique, internationally-inspired structures created to represent a city, country, or culture the Cheek family visited in the early 20th Century.

The playhouses were chosen by a juried panel from designs submitted by area architects, landscape architects, and artists who have let their imaginations run wild.  More information ...

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Steve Tobin: Southern Roots

February 20 - September 4

(Indoor exhibition ends on May 29)

In 2016, Cheekwood will present the work of internationally-acclaimed artist, Steve Tobin. This exhibition Steve Tobin: Southern Roots will not only be on view in the Museum of Art, but it will also continue throughout Cheekwood’s vast landscape. Five outdoor areas will host Tobin’s monumental work, most notably his “Steel Root” sculptures.  While in the Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Southern Roots in the second floor gallery spaces, each providing an intimate setting to observe a particular style and medium from the artist’s vast portfolio of work. In addition to steel and bronze, Tobin incorporates natural elements such as wood, glass, and ceramics into his beautiful, mysterious, and dramatic pieces of sculpture.  Tobin’s newest work, using wood from fallen trees in Costa Rica, has never before been exhibited, and will be a highlight of the Steve Tobin: Southern Roots exhibition.   


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