Greetings from Nashville and Welcome to Cheekwood
Once the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, this extraordinary 1930s estate, with its historic mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanic garden, arboretum and museum.
Whether you are visiting online or in person, I invite you to experience Cheekwood’s incomparable beauty and the exhilaration its historic landscape provides as a setting for outdoor contemporary sculpture. Enjoy a visually enticing stroll along a 1.5 mile woodland sculpture trail or a meandering walk through 13 distinct gardens and delight in an extraordinary array of horticultural displays. Visit the Cheek Mansion, now a museum, for a look at the lifestyle of the American Country Place Era, and walk through family rooms restored to showcase original furnishings and converted to galleries where artworks from our permanent collection or a traveling exhibition will inspire you.
Cheekwood offers many diverse experiences, but a singularly serene environment that will leave you restored and rejuvenated. The Cheeks’ hospitality, once meant for their immediate family and friends, now extends to you. So be our guest today. Leave the world behind and indulge yourself in the beauty and magnificence of Cheekwood!
Jane O. MacLeod
President & CEO
Jane O. MacLeod brings more than 35 years of marketing, museum and public garden experience to her role as President and CEO of Cheekwood. Since joining the nonprofit organization in 2010, Jane’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in transforming the historic estate into one of the Southeast’s premier art and garden destinations. She was at the helm of The Cheekwood Campaign, which raised $37M, making possible the new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, and renovation of the Frist Learning Center, Blevins Japanese Garden, and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, and substantially increasing the institution’s endowment.
Under Jane’s leadership, Cheekwood has continually set new records in admissions, membership, and contributions, and hosted such blockbuster exhibitions as Bruce Munro’s LIGHT (2013), Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (2015), and Chihuly at Cheekwood (2020); as well as the debut of the historic 1930s refurnishing of the Cheekwood Mansion in 2017. During her tenure, she directed the development of Cheekwood in Bloom, Cheekwood Harvest, and Holiday LIGHTS, and led the creation of three, five-year Strategic Plans and a long-term Master Plan to advance the historic institution as one of the finest American Country Place Era Estates in the nation. Under Jane’s management, the institution was fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2016 and recognized as a nationally accredited Level II Arboretum in 2020; in addition to earning three USA Today Top Ten Botanical Garden distinctions.
Jane previously served in leadership roles at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She has served as Director at Large on the national Board of Directors of the American Public Gardens Association and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Jane is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Nashville. She has been recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2014 Woman of Influence; a 2019 Nashville Post Most Powerful Woman; and a 2022 Nashville Post CEO of the Year.