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NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood is pleased to announce an impressive range of art exhibitions scheduled for 2014, from an exploration of Andy Warhol’s Flowers to award-winning student art and contemporary Japanese works in bamboo. Giant bugs will delight and entertain as a fun, family-friendly installation, and the legacy of a renowned Tennessee artist will be celebrated with artists’ pieces inspired by his work. In addition to existing artwork, a North Carolina artist will create a new, site-specific outdoor sculpture on Cheekwood’s grounds, combining art and nature as the third annual Martin Shallenberger Artist in Residence.

In 2014, visitors will have more opportunities to experience Cheekwood’s gardens and art exhibitions than ever before. Beginning January 1, the attraction will expand its visitor hours to the following:

   • Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
   • Every Friday, May through October, until 10 pm
   • Closed Mondays including Memorial Day & Labor Day; Closed June 7, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Featured 2014 Exhibitions include:

Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition
January 31- March 2
Cheekwood will display Gold Key Award-winning artwork by area high school students before the work goes on to be judged by a national panel in New York. Locally, the pieces were judged by a panel of local artists and educators as a part of the Scholastic Art Awards, the oldest continuously run art competition in the nation. These award recipients are in good company—Andy Warhol and Red Grooms are past winners. Cheekwood and The Tennessee Credit Union are proud to be regional sponsors of the art portion of this competition for the 23rd year.

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
March 22 – May 26
This fascinating exhibition explores innovative bamboo art since the mid-twentieth century, featuring rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States. Bamboo art is a vibrant and quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country’s social, artistic, and spiritual landscape through history. Fewer than 100 professional bamboo artists exist today, having spent decades mastering the art form and transforming traditional craft into a modern genre. Modern Twist brings the work of 17 of these artists to North American audiences, including works by the only two bamboo artists to hold the Japanese title of Living National Treasure.

Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence: Patrick Dougherty
March 22 – ongoing
Cheekwood will welcome North Carolina native Patrick Dougherty to Nashville in 2014 as its 3rd Annual Martin Shallenberger Artist in Residence. Dougherty is known for his giant, tangled works created from sticks and tree saplings, 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 for museums, botanic gardens, college campuses and private residencies. Each “stickwork” is site-specific and unique, and the large-scale piece he will create at Cheekwood will be designed in careful harmony with the estate’s gardens and grounds.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs
May 24 – August 31
This summer, the unseen creepers and crawlers of Cheekwood’s gardens will have their time in the spotlight as David Rogers’ Big Bugs invade the estate’s grounds. This seasonal outdoor installation will feature 11 massive-scale insect sculptures, including three giant ants, a gigantic daddy longlegs, and an enormous praying mantis. This exhibition follows Rogers’ 2001 Big Bugs exhibition at Cheekwood, promising imaginative, whimsical fun for kids and adults alike.

Andy Warhol’s Flowers
June 14 – September 7
Fifty years ago, Andy Warhol began working on silkscreen paintings of flowers, the only subject that he revisited throughout his entire career and in almost every medium. Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of an artist best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture. This exhibition traces Warhol’s engagement with floral images throughout his life, beginning with early commercial illustrations from the 1950s and the 1964 start of the Flowers series. The exhibition follows the flower theme through the artist’s career with photographs, paintings, and screen prints until 1986, just before his untimely death the following year. Visitors will get a rare chance to experience Warhol’s artificial flower images in parallel with the floral abundance of Cheekwood’s gardens.

William Edmondson and Friends
September 27 - January 3, 2015
William Edmondson was not only the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1937 he also has left a very tangible legacy in Nashville and beyond. Some of the city’s parks, streets, civic buildings, and historic markers bear his name. In 2014 the Edmondson Park will be reopened after extensive renovation and addition of two commissioned sculptures by the artists Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley. The Edmondson Park Public Art Project will have several community outreach components, including the Oasis Center, Lipscomb University/Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation and Cheekwood. Cheekwood’s exhibition will highlight the Edmondson sculptures from its permanent collection supplemented by selected loans from other collections. This will be the first survey exhibition of Edmondson’s work since Cheekwood organized the William Edmondson traveling exhibition in 2000-2001. Edmondson is a luminary in the story of 20th century American art and has served as a source of inspiration for many other artists, even during his lifetime. This exhibition presents Edmondson in the company of select works by sculptors and painters who have followed in his footsteps.

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. Current hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New 2014 Hours & Pricing: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October, open until 10 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car.

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