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Exhibitions - Upcoming


Jack Ladd, End of the Line

Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition

January 31 - April 19

For the 24th consecutive year, Cheekwood is proud to partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to host the Scholastic Art Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious student art competitions in the country. Creative, imaginative and talented teens from across Middle Tennessee are invited to submit works of art in a variety of categories.  More ...


Study of The Bonaventure Oaks, 2014, graphite on paper, 23x29 inches. Collection of Mary Trabue Meyer.

Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend

February 4 - April 19

In early 2015, Cheekwood will host A Celebration of Trees, tying together Tennessee’s Arbor Day, National Arbor Day, and Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, or “the New Year for Trees,” in honor of its Level IV Arboreteum status. The Celebration will be rooted with an exhibition in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art featuring works by noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, who is best known for exquisite renderings of his best loved subject: trees. With approximately 70 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend will be a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his painting career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. Brindley will be exhibiting a new drawing of Cheekwood’s historic Swan Lawn Oak Tree along with other new work and many tree-related drawings and paintings from the past three decades, including his studies of trees at Glen Leven, the staircase at the Tennessee Governor’s Residence and the Wisteria Arbor at Cheekwood. Brindley held his first exhibition here in 1982 and exhibited as part of the Temporary/Contemporary series in 1996.  More ...


The Heart of Trees, 2007 Seven bronze figures and seven trees, earth 39 x 26 x 39 inches (99 x 66 x 99 cm) each Installation view: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, England, 2011 Photo: Jonty Wilde

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

May 22 - November 1

In 2015, Cheekwood will debut a major exhibition of large-scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the latest grand-scale show to be featured at the estate’s historic grounds and museum of art. Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape will feature outdoor and indoor installations including sculptures imagined specifically for Cheekwood’s grounds. The exhibition is organized by Cheekwood in partnership with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, where four of the artist’s sculptures will also be on view. Plensa’s monumental sculpture Isabella (2014), installed near the entrance to the Frist Center, will mirror a “sister” cast iron sculpture sited at Cheekwood.  More ...

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